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Welcoming a new year at the Mission

How can it be the New Year already? Looking back at 2021, if I had to sum up how I feel about 2021, I’d say it simply: “Our God is awesome.” We got front row seats to watch God accomplish so many things, including seeing three clients graduate our men’s Life Recovery Program and four…

Great Christmas celebrations are coming!

On Thursday, Dec. 16, the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds will be full of Christmas joy. The annual Great Christmas Toy Drive-thru Giveaway will be underway. Like 2020, it will be a drive-thru event. This year we will have Santa and his elves do an interactive Tweet with the Children. Our favorite band, Tuba Force, will…

George is praying for restoration with his children after hitting rock bottom

A few years after high school when he was working for his dad at his machine shop, George developed an addiction to cocaine. He battled it from 1998 to 2002. “During that period, nobody knew except my dad,” he said. “I quit cold turkey with his help and I kept myself clean-no alcohol, no tobacco,…

Mission opens new women’s shelter

This month marks a major milestone for the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, as we officially open our new women’s shelter. We feel blessed to be able to expand in this way, and look forward to even more growth in the future. In our desert, the need for shelter is so apparent-all you have to do…

After struggling with ‘bitterness,’ Ray welcomes restoration

Ray* was raised in Irvine and said he grew up “with Jesus on the wall, but not ever going to church.” His childhood was riddled with abuse at the hands of his father. “It was the real definition of abuse,” Ray said. “There were bruises up and down my back, black eyes, busted lips.” Ray…

Ernie focuses on serving others, restoring his relationships, at Mission

When Ernie talks about his early childhood, he describes it as average-even “fair.” But at around 10 years old, things changed. “It was OK, despite my parents not getting along and divorcing when I was young,” he said. “I always had what I needed. It was good. But it did take a turn when my…

Bill Boots on the Ground

How do you answer this question? My friends from the streets of the Victor Valley answer this question the same way many of us do. They say, “I don’t like change.” They live a life making decisions just like us, but most of theirs are ones of survival. When they wake up, they are faced…

Bill Boots on the Ground

What is your legacy? How do you want others to think of you when they remember your life? I was able to attend a family reunion recently where we spoke of many of our family members and the memories we had with them. When I reflect on legacy and what it means-a gift that is…

Tom and Carrie: A life restored

Tom’s story, which he reflected on recently more than seven years after graduating the Mission’s Life Recovery Program, is one of redemption and restoration. After addiction destroyed his family-he had a good life with wife, Carrie, and their children-Tom spent years in and out of jail. After the couple divorced in 1998, Carrie was in…

When there is no place left to turn

Just like many of the guests at the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, I too have a very broken past. But I just got to celebrate 14 years clean and sober on August 1st, thank you, Jesus! When people hear of my position as director of the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, I like to tell them…

Bill’s Boots on the Ground

Food for Thought Hi friends, I cannot believe 2021 is here! The Victor Valley Rescue Mission wants to extend a Happy New Year to all of you, our donors and partners in “Changing Lives for Good.” COVID has definitely changed the world in many ways, and yet the needs of those experiencing homelessness remain unchanged.…

Christmas meal, toy giveaway will go on in 2020

While it will certainly look differently, the Mission’s Christmas event will go on this year. We will serve a Christmas meal to our local homeless guests, and will bless the community with the gospel, and toys for the children. Our annual Christmas meal for our local community members experiencing homelessness will, as per usual, be…