May 22, 2020

We are excited to share that our two Oxnard thrift stores have reopened, so we are resuming pickups effective immediately. If you have items to donate, schedule a pickup, call 800-417-5678 or drop off your items at one of our stores.

Our stores are now open in compliance with the state’s guidelines. We are happy to welcome back our customers and are dedicated to providing affordable clothes and household items in a safe environment. Strict cleaning measures are in place to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and shoppers.

Because of the generosity of our donors, we have been able to continue offering meals, shelter, and recovery programming to our Mission and Lighthouse clients throughout this pandemic, despite the closure of our stores for nearly two months. Thank you for your support during these challenging times, and we hope to see you in our stores soon!

April 6, 2020

How are you doing in light of this crisis? We would love to pray for you. Click here to submit a prayer request.

And to see how we are continuing to serve those in need in our community, visit us on Facebook or Instagram.

March 27, 2020

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March 24, 2020

Packaged food, blankets and hygiene items can be dropped off in the alley behind 234 E. 6th St., Oxnard Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Items unable to receive: clothing, small appliances, furniture and household items. Please hold onto these items until our thrift stores reopen.

March 20, 2020

March 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing many disruptions in our local communities, our nation and throughout the world. I’m sure you are feeling the effects of this national emergency. I want you to know that we are praying for you.

Many have been reaching out to us to ask how we are doing in the midst of this crisis. The Ventura County Rescue Mission is still open and we are continuing to offer help and hope to those in need. We know that we will get through this challenging time because you have been there for us in the past. Your loyalty has made it possible for us to continue this life-saving work when our community needs us the most.

We are working diligently to meet the increased demand for services while protecting the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and clients. Here are some of the current challenges we are facing:

  • As people have been encouraged to stay home and avoid large crowds, we have reduced our volunteer staffing to mission-critical needs.
  • All of our thrift stores, which provide income to support our programs to assist the poor and homeless, are currently closed.
  • Many of the food donations we receive come from stores that donate their unsold products. As markets struggle to keep their shelves stocked, there is very little left over to donate to agencies that feed the poor.

We are confident in the face of these challenges because we have placed our trust in God. He has blessed us with faithful friends like you, who when times are tough, open their hearts and hands and give generously to those in need.

Thank you for standing with us. If you are able to make a special gift to help our most vulnerable neighbors, please click the donate button at the top of this page.

May God protect you and your loved ones.

John E. Saltee
Ventura County Rescue Mission

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is getting a lot of attention and, as a supporter of the Ventura County Rescue Mission, we wanted to update you on what we are doing to address this challenge.

The Ventura County Rescue Mission and Lighthouse for Women and Children are committed to continuing our vital work to provide food, clothing, and shelter to our neighbors in need.

Our first concern is the health and safety of the people we help, our volunteers, and employees. We know that the people we serve will be very vulnerable during this critical time. The economic impact on the population we serve will likely be significant. We must be ready to do everything we can to make sure they receive the help they need despite the social and economic disruption they may face.

We have already taken the following steps to protect the health and safety of our entire community:

Meal service:

  • Requiring all of our guests to wash their hands before meals.
  • Continuing daily meal service and managing the flow of guests by seating in outdoor dining areas and packaging meals “to go”.
  • Switching our dinnerware – plates, utensils, and cups – to disposable products.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting between all meal seatings.

Overnight shelter:

  • Streamlining our daily check-in process to minimize exposure between staff and clients, and briefing our homeless guests on the hygiene and safety measures that are expected in our community.
  • Using the space we have in new ways in order to create more distance between shelter guests.
  • Distributing hygiene kits, including hand-washing supplies, and increasing the number of handwashing stations with portable units.

Residential programs:

  • Increasing daily cleaning and educating residents on health, safety, and wellness measures.

For volunteers:

  • To address the growing concerns about being in large groups, we are reducing our volunteer opportunities to the absolute, mission-critical shifts.
  • All volunteers will have access to gloves, aprons, and hand-sanitizers.
  • If any volunteer is feeling unwell, we ask that they please cancel and reschedule their service for another time.

The Ventura County Rescue Mission has been responding to disasters and local emergencies for many years. We are prepared to assist as needed in coordination with other community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies.

As always, the work that we do feeding and sheltering the needy in our community is enabled by the generosity of caring individuals like you. If you are able to give a special gift to help the Ventura County Rescue Mission and Lighthouse meet this challenge, you can donate online.

Please pray for God’s wisdom and protection as we face this new challenge. Thank you for your continued support.

John E. Saltee
Ventura County Rescue Mission