Richmond nonprofit leader honored for helping the homeless

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Bay Area Rescue Mission BARM

Reverend John M. Anderson, president and CEO of Richmond’s Bay Area Rescue Mission, has been honored with the Russ Reid Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions at their conference in Dallas.

Anderson was honored for his 35 years of service, helping countless homeless community members overcome the circumstances that devastated their lives.

Anderson himself was homeless for a spell in the early 1980s, and credits his discovery of faith — and the San Diego Rescue Mission — for turning his life around. He dedicated the next part of his life to the San Diego Rescue Mission, eventually become  the organization’s Executive Director, before moving to Richmond in 1993. Anderson has served as the President/CEO of the Bay Area Rescue Mission since January 2000.

The Bay Area Rescue Mission provides more than 2,500 meals every day and 250 beds every night, in addition to a number of programs that help the homeless improve their lives.

The Russ Reid Award for Lifetime Achievement is named for the founder of the Russ Reid Corporation. Reid was a longtime supporter and member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Bay Area Rescue Mission was founded in 1965 and is one of Northern California’s largest privately funded nonprofit ministries dedicated to helping the homeless and those in need. 

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