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William refocuses his life to put his son first

William grew up all over Los Angeles, and was raised by a single mother. For years his father was in and out of his life, and William turned to crime in order to survive. While he didn’t go into much detail, William said he saw his first murder when he was just 5 years old.…

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Keeping her family together and safe is Sherley’s priority

Sherley and her three children have found security and comfort at Home Again, but the journey to get there has not been easy. Sherley grew up in the Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights area. At the age of 12, her father was deported to Salvador, leaving her mom to raise her with the help of her…

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Jon rebuilds himself with God in order to tackle his addition

A couple years ago, Jon had an accident that easily could have resulted in his death. He calls the incident his “rock bottom” and is now accepting it as the wakeup call he needed. “I got to the point where, when I put drugs in my body, I’d be up for days and then I’d…

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Pedro reconnects with his children after finding hope to change

Pedro was only 8 years old when he started working full time selling tortillas with his mom in order to support his family, dropping out of school completely when he was in sixth grade. He was raised by his mother in Honduras and is the oldest of five sons. “My father left the home and…

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Ashley overcomes hurdles, gets protection for her daughter and family

Ashley didn’t see her father much growing up, as he was in and out of jail. And when she was still a child, her dad got into a fight with her mom and he was deported—she hasn’t seen him since that day. Ashley dropped out of high school in 11th grade when she got pregnant,…

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Samuel says ‘the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter’

Samuel was born in Uganda in 1978. He grew up in a loving, Christian home, for the most part, he said, with eighteen siblings-eight boys and ten girls. “I was provided for and we went to good schools-we had enough to live a decent life, by East African standards,” Samuel said. Samuel immigrated to the…

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Jessica begins to move past trauma, focuses on baby

Jessica, barely a teenager herself, is already embarking on quite the mission-being a mother. She is recovering from the trauma of being a part of a sex-trafficking ring, but safe at the Mission’s family shelter, Home Again, Jessica is counting her blessings with her new baby as her focus. Jessica was raised by a single…

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Welcoming blessings, big and small, in 2022

2021 was a blessed year for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and heading into 2022 the blessings have continued. Let’s start with the BIG news: It’s a girl! Late last year, Baby Sophia was born to one of our clients and we have loved having her here while the rest of her family gets…

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Home Again to host on-site Christmas toy giveaway event

Home Again, a family program of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, will once again be on a new adventure for the 2021 holiday season. This year we have put on our thinking caps as a team to find creative ways to love and serve our local community. Although we are still dealing with this…

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Renewed Hope will focus on clients this Christmas season

Because of the size of our program at Renewed Hope, we take a very intimate approach to holidays like Christmas. As a staff, we have the opportunity to get to know our guys in very personal ways. Christmas is a time that is very difficult for most of our clients. Many of them are either…

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Liberty regains custody of her children at Home Again shelter

Liberty was born and raised in Los Angeles, an only child to a single mother. Her mom struggled with alcoholism, was verbally abusive, and didn’t support her educational opportunities. “I got pregnant when I was 18 and my mom made me have an abortion,” she said. “After that I became really depressed.” At one point,…

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Alicia focuses on healing herself, her daughters, after trauma

Ten years and three daughters later, Alicia and her husband’s relationship came to a tragic end. After days of fighting, Alicia’s often-abusive husband took his own life. “He would always threaten me, but I grew used to it,” Alicia said. “He locked himself in the room while the kids and I were there. I tried…

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