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 of Los Angeles and would often see the homeless sleeping in cardboard boxes and wandering on the streets. Even back then I used to volunteer at a little mission called the Oxnard Rescue Mission, which as you know became the Ventura County Rescue Mission in 1989. The homeless have always held a special place in my heart because if it were not for the grace of God, I would be right there with them.
The teamwork needed to fight a major fire is similar to the support we get from our donors and volunteers who partner with us in helping the poor, the broken-hearted and the homeless.
I can’t thank you enough for shouldering the work with me and the staff of the Mission and Lighthouse. Together we can and are making a difference with a genuine hand up for those living on the streets.