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Sometimes You Just Have To Dance

When a new family joins our program, they work with our case managers to develop a plan for their family. Their case plan details the steps that they will take to work on childcare, employment, housing and many other needs for their family. Parents work hard throughout their stay at the Mission to achieve their…

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Wade’s Word – December

One of the first places Mission guests experience hospitality is at our dinner table. The word “hospitality” means “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” It is often over a meal that strangers become friends. As we gathered for our annual Thanksgiving Feast this year, I was struck by how…

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S.O.S.: Program Serves As A ‘Positive Interruption’ In Lives Of Homeless

Our Survival Outreach Services (S.O.S.) program began in 1998 by serving meals to the homeless in the San Fernando Valley. Today, that program has expanded to include mobile showers, case management, and access to life-essential social services in the community, such as resources for healthcare, housing, and employment. For the clients that we work with…

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Local Partnerships Help Us All Serve More

The work we do at the Rescue Mission Alliance San Fernando Valley could not be done without our partnerships with several other local organizations throughout the Los Angeles area. North Valley Caring Services is just one of those many partnerships, and the outcomes we have shared working together in conjunction with our SOS Mobile Shower…

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Empowering The Community Through Volunteerism

The Tierra Del Sol Foundation is an organization with a powerful mission—to empower people with developmental disabilities through workforce development. They work with individuals with disabilities to help them realize their full potential through education, employment and volunteerism in the community. We have the pleasure of having six individuals from Tierra Del Sol visit us…

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Wade’s Word – November

Recently, one of our shower program guests, Thomas, had his bike stolen. He has a part-time job and his bike was his main mode of transportation. Upon hearing about Thomas’ predicament, we immediately contacted our good friend, Fred Faustman, from Bike Guys Bikes. A few days later, Fred delivered a new bike to the Mission.…

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Film Tells True Story of an Unlikely Friendship

A major feature film hitting the box office this month will shed some light on what you already know—supporting rescue missions, helping the homeless, getting involved— can save peoples’ lives. “Same Kind of Different as Me” is based on the inspiring true story of Ron and Debbie Hall and their unlikely and life-changing friendship with…

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Wade’s Word – October

When most people think about individuals who are homeless, they don’t picture a 6-year-old girl like Kayla. I first saw Kayla and her mom as I was leaving the office a few weeks ago. An Uber dropped them off at our front door with all of their belongings—eight suitcases and boxes in total. Kayla was…

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A Summer Family Tradition

Through our on-going partnership, over twenty of our guests have gained employment at local Ralphs Grocery Stores in the past year. These employment opportunities are a huge stepping stone on the pathway out of homelessness and into stable housing for our families. One former shelter guest, Crystal, found a support system among her co-workers at…

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Back to School

Back to school time is an exciting time of year when students meet their new teachers and reunite with their friends to show off their new clothes and fresh school supplies. For many families experiencing homelessness, it is not possible for parents to buy their children all of their back to school necessities. For this…

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Wade’s Word – September

A few weeks ago, we received a donation of water bottles from a local elementary school. The fourth grade students raised some money to purchase smiley face water bottles for all of the kids who live at the shelter. They know that summers are hot around here and it’s important to drink plenty of water.…

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Wade’s Word – August

Each year, thousands of volunteers gather to count the number of people who are homeless throughout the United States. In recent months, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the count for 2016. Sadly, the data shows a 23% increase in homelessness in Los Angeles County and a 20% increase in LA City proper. At…

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