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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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Keyana Regains Custody Of Son, Starts New Life After Graduation

When Keyana gave birth to her son, he was taken from her immediately by Child Protective Services. She had been using drugs throughout her pregnancy and had been homeless for

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From the Director – September

School is in session! For many, it’s an exciting time. There are children whose parents have enough money to provide them with everything needed to start the school year off

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Ron Laments Years Of Missed Opportunities

Despite growing up without a father, and moving around often with his mom, Ron had opportunities to excel in life. “I started playing baseball, and scouts were watching me in

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Hector Finds Hope At The Mission

Hector married young, and after three years, when the marriage ended, Hector started drinking and going out more. “Sure enough, drugs showed up,” he said. “It was a quick, easy

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