Chief Financial Officer
Director of Development
Jessica graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center Iowa, in 2004 with a bachelor’s in Communication: Public Relations. After college she moved across the country from Iowa to Visalia, CA. Jessica worked at Centex Homes in their Design Studio and Marketing/Sales Dept for three and a half years. In 2008 she was hired by the Visalia Rescue Mission and now resides as the Director of Development for the Mission. She adores her job of connecting the community with the work that the Lord is doing at the Mission and counts it a privilege to work for such an amazing organization.
Jessica enjoys anything involving food, friends, family, socializing and travel. In June 2012, she married Forrest Cavale.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
My name is Mark Shelton and I am the Vice President of Valley Business Bank for the past 8 years of my 30 year banking career. I have served various non-profit organizations over the years and have been serving on the Visalia Rescue Mission board for 8 years. I am very committed to my wife of 31 years and best friend Diane. I love my family and am enjoying being a grandfather! I am a committed Christian and have spent my life developing my relationship with Jesus Christ.
Women's Program Director
I have been employed at the Visalia Rescue Mission as the Women’s Program Director since August 2006 and oversee the women’s facilities and programs. I have a bachelors degree in education and I am CAS certified (Certified Alcoholism and Other Drug Addiction Recovery Specialist). I enjoy working at the mission because I have a passion for helping women overcome addiction and homelessness.
Director of Thrift Store Operations
Hi, my name is Sherri White and I am the Director of Thrift Store Operations for the Mission. I oversee all processes for donation pickups, warehouse production, Rescued Treasures Superstore and the Simply Chic Boutique. The position is unique as it calls for a skill set in both the retail environment as well as the production environment. I feel as though I was divinely appointed to my position for this reason. I immensely enjoy my job and knowing how all the work is ultimately benefitting the people in our community. I remain open to however the Lord wants to continue to use me at the Mission and feel so blessed to be a part of it all!
Director of Men's Shelter Services
Kurt was born and raised in Visalia, California. He left Visalia to attend Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon and began a street ministry that defines his life today. Kurt has been associate pastor, senior pastor and minister to the homeless since 1977. He is the founder of Church On The Street Atlanta, Georgia where he ran ministry training in homeless ministry to over 10,000 students in Atlanta over a 10 year period. He has developed homeless ministry outreach to 37 cities across the country. He is a published author and public speaker. Kurt returned to Visalia in 2012 to join the Visalia Rescue Mission team in caring for the homeless.
Kurt’s books are available here on PDF file:
Living on Skid Row is a book of true stories that emphasizing God's love and empowerment for the homeless and poor in the darkest crevices of our nation's streets.
Mother’s Hope: A Miracle on Skid Row is a testimony to the power of God and family through a rare experience with Atlanta’s homeless population on Mother’s Day.
Saddle Soar, autobiographical in nature, is a devotional book that chronicles Kurt’s cross country bicycle journey, with proceeds raised for the homeless.