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Julian credits his relationship with God to Mission program

Julian was born in Los Angeles, but he moved to Camarillo as a child with his family. Julian grew up in the home with his mom, sister and the man he believed was his father. He later found out the truth, something he still struggles with. Julian went to Camarillo High School, but was often in…

Desiree has experienced ‘real heart change’

Gang activity and drug addiction run deep in Desiree’s family, and unfortunately, she was not able to avoid that path herself. She was born and raised by her mother in Oxnard. “My mom comes from a hard background-she was born addicted to heroin,” Desiree said. “My grandmother was in prison during my mother’s whole life,…

Larissa: ‘When I’m with God, I feel at peace’

Larissa didn’t have a lot of consistency in her childhood home, and was often at the center of domestic violence and gang activity. “When my stepdad went to prison, he left me and my brother, and also three children—his kids—behind,” she said. “My mom was never around so I took care of them. They celebrated…

Charles says ‘the future looks hopeful’ after Mission stay

Charles is originally from Indiana, but he moved with his family to California when he was just 5. His parents divorced when he was 10. He grew up in a house with his mother, stepfather and half-siblings. “I still had a great relationship with my biological father,” said Charles, who said he enjoyed fishing and…

Ventura County Ministries prepare for ‘most wonderful time of the year’

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year for our Ventura County ministries. I am reminded of God’s love which is always a giving love. “For God so loved the world that He gave.” This truth permeates everything that we do at the Ventura County Rescue Mission and Lighthouse for Women and Children.…

Director’s Note: Circumstances will allow us to move beyond our Mission walls

Yes, this year will be different for sure, however COVID-19 won’t slow us down nor distract us from providing an amazing Thanksgiving dinner with all of the fixin’s to those in need. We are patterning our strategy from Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will…

Introducing the new Mission director, Clayton Coates

In Romans 11:34-36 we read, “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?…For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” In the front of my first Bible is written, “On September 23, 1982 I became a Christian.” That…

11-Year-Old Lighthouse Resident Speaks At Mom’s Graduation

Junior, 11, has been named an honorary graduate of the Lighthouse, and is the first child to speak at one of the missions’ graduations. “I wanted to see how it felt to be on stage and talking in front of people and I wanted all of them to hear how it feels from a kid’s…

What a year, what a tremendous year!

The Ventura County Rescue Mission and Lighthouse wishes to thank you all in Ventura County, who gave of your time, resources, and gifts to make 2019 one of our best years ever! 4 Newborns started life at the Lighthouse. 55 men and women have graduated from our 10-month Life Recovery Program. 102 have found employment…

The mission’s annual Thanksgiving banquet is Nov. 27

Thanksgiving is a time of appreciation for what we have and those we love. We often take for granted the comforts and ease of driving ourselves to the grocery store, picking out a 15-pound turkey, and driving home to our well-equipped kitchen to cook a delicious meal to enjoy with our loved ones. For many…

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…

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…