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Anthony relies on shower program while he gets back on his feet

It’s been almost three months since Anthony returned to Los Angeles. His doctor had advised him to move to a drier climate area due to a nasal health condition, and L.A. seemed like the right choice, as Anthony had lived here once before and still had friends in town. So several weeks ago, Anthony packed…

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Hayden joins Renewed Hope team after a calling leads him to ministry

After spending 10 years as in the film industry, Hayden is settling in on staff at Renewed Hope with a deep sense of fulfillment. “It’s been amazing,” he said. “I love coming to work every day.” Hayden grew up in a small farm town in Ohio. After getting the acting bug, he went out to…

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Daisha and her daughter escape abuse, build relationships at Mission

Daisha spent her childhood playing the piano, singing and taking acting classes. She grew up with her mom, dad, and two brothers in Lancaster, but unfortunately, her home life wasn’t great. “My parents didn’t get along most of the time so my dad would leave a lot, for weeks-sometimes even months-at a time,” she said. Daisha’s…

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Field trip exposes children to music, arts in Los Angeles

Four children had a special night out on the town recently, enjoying dinner, a concert, and a famous Los Angeles art installation. The kids, ages 11 to 15, are guests at Home Again, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s family shelter. But before they headed out, Mission staff members Yadira Mena (case manager) and Cristina…

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Robert leaves ‘spiritually bankrupt’ version of himself behind

Robert was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley area with his parents and four siblings. “I lived the American dream growing up,” he said. “White picket fence … everything was hunk-dory until I turned 13 years old. My dad left us.” Robert’s dad was gone for two years and married someone else, leaving…

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One of Renewed Hope’s first grads now employed by the program

Vince is proud to say that he is one of the first graduates of the Mission’s men’s program, Renewed Hope. When he entered in September 2019, he wasn’t sure what the future held. But now, as a graduate and current employee, Vince is excited about what’s next. “I never had a foundation and the program…

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Karen feels ‘strengthened’ by her time at the Mission

Karen carried a lot on her shoulders as a kid growing up in El Salvador. At first, it was her parents and four siblings, but things changed when her parents divorced. “My dad moved to Spain, and after he left, I felt responsible for the care of my younger siblings,” she said. “My mom was…

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Christmas is upon us, and the celebration will go on

Christmas is upon us, and we are excited to celebrate with those we serve. As with so many other events, we will be changing how we do Christmas events and meals, and we are making a way to celebrate the birth of Jesus in spite of the pandemic. Our Pop-up Christmas Shop will serve past…

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Hot meals and a drive-thru pantry will allow us to serve more this Thanksgiving

This November marks our 21st year of serving the community at Thanksgiving. Although COVID-19 has caused us to shift our plans a bit as we consider the safety of those we serve, we remain committed to provide Thanksgiving meals during a time when food security is impacting more families in our community than ever before.…

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Mission’s mobile shower program going strong throughout COVID challenges

As COVID continues to disrupt much our daily lives, our Survival Outreach Services program is still out in the community, providing hot showers, meals and other services for those in need on the streets. “There’s been an increase in visitors—people who once showered at gyms or parks or beaches who can no longer do so,”…

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Pantry distributes more than 14,000 meals to families all over L.A.

When it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic was going to severely impact the San Fernando Valley, resulting in a health emergency and economic repercussions, the Mission sprang into action. Just days after the idea was formulated, a pop-up pantry at the Northridge Fashion Center was launched. The pantry, a collaboration between the mission, Harbor…

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Life Is Better, Not Just At The Mission…But Beyond!

In 2019, 67 families transitioned through our shelter. The change made in their lives lasts well beyond their time with us. Victoria had been abandoned by her husband and was left with two small children, no money, no home. She is now doing great, has kept in touch, and was the speaker at our volunteer…

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