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Regina Overcomes Addiction, Returns To Lighthouse To Serve

Regina had a strong support system, a Christian background, and beautiful family. But after a fertility struggle and a surgery, she found herself battling addiction.
“I grew up in Westlake Village

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Brian keeps his eyes on God during MS battle

Brian grew up in the Los Angeles area with his mom, stepdad and two younger brothers. At 22, his grandmother died and he inherited nearly $200,000. “That’s not a good

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Director’s Note: Gimme Shelter

Providing safe shelter and finding help for those experiencing homelessness has been our goal for 47 years. Some have the misconception that we only take in Christians— but nothing could

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Crystal Nears Graduation And Focuses On Her Kids, Future As A Woman Of God

Crystal grew up in Oxnard, first with her mother, who is now a recovering addict, and then in foster care before being adopted by her grandparents. She had her first

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Louis Gives Up Drinking And Looks Forward To A Renewed Life

As Louis nears 50, he marvels at the clean bill of health he recently received from the doctor. “I’ve been drinking since I was 16. That’s 34 years,” he said.

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From the Director – May 2019

As a volunteer at the Ventura County Rescue Mission, you can help a homeless person directly, whether it be a man, woman or child. This can be done by serving

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Bryce Gets Off The Streets And Back To The Mission

When Bryce was 2 years old, he was adopted, and grew up in Ventura. “My parents were well off and gave me everything I ever wanted,” he said. Despite being

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After Living On The Streets, Michelle Comes Home To The Lighthouse

Michelle grew up in Oxnard and had what she calls a normal childhood. “I never wanted for anything, but I grew up fast,” she said, having her first son at

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From the Director – April

Many of the men and women who come to the Mission and Lighthouse are near death’s door, although they might not realize it at that time.
One man made arrangements to

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From the Director – March 2019

From 1978 to 2005 I was a firefighter for the City of Los Angeles. I held the ranks of medic, arson investigator and captain. I worked in the poor sections

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