About Us

Who We Are


Ruth and Naomi’s Mission is not a charity that simply meets people’s needs. We are a supportive network of caring professional staff and energized volunteers who daily engage with those who experience poverty, homelessness and addiction and join with these friends on a journey of self-discovery and personal transformation.

Our History

The roots of Ruth & Naomi’s Mission dates back to 2000 when a couple began to distribute home-made sandwiches in-and-around the area of Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack.

The need soon outgrew the resources and over the years, various store-front locations were secured to offer drop-in connections with coffee, sandwiches and soup.

In 2005, a Board of Directors were formed and a registered not-for-profit society was created.

In 2010, a vacated dry-cleaning business was purchased on Margaret Avenue and used as a site for evening suppers and emergency shelter. Later, the building was replaced and by 2012, new and expanded services and residential addiction recovery programs were developed in partnership with the City of Chilliwack, BC Housing and the broader community while still maintaining the heart and values of the original founders.

Our Continuum of Care



Bill Raddatz



John Gray



Cheryl Giesbrecht



Karen Hoeppner



Sharon Holburn

Resident Engagement & Assessment Manager


Estera Miha

Resident Engagement & Assessment Associate


Alicia Aragon

Resident Engagement Worker

Greg Rusk

Resident Engagement Worker

Kevin Findlay

Resident Engagement Worker

Kevin Slingerland

Men’s Recovery Engagement Manager


Cory Buettner

Street Pastor/Support Services


Steven Martinolich

Support Services Supervisor


Tony Thompson

Kitchen Manager

Stephanie Simpson

Wearhouse Supervisor

Why do we do what we do?

The Bible reminds us …

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me.” Then those standing there asked him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in or without clothes and cloth you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you?” And Jesus answered them, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

    – Matthew 25:35-40

There will always be poor people in the land. That is why I command you to be ready to help your brother or sister. Give to the poor in your land who need help.

    – Deuteronomy 15:11

When you live in the land the Lord your God is giving you, there might be some poor people living among you. You must not be selfish. You must not refuse to give help to them. You must be willing to share with them. You must lend them whatever they need.

    – Deuteronomy 15:7-8

Give freely to the poor person, and do not wish that you didn’t have to give. The Lord your God will bless your work and everything you touch.

    – Deuteronomy 15:10

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults – unless of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting is the way. Generosity begets generosity.

    – Luke 6:38

Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

    – Proverbs 14:31

Good people care about justice for the poor, but the wicked are not concerned.

    – Proverbs 29:7

Whoever ignores the poor when they cry for help will also cry for help and not be answered.

    – Proverbs 21:13


Our compassion compels us …

Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” It is the feeling that rises inside of you when confronted with another person’s suffering and you feel motivated to relieve that suffering.


Empathy, a related but different concept, invites and receives the perspective of another and enters in to their world of emotion and pain.  Compassion involves the desire to help and find ways to alleviate a person’s pain.


Loving God by transforming our community one life at a time.


Transforming the lives of the poor, the homeless and the addicted by bringing hope and healing through the love of God.