It is the mission of The Mercy Warehouse to provide food for those in need through the sale of donated goods. We take in tax-deductible donations of unwanted goods, clothing, and furniture. We then sort and sell them in our 20,000 square-foot facility. Our thrift store is open for sales every day. We are uniquely able to leverage valuable community and corporate relationships, causing every dollar that we earn in our thrift store to stretch into large quantities of high-quality groceries. We give away over one million dollars in retail value of groceries each year. We feed over 1,000 people every week through our local food bank in Laguna Niguel, our weekly homeless outreaches into Santa Ana and Los Angeles, and through our sponsorship of three orphanages in Tijuana, Mexico.
In addition to our food ministry, we are also deeply passionate about helping the homeless population of South Orange County. We currently provide clothing, bedding, toiletries, and other needed supplies to those that come to us for assistance. We have also been blessed to be able to provide support for individuals wanting to get back on their feet as they secure housing and meaningful employment. In 2022, we gave away over $25,000 worth of goods in the form of furniture, clothing, household items, and bedding to recently housed homeless, detox and sober living residents, homeless ministries, and other Christian ministries to support their efforts.
We are a volunteer-run organization. We now have over 500 members of our community giving over 15,000 hours every year toward seeing the mission of The Mercy Warehouse fulfilled. Some volunteers come one time for a special project, others are here every day! We are blessed to work with some of the most generous and kind-hearted people. We are so grateful for their time and would love to have you join us!
In the early 1990’s, Mike Hudgins, the founder of The Mercy Warehouse, was on a humanitarian trip to the impoverished city of Calcutta, now named Kolkata. While there, he decided that he would visit Mother Teresa. He wound up speaking with her in her compound while seated on a bench outside her bedroom door. She told him that he needed to “look, see, and do something about it” - even in his own hometown. This became the driving vision behind The Mercy Warehouse. We began doing just that in 2008 during the recession, and have been helping those in need ever since.
History and foundation
Mission & Purpose
Expanding our reach
Service in action