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    Annual Christmas Toy Store

    Christmas is a magical time of year that should not be missed by any family. With our annual Christmas Toy Store, we hope to make the holidays memorable for our current and former guests. Each year, we partner with Pastor Dave Polus and Every Nation City Church to make that happen. This year’s store, held…

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    Wade’s Word – December

    The other day, I was sorting through some memorabilia in my garage, and I came across a photo from 23 years ago. The photo was of Dave, a homeless man who I had case managed in my early career. I was not able to share this story with him before he passed away from complications…

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    LA Rams Mascot, Cheerleaders Host Holiday Party at Valley Rescue Mission

    Printed in the Los Angeles Daily News, December 21, 2016 Los Angeles Rams mascot Rampage and the team’s cheerleaders joined forces with Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions employees Tuesday in Northridge, where they kicked off a holiday party at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Much to the delight of about 60 homeless and needy families,…

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    Wade’s Word – January

    The New Year is upon us and I always find that it is a great time to reflect, make course adjustments, and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments. For our team we recognize that we could not do our work without having generous donors, volunteers, and community partners working alongside us. In 2016, we continued to…

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    Pathway to Employment

    We are always grateful for our corporate partners who volunteer their time and share their resources with us. One of our most recent partners is Ralphs grocery. When Ralphs hosted their first event, it was quite a remarkable sight. Smiling employees began pouring out of their cars and into our playground with boxes of toys,…

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    Fearless Kids Conquer School and Roller Coasters

    As a reward for academic performance, the kids from our family shelter were treated to a day at Universal Studios. The day started with students receiving brand new backpacks, shoes, clothes, hygiene products, jackets, and story books all thanks to Operation School Bells. The students received VIP treatment throughout the whole day at the park….

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    A Place to Catch her Breath

    Walking into the mission today, you will be greeted by one of our guests, Martha. Martha is affectionately called, “Grandma” by some of our younger guests. She and her daughter Denise became homeless after Denise was laid off. When the economy took a downward turn, Denise was unable to find a job. After going through…

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    Wade’s Word – February

    For the past eight years, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission has been providing showers to our chronically homeless neighbors through our mobile shower program. Over the years, we have provided thousands of people with the opportunity to enhance their dignity through this program. We have also helped several other groups start similar programs throughout…

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    Pursing Big Dreams Through Small Business

    This past year, through our partnership with The Pepperdine Microenterprise Program, several of our guests have been able to pursue their dreams of starting their own small businesses. The program, through Pepperdine University, is designed to help underprivileged members of the Los Angeles community find gainful employment and launch micro-businesses. In December of 2016, three…

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    Clean Starts

    We are always looking for new ways to help those we serve live fulfilling lives and better serve our community. The Clean Starts/Clean Streets program is an excellent example of a new program we launched recently. In partnership with Councilmember Mitchell Englander, Northridge Sparkle and Mayor Garcetti’s office, the mission piloted this program to provide…

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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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    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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    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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    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.

  • Elaine’s Story – A Mother’s Prayer

    Elaine and 7-year-old son Jordon were living in their car with no idea where their next meal would come from…