Celebrating the Tenure of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission's Wade Trimmer in Council
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 08, 2018 at 1:40 PM
This week in Council, I had the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate an indispensable partner and ally. Wade Trimmer has served our community as the Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission for the last 6 years which provides shelter for families experiencing homelessness in addition to critical outreach services.
As a Councilmember, I recognize that we are only as effective as the partners we work with who do much of the frontline work. In the past 6 years, I can think of few people whose partnership has been as essential as Wade Trimmer.
He is a man who has dedicated his life to service. Before starting at the Mission, he served as Associate Director for My Friend’s Place – a drop-in center for homeless youth; he co-founded and served as Executive Director of Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project; and was Executive Director of the Mentoring Project – a nationwide effort to mentor and assist fatherless young men. Taken together, he has spent 26 years of his life in service to those with the greatest need.
In his time as Executive Director of the Rescue Mission, the recent homelessness crisis has made the services they provide absolutely critical to our city. And while communities are often resistant to shelters, the Rescue Mission is a model neighbor. Under his leadership, he proved that well managed shelters can contribute to and help communities.
The family shelter provides a safe place for children to return after attending school and its guests participate in community events such as my Making Movies that Matter Film Festival in which they won an award this year. Wade has also helped expand their services beyond just the guests with outreach services to the chronically homeless. Together with my office, we were able to raise funds to supply two SOS Mobile Mission Shower units which provide over 1000 showers and hot meals per month per unit.
It’s hard to imagine the Rescue Mission without Wade, but because he did such a good job with developing its staff and programs, I know his legacy will be the continued success of the shelter in its support of the community and the thousands of lives it has blessed.
Wade will of course continue to support those in need as he joins the National Health Foundation as their Chief Innovation Officer and VP of Housing. Congratulations and best wishes!
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