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    Drought has Impact Beyond the Obvious

    The current drought is a very real issue to anyone living in Southern California. Our lawns are getting browner, our showers are getting shorter, and our water bills are getting higher. And even at the food pantries, folks are feeling the effects of the drought. With the ever-increasing price of groceries, more Southern California residents…

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    A Strange Answer to Prayer – One prayer led him to the mission

    So many things have affected my life; drug dealing, being in a gang, abuse, my addiction, failed relationships, etc. It all came to an end on April 1, 2014. That night it seemed I had nothing to live for. I wasn’t being a parent. I was strung out. The police were looking for me. It’s…

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    Rosie Loves to Help!

    Rosie has been receiving food from Calvary Baptist Church’s Thursday food distribution for a while, and she always arrives early. One very hot summer day, she was standing under a shade tree trying to keep cool while waiting for the food distribution to start. The director of the ministry saw her and invited her inside…

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    Set Free…

    My name is Rob Sullivan and I am letting Jesus change my life here at Central Coast Rescue Mission. I was an out of control meth addict – I bought, sold, and made meth for 17 years. Meth was my way of life. I felt that I needed meth to fuel my desire for money,…

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    Gods Promises are True!

    My childhood was a good one. I grew up healthy with a loving father and mother. I knew deep down inside that there was a God, but in my early teens I began learning about the world and fell away from any belief that I had. When I was 12, my father moved away for…

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    Rescue Mission serves up early Thanksgiving dinner

    Published in the Santa Maria Times (Link to Article) Food served by volunteers from local churches, nonprofit organizations and businesses was piled high onto plates for hundreds of Santa Maria residents getting a free Thanksgiving feast Tuesday. “Santa Maria takes care of its people, and what isn’t provided, we will provide to make sure every…

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    First Time Visitors to the Food Pantry

    Their names are Joshua and Hillary. About three years ago, Hilary’s mother passed away, they lost custody of their child, and have been on the street living out of their car, which they share with three dogs.

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    Reap What You Sow

    The Bible is very clear that you reap what you sow. For those sowing good seed, this is a principle that brings comfort. Such was the case for a recent new guest to the Food Pantry. Marleen is a volunteer for an outreach program that assists single parents provide essential items for their children such…

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    From Helper to Helped

    Hello, my name is Jamie. About a year and a half ago, I visited the Thursday food giveaway and I immediately felt at home. The people were nice and generous and it meant so much to me because I had been out of work for a while due to a hand injury at my job….

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    I Need to Make a U-Turn

    My name is Cody Tucker and I am 23 years old. I was born and raised in Santa Maria. I was a good athlete in high school, but I began to drink and party. This caused me to lose sight of what is important in life. After high school I completed two years at Allan…

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    Thank YOU!

    Boris would visit our food pantry every Tuesday. He would walk from his home three blocks away and would always be wearing a pressed dress shirt, tie, and neatly pleated slacks. After speaking to him, we learned that he had lost his aerospace job in Nevada earlier in 2011. So, he decided to move back…

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    Desperate Prayers of a Desperate Man

    I was a fully functioning alcoholic. I worked a good job making a good living. I had a great place to live and on the outside, I seemed content and happy. Slowly I was destroying my life and living in a pit of depression. Several times in different places, I have seen this pattern in…

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    Experiencing God’s Unconditional Love!

    When I came to the Lighthouse for Women and Children, I was a mess. I had just gotten out of Hillmont Mental Hospital and just got my two boys back. I had nowhere to go with my children. We were sleeping on my friend’s couch and had all our things in my car. We had…

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    Under Construction

    In Psalm 40 it says, “I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” This verse is my story in a nutshell. I was raised in…

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    Backpacks for Students

    VICTORVILLE • A group of local organizations handed out 600 backpacks to K-12 students on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming academic year. The group, which included Victor Valley Rescue Mission and High Desert Transitional Living, gave backpacks containing school supplies to students at the First Christian Church in Victorville, VVRM employee Veronica Trujillo said….

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    Looking Into the Struggle

    I have always been an avid reader. I often read three or four books at a time. One day, when I saw a group of small children at the local homeless shelter, I began to think about what I could do to touch these lives. I started doing research and kept coming back to literacy:…

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    Real Food!

