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Where to Gobble Down a Free Thanksgiving Meal in Ventura County

(Photo: JUAN CARLO/THE STAR)
Posted in the Ventura County Star – November 17, 2017
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The chefs and the men in the mission’s culinary arts

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Feelings Of Emptiness, Hopelessness Fuel Bad Choices

Joey was born to parents who were happily married. They didn’t drink or use drugs. They worked and took their children to church every Sunday. Despite his traditional upbringing and

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Rebuilding Life One Piece At A Time

In Trenidad’s 52 years, he built a life for himself—and watched it all fall apart around him. Now, as a member of the Mission’s Fresh Start program, he is committed

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Trading Crystal Meth and Auto Theft for a New Life

When Cody was a little boy, his mom would leave him alone for long stretches of time. There wasn’t much food, and he never knew where she was going or

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Film Tells True Story Of an Unlikely Friendship

A major feature film hitting the box office this month will shed some light on what you already know—supporting rescue missions, helping the homeless, getting involved— can save peoples’ lives.“Same

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Ready Now

Autumn came to the Lighthouse 17 years ago. She wasn’t ready then and ended up leaving. But, after a series of horrifying relationships and drug abuse, Autumn returned. “I’m ready

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An American Dream Turned Nightmare

I was raised just like any other kid. My parents both worked full time, so we had a comfortable life. We would go on vacations and lived the normal American

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Out of the Miry Clay

“I met this guy named Jimmy. He was in the Fresh Start Program. He told me, ‘Instead of staying in your car, why don’t you come to the mission?’ At

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Running on Empty

“I heard about the Lighthouse through my grandparents, they knew someone who worked here. I had a feeling that the Lighthouse might be where I needed to go. I was

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Turning Myself In

Charles states, “The moment that I felt like I needed to seek help was when I found myself alone in downtown Santa Barbara. I didn’t know how I got there

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