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MICHELLE VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SEEN, SAFE, AND LOVED

Michelle Downs has dedicated the last 20-plus years of her life to her family as a stay-at-home mother to her three daughters. “After they all graduated, I felt like I was fired,” she said. Michelle found herself with more time on her hands than she liked. She knew she still had so much to offer…

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LOIS LEAVES STREET LIFE BEHIND AND FINDS THE MISSION’S WOMEN’S SHELTER

Being raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Lois had great memories from her childhood. Her parents were married and out of all her siblings she was “the spoiled one,” Lois said. “Although my father struggled with drinking, I remember my childhood being a great one.” After Lois graduated high school, she went on to college and received…

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From Skid Row resident to Mission volunteer

John takes his role as a mentor to program men seriously John has made his past purposeful through volunteering at the Victor Valley Rescue Mission for the last eight years. He knows what it is like to be without a home and to feel hopeless. “We all come from broken homes,” he said. “We almost…

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Bill’s Boots on the Ground

What can you testify to? If you could see the future, what would you want to see? I am sure we could all name many things of all different sorts, and they would mostly have to do with our life. In my prayer time I was thanking God for my testimony that He made possible.…

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Ray celebrates his graduation at long-overdue ceremony

 “The Mission saved my life.” These are the first words out of Ray Vaughn’s mouth when sharing his story from addiction to recovery. Life had not been easy for Ray. He grew up in Santa Monica one of five children to a former Marine father who was abusive. He recalls his childhood as being “rocky…

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Bill’s boots on the ground

Freedom. It’s what was celebrated all across the United States on the 4th of July. However, in my experience, freedom is not recognized by all here in our country. I am talking about the guests of the Mission. Some struggle everyday to understand freedom, as they are slaves to sin. So many of the success…

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Peace is restored to a family after two brothers’ healing

George and Sonny grew up in a large and loving home in Northridge, California. They were two of five children to parents that cared for them and made family a priority. They shared weekly family dinners together and enjoyed playing soccer with their older brother Juan Carlos. As children, they saw the effects of alcohol…

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Brothers reflect on the change the mission had on their lives

Brothers Rick and Bob Robart have seen God strengthen their relationships as brothers and restore their relationship with their family. Rick and Bob grew up in Hacienda Heights, and at the ages of 13 and 8, respectfully, their mother moved out, leaving them to be raised by their father. Bob recalls a year after their…

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Monique revels in god’s faithfulness as she exits shelter

Monique was born in Germany, the daughter of an Airman. She and her family moved multiple times all over the world until they settled in San Antonio, Texas where she would attend grade school and graduate high school. Monique looks back on her childhood with wonderful memories. “I had a great childhood,” she said. “My…

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Bill’s Boots on the Ground

What would our world look like if God did not keep His promises? I think this world would be so different. God’s covenant promise is to bring us life everlasting and to have that with him, just like the thief on the cross. Luke 23:42-43 says, “‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!’…

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Sean ‘puts the ways of childhood’ behind him as he reenters mission program

Sean was surrounded by alcohol from a young age, growing up with both sides of his family indulging in heavy drinking, particularly his dad. At 10, Sean started drinking himself. Even though his parents divorced, he saw his dad every weekend, where he was also regularly exposed to his drinking. “I thought to myself, ‘This…

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New program supervisor: ‘There is always a purpose for our trials’

Five months ago, the Victor Valley Rescue Mission opened its first-ever emergency shelter for women. In a comprehensive hiring search for the person to run the shelter, one woman stood out above the rest. Amalia is such a vital member of the team, and she has already been an incredible guiding light to the women…

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