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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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Graduate reclaims sobriety and her relationship with God

Chrystina grew up in a Christian family, attending church and taking ballet lessons. But her idyllic family crumbled before she was even 6 years old, when her father raped her

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Travis reconnects with God, family after addiction and homelessness

Despite stellar grades and honors classes, Travis says he was “hard to handle” growing up. After stints in military school and juvenile hall didn’t have an effect on his behavior,

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Ventura County Rescue Mission Program Helps Build New Lives

Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Special to Ventura County Star – February 4, 2019
(To read entire article  CLICK HERE)
Less than a year ago, Joe Hernandez was a heartsick young man living on the streets of

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Aimee

Aimee Graduates From The Lighthouse, Earns Respect From Her Kids

It wasn’t until her 30s that Aimee got caught up in drugs. She was prescribed painkillers after an old knee injury started acting up. When the prescription would run out

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After Years of Homelessness, Doug Commits to Changing His Life

For 16 years, Doug hasn’t had a place to call home. He’s been homeless, going from town to town, before settling in the Ventura Riverbed for the last five years.

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A Look Back At A Joyous And Successful Year

2018 started off strong as we celebrated with six graduates from the men’s program in the month of January. Last year in total 48 men and women successfully completed the

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