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Ron Laments Years Of Missed Opportunities

Despite growing up without a father, and moving around often with his mom, Ron had opportunities to excel in life. “I started playing baseball, and scouts were watching me in

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Hector Finds Hope At The Mission

Hector married young, and after three years, when the marriage ended, Hector started drinking and going out more. “Sure enough, drugs showed up,” he said. “It was a quick, easy

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From the Director – August

“Changing Lives for Good” is our motto. This is a picture of some of  the women in the Lighthouse’s Life Recovery Program celebrating a graduation at Faith Community Church recently. It

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Gary Reconnects With God After Years Away

“I grew up on a small island in the South Pacific called American Samoa,” Gary said. “I only had three goals in life: to speak English without an accent, get

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After Suffering Devastating Losses, Nick Focuses On His Young Daughter

When Nick was 10 years old, his brother died after a night of extreme alcohol and cocaine use. Two years later, his mother, a lifelong heroin addict, died from congestive

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From the Director – July

I am pleased to announce that we have a new director for the Lighthouse for Women & Children! After a long and thorough search for the most qualified person, Dee

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Lighthouse Grad’s Life Renewed After Years of Struggle

It wasn’t until her 30s that Elena started experimenting with drugs with her husband. They were both in the entertainment industry and it was all around. “We were both drinking

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Wade Wants to Fight for His Joy

Growing up in a tough part of Oxnard, the gang life was all around Wade. “I was only 13 when I got into it,” he said. “They go after the

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From the Director – June

The issue of homelessness in our communities is causing a polarization of the citizens of Ventura County at an unprecedented rate.
Some compassionate citizens see the homeless and give of their

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Valerie Escapes Abuse, Refocuses on Her New Life

After more than 20 years in an abusive marriage, Valerie had hoped her pain and troubles were behind her. Unfortunately, violence would come back into her life with a vengeance.
After

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