About the Mission
The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to helping the homeless, hungry, addicted and abused in the Northern Nevada area.
“We’re here to meet people at their point of pain,” says Executive Director Luis Santoni. “Once we’ve got them stabilized, we’ll work on spiritual issues, employment, social services and counseling. We look at each person as a whole.”
The Mission relies entirely on the generous gifts of individuals, families, churches, foundations and businesses that share this vision and care about the downtrodden.
Since 1963, the Mission has:
- Served more than 10 million hot meals
- Given away more than 2 million pieces of clothing
- Provided more than 2.3 million nights of warm beds
- Helped more than 75,000 alcoholics and drug addicts
The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission . . .
- is Northern Nevada’s largest faith-based provider of services to the needy and homeless, with 150 warm, clean beds for men, women and children and nearly 500,000 meals served annually.
- offers one of Nevada’s largest addiction recovery programs, with 100 beds for men and women. The 13-month program addresses the client’s spiritual, physical and emotional needs.
- operates a men’s residence, women’s shelter, emergency lodging (for women and children), transitional/rental housing, warehouse, and four thrift stores.
- ministers to the community through numerous outreaches and services, including a food pantry, holiday meals, coat and blanket drives, and annual “Random Acts of Kindness” events in low-income neighborhoods.
- There would be no compromise of the Gospel;
- A sin is a sin;
- And no one could preach unless they stressed the simple faith in Christ for salvation.
The transformation had begun, but it was far from complete. The Bronx Hotel — now the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission — was rapidly becoming overcrowded. Nightly, men slept on the pews and ground, curling up wherever they could rest their heads. They waited outside in the winter for a cup of hot coffee. They filled the nightly chapel services, hungry for direction in life. The Mission expanded, with staff and volunteers tearing down the roof of an adjacent storage room to build a 50-bed dormitory. Carpenters volunteered their time, using materials donated from the old First Evangelical Free Church. The Mission’s growth brought such services as a thrift store and warehouse. But still it languished in financial struggles and identity problems. Many thought the Mission was the problem with downtown’s woes of decreased tourism and gaming. Then the man with a slow, Southern drawl came into town.
Board & Staff
Meet Our Board
President Carl Hebert. A Reno-area attorney, Carl has served on the Board of Directors since January 1993 and as Board President since 1995. He has a degree in Criminal Justice from California State University-Sacramento, is an Army veteran, and has lived in Reno for more than 20 years. He is an active member of a local church.
Vice President Bill West. Bill is the Senior Pastor at the Bridge Church in Reno. A North Carolina native, Bill graduated from Columbia Bible College and has served in ministry for over 30 years. He is passionate about helping those far from God come to know Him and begin to walk closely with Him. He has been married to Kim for over 30 years and has four grown children.
Treasurer Coy Russell, Jr. A registered construction inspector for more than 40 years, Coy specializes in overseeing residential, educational, industrial and medical facilities. His projects include the Kaiser Walnut Creek Medical Center, Children’s Hospital in Oakland, and the Stanford University Cancer Treatment Center at Palo Alto. Coy, with degrees from Cal-Berkeley and the University of San Francisco, works in Construction Administration for NTD Architects in Auburn, CA. He has led Young Life Clubs, taught Sunday school classes for newlyweds and has held positions as deacon and elder. He has been married to Karen for over 42 years and the two live in Applegate, CA. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Board Member Nathan DuPree. Nathan is Senior Pastor of the Encounter Church in Reno, where he has served since 2006. A gifted running back, Nathan played football at Bakersfield College and San Jose State University. He also worked 14 years in the Washoe County Juvenile Justice system before going into full-time ministry in 2011. Currently a student at Multnomah Bible College in Reno, Nathan’s passion is reaching the lost with the Gospel, and teaching God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. Nathan has been married to Denise for over 14 years. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.
Our Dedicated Staff
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In loving memory of Executive Director Pastor Rick Redding
(February 28, 1963 – March 24, 2019)
Pastor Rick Redding, MA, MFT, LCADC
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist / Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
- Oversees operations and personnel
- Media/community relations
- Website and publications
- Substance abuse recovery program
- Outpatient counseling center
- Fiscal responsibility
- Corporate/business partnerships
- Donor services
- Planned giving (bequests, estates, wills)
- Front office
- Special events
- General information
- Mailing list
- Emergency/transitional housing
- Social services referrals
Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission is a 501(c)(3) charity. All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law and you will receive a receipt for your tax purposes. All material donations may be re-sold with the proceeds going to help the homeless and the needy. Our records are audited or reviewed yearly by an outside, independent accounting firm that holds us to the highest of standards. Their report is available for private screening. Donors or potential donors with further questions or who want personal assistance should call Executive Director Luis Santoni at (775) 323-0386, Ext. 11. For more information on donations and how you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of our staff. We can never thank you enough. God bless you for caring!