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JR Commits To Recovery, Enjoys Beautiful Relationship With Son

JR met his girlfriend after high school, when they were working at the outlets in Camarillo. When she got pregnant, her dad helped JR get a job at Cal State

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Lighthouse Graduate Reconnects with her Children, Finds Love in Christ

Rebecca, a Ventura native, never liked drugs. Her husband was an addict, and she tried for years to get him to quit. “I was very against drugs,” she said. “I

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From the Director – December

This season is the most wonderful time of the year, unless you are poor, homeless and broken-hearted. Some say they are in that position because of their own choices, and

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Brianna Puts Her Family First, Leaves Addiction Behind

Brianna met her husband Justin at just 19. They started taking opiates recreationally, but it turned into a full-blown addiction. “I just had to have pills to even go to

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Kellen Feels ‘Closer To God Every Day’

Kellen always wanted to go to college at a big football school. He chose the University of Alabama, joined a fraternity, and started partying “way too much,” he said. “I

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From the Director, John E. Saltee

I haven’t seen my mother in 13 years, was how Ron, one of our recent graduates introduced his mother to me. She had tears in her eyes when she explained

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Sean Trades in Prison Life for a Healthy Future

Sean, 34, has spent most of his adult life in prison. While he came from a good family in Santa Maria, Sean said he just gravitated toward a bad crowd

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Jasmin Looks For A Fresh Start At The Lighthouse

Jasmin grew up in the Oxnard neighborhood surrounding the Lighthouse. She started getting into some trouble at age 9, and after a traumatic childhood event, things got worse. “I was

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From the Director – October

I’ve been working at the Lighthouse for nearly four months now and I’m still surprised that people in our community aren’t aware of how many women and children experience homelessness

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Alcohol Costs Pastor His Wife And Church

Todd, a young, married pastor in a small town in Indiana, remembers the moment his drinking ruined his life. “It was Christmas 2002. I tried to get up and preach

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