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Ryan Couldn’t Hide It Any Longer

Ryan grew up playing sports. “I played baseball in college at CSUN. I graduated with a speech and communications degree. I’ve had 16 knee surgeries since then,” recalls Ryan. “I

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Candise Finds ‘Peace And Joy’ At The Lighthouse

Candise is the oldest of seven, raised by a single mom, with her father in and out of prison. The family grew up mostly in the Colonia area of Oxnard.

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From the Director – December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Unless of course, you are homeless and alone on the streets of Ventura County, then Christmas becomes another sad reminder of what could

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The mission’s annual Thanksgiving banquet is Nov. 27

Thanksgiving is a time of appreciation for what we have and those we love. We often take for granted the comforts and ease of driving ourselves to the grocery store,

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Hector returns to the mission after post-graduation relapse

When Hector graduated from the Mission’s program in July 2018, he was hopeful for the future. He had spent the previous 20 years in the oil industry and, as he

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From the Director – November

Wonderful organizations like California American Water help us provide a traditional turkey dinner for 1,000 of our homeless men, women and children. This is a picture of California American Water

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Estrella leaves jail, drugs behind for a new life

Estrella grew up in Oxnard with her younger sister and parents, who separated when she was 10. Her father was deported shortly after for being in and out of jail.

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From the Director – October

What comes to your mind when you hear the word chaplain?
Do you think of the Armed Forces or university chaplains? Take a look at this picture. Everyone in it (except

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School Supply Giveaway Event A Success Once Again

Like most incoming freshmen, Mia is nervous to start high school. After the last few years of being an honors student in middle school, Mia is eager to earn good

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Thomas Stops ‘Fighting With Himself,’ Embraces God

Thomas grew up in South Oxnard with his mom and two sisters. “I was the only boy in the house,” he said. “I learned how to be a man from

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