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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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Jeremy Returns to the Mission After Devastating Relapse

“You need God in your life.” That was the last thing Jeremy’s wife said to him before she left his life for good. “I didn’t think much of it at

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From the Director -May

The heart of the Ventura County Rescue Mission and Lighthouse is Recovery and Restoration. We serve over 700 meals a day to the working poor and those experiencing homelessness. We

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Overwhelmed By Love, Jacki Finds Hope At The Lighthouse

When Jacki, 25, found out she was pregnant, she was already three months along. Her fear was immediate—she’d been using meth, and she was worried for her unborn child. Jacki

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Florentino Makes Life-Changing Promise

As a 14-year-old messing around with a tagging crew, Florentino didn’t expect to get caught—or receive a steep one-year sentence. “I experienced a lot there—violence, fear,” he said. “It was

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From the Director – April

One of the most heart wrenching things to watch is children being taken from their mother because of her addictions. We know it’s the right thing to do for the

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Program Graduate On His Way To A Bright Future

Van was called a “late bloomer.” Despite a large extended family that often drank and used drugs at get-togethers, Van managed to avoid that lifestyle until he was in his

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