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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 thing for a 22-year-old,” he said. “That’s when everything started going downhill. I was addicted to meth for a few years and then went to…

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 daughter at 18. “That’s when I started using drugs—first weed and then the harder stuff,” she said. “I had my second daughter when I was…

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. “I just thought I would have some health issues with the amount I’ve drank. But everything is OK.” Now that Louis is at the Mission,…

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 active in sports, playing football, baseball and soccer, he got into drinking and drugs, and his parents kicked him out. “I graduated from high school…

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 just 16. “I started getting into drugs, little by little. I was hanging around with the wrong crowd.” Michelle started dating a man in her…

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, Travis’ parents kicked him out at 19. “I called my cousin, and ended up sleeping on her couch. I tried programs and sober living places,…

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 older sister. “She miscarried his child,” Chrystina said. “She was only 13.” Her parents divorced, but her mom still put her through private school, and…

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 Oxnard, a slave to drugs and alcohol. What started as a desperate attempt to drown out grief over the death of his beloved…

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 and the refills couldn’t come fast enough, Aimee and her husband, who had recently undergone back surgery, started smoking marijuana. “The first time I ran…

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. “I’ve been doing the wrong thing with drugs, with everything in my life, for the last 30 years,” he said. “I’m just tired of living…

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 Life Recovery Program. Of the 38 men graduating, 22 are currently employed and 18 graduates have or are serving as interns. There have been a…

Joe Tires Of “Running Away From Problems,” Finds Refuge At The Mission

Joe grew up in Oxnard, graduated from Channel Islands High School and worked in an auto body shop, a trade his dad taught him. He had two children he loved with his high school sweetheart. But Joe struggled with an addiction to alcohol and drugs. “Something just wasn’t there. I felt broken,” he said. The…