    It was over two years ago that I first came to the Victor Valley Rescue Mission for food. It was then that I began to sense that these people had some food that was not natural: something that brought joy and wholeness that I truly wanted. Since that time, I entered the Life Recovery Program…

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    Residents of rescue mission in Oxnard reunite with familes

    Published in the Star Free Press (Link to article) Rudy Garcia, a married father of five, was addicted to methamphetamine and lost custody of his children when he and his wife decided to change their lives with help from the Ventura County Rescue Mission. “We were without a home and burned all of our bridges…

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    Finding Love

    Although Matt grew up in a Christian home in Orange County, he experienced physical and verbal abuse as a child. He was introduced to drugs and alcohol in high school and thought he found the perfect escape from his painful reality. What started as rebellion, turned into destruction. He went to rehab for two months…

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    Striving to Serve More Families

    Opening the 90-bed family shelter last year was the culmination of years of planning and work, but we knew when it opened that we would need to do much more. As the housing and homelessness crisis deepens in Los Angeles and in the San Fernando Valley, the need for solutions is growing quickly and it…

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    The Life Recovery Program in Action

    Jake grew up attending church and had spent time volunteering with his youth group at the Ventura County Rescue Mission. He never thought he would one day be one of the residents of the recovery program. His addictions caused him to lose his wife, lose his job, and spend time ‘couch surfing’. He was strung…

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    A Special Kind of Store

    For one day only, part of the Every Nation City Church becomes a very special shop where our families, past and present, can ‘shop’ for Holiday Gifts. The idea came to us a few years back when we saw how happy parents were to be able to give a gift, no matter how small, to…

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    Wade’s Word: More Guests, More Thanksgiving Blessings

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner and as you read this, we will be in our state-of-the-art kitchen whipping up dinner for 750 of our dear friends and neighbors. In case you are curious what that takes, here is a partial shopping list: 400 pounds of Turkey 75 loaves of bread 375 pounds of mashed…

  • Thanksgiving at the Mission

    At Thanksgiving, no one should go hungry in the San Fernando Valley. Around San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s tables, there will be poor and homeless men, women, and children – who are out of a job, out of money, or struggling with addictions having their first Thanksgiving on the streets. For these people, real change…

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    What if your dream is small?

    Dream big! That’s what we’re supposed to say to our kids and our friends and to the world in general. We’re supposed to pursue audacious goals and work hard to achieve them. I believe in dreaming big, otherwise I’m in the wrong line of work. But, I also believe in dreaming small. Imagine that the…

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    There’s no such thing as a little donor…or is there?

    Saige is one of our newest friends at the rescue mission. At 6 years old, she may be one of the littlest donors we’ve ever had. Saige was encouraged by her teacher at High Desert Church to think of a way she could serve the community, so she decided she wanted to sell cupcakes to…

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    SFV Rescue Mission Forges New Bonds with CSUN

    The facility, just blocks from campus, has allowed the partnership between the Rescue Mission and CSUN to develop even greater synergy. The university’s Unified We Serve group funnels scores of student and staff volunteers to the Rescue Mission, where they play with the children and assist with homework, serve meals and coordinate clothing drives. Click…

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    Parenting Class – Incentives Program

    Through our collaboration with the Master in Social Work program at California State University Northridge, we host weekly parenting classes focused on empowering parents and supporting the whole family. Cynthia Lemus, a first year MSW student, co-leads the classes. To support parents, Cynthia created an incentives program that rewards children for positive behaviors and promotes…

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    Recycled Bicycles Bring Hope

    Fleet Street Bicycles has been a community fixture for several years, offering bicycle repair and refurbishing as well as bicycle safety education. Fleet Street’s bicycle mechanics include residents of Pacific Lodge Youth Services in Woodland Hills who are trained by dedicated volunteers. The young men ages 13 to 18 are in the juvenile justice system

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    Pint-Sized Super Hero Makes a Huge Difference

    By day, mild mannered James is as you would expect a four-year-old to be; bright, cheery, active and busy at school and play. But what many don’t know is that he has a not-so-secret identity: He is Action Movie Kid! James’ dad, Daniel Hashimoto is a visual effects artist who cleverly animates his son’s antics…

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    Volunteer Shining Star: Raquel

    Raquel has been a San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Volunteer since January 2016. She is a shining star in the mission’s kitchen, creating and serving beautiful, healthy meals for the residents. Additionally, she shares her love and kindness to the children, spending quality time with them.