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John wants to ‘let others know there is hope’

Now in his 60s, John is finally getting help for an addiction that he’s struggled with all of his life. After three marriages-all ending due to his drinking-and a recent stint in jail, he feels strong in his sobriety and commitment to God. “I don’t regret anything,” he said. “It helped me to get to…

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Bill Boots on the Ground

The way God shows His love for those who are so broken and lost is truly amazing! When you work in homeless services for any length of time, you get to see God show up and meet the needs of His people. I have had that wonderful experience for the last 14 years and let…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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GRADUATE SERVES OTHERS, SHOWS LOVE THROUGH FOOD

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Nathan graduated from the Mission’s Life Recovery Program, and while he hasn’t traveled far, he continues to make great strides. Nathan stayed in the program house after his December 2018 graduation, helping out with some operations. He also prepared food for the clients in the life recovery and transitional living…

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‘WHY CAN’T SOMEONE JUST FIX THIS?’

These days we see the tents and camps of those experiencing homelessness all around us. The population of those living on the streets seems to be ballooning in many cities. Why can’t someone just fix this? It’s a question we grapple with, and the answer is simply not “one size fits all.” Every person experiencing…

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GRADUATE RETURNS TO THE MISSION AS CHAPLAIN, PROGRAM ASSISTANT

When Timothy entered the Mission’s Life Recovery Program six years ago, he didn’t imagine he’d still be here all this time later, leading men who are struggling just like he was. In April, Timothy was hired as program assistant at the Mission and is relishing his new role. “I’m so grateful to be back here…

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BILL’S BOOTS ON THE GROUND

The Redeemer A “redeemer” is defined as “a person who redeems someone or something.” To redeem can have many meanings, but the ones we focus on here are “to set free” or “to restore the honor, worth or reputation of” or, perhaps most importantly, “to save, a person or soul, from a state of sinfulness…

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