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Jorge leaves addiction behind and joins cousin at Renewed Hope

He recently celebrated his 30th birthday sober Jorge never imagined he’d spend his 30th birthday completely sober. After 13 years of addiction and years living on the streets, Jorge figured that was just his life. “It’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “I never thought it would happen. Every day is a small victory for me.”…

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Denise lives out her life’s mission as new case manager

She returned after interning at the Mission in college “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” –Psalm 82:3 This verse drives Denise’s mission and purpose in life. Denise’s parents divorced when she was younger, and she spent most of her time navigating the effects of the split.…

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Bank of America volunteers have been coming to the Mission for many years.

Bank of America volunteers have been coming to the Mission for many years. They fully sponsor our monthly Birthday Brunch and make sure all the families feel loved and recognized on their birthday month. Yanira coordinates the group as well as all the activities and gifts for our families. We are so thankful for our…

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Joanna finds support at Home Again, feels safe and accepted

She encourages others to ‘never give up’ One day, when Joanna was 6, she and her older brother waited to be picked up from school by their mom. She never came. That’s how Joanna learned her mother had abandoned her, abruptly leaving the country with a man. There are still moments from that day that…

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DIRECTOR’S NOTE

One year later, Renewed Hope is thriving It’s been more than a year since Renewed Hope, our men’s Life Recovery Program, moved from Hollywood to its new, beautiful home in Northridge, just down the street from our family shelter. The re-opening celebration gave staff, supporters, and community members the chance to see the new buildings,…

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Destinie, her 4 children finally find a place to call home

‘I haven’t felt this safe in a long time,’ she says Destinie has never stayed in one place for too long. As a child, her family moved around a lot, totaling five moves by the time she was 15. “As a kid, it was a fun adventure, but looking back on it, it was chaotic,”…

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Ashtynn knows she and her 1-year-old daughter are at the Mission “for a reason”

After a couple of difficult situations, Ashtynn had convinced herself she couldn’t trust people to stick around if she opened up to them. She had been let down too many times. When a history teacher noticed she was cutting herself and tried to help her, other kids started rumors that they were sleeping together. “We…

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Uriel focuses on reuniting with kids, growing stronger with God

Uriel’s childhood in San Bernardino was marked by challenges and the absence of a nurturing family environment. Growing up with an emotionally distant father, Uriel never experienced the love he needed. “Mostly he was not good to be around,” said Uriel of his father, “although he did provide a roof. I would say I had…

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Angela and her 5 children—including a newborn—take time to regroup

After her parents were divorced, Angela and her brother lived with her father, and they moved often. “My dad moved us a lot, so my mom wouldn’t be able to find us,” Angela said. “He was physically and sexually abusive to me and my brother.” No one knew about the abuse that Angela and her…

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Louis knew God ‘always had a plan’ for him

As a Native American boy growing up in the city, Louis had a lot to figure out-and he typically did it alone. “I was always by myself,” he said. “I was sitting around a campfire, trying to figure out a name for myself-it’s part of my culture. And I thought, ‘Man, I’m always alone. Then…

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RUSSIAN FAMILY FINDS FREEDOM IN U.S., AND STABILITY AT MISSION

Living scared and in unrest was not the life Ivan and Irina wanted for themselves or their 3-year-old twins, Max and Valerie. So, in November 2022, they moved away from the only life and family they ever knew in Russia and came to Los Angeles. The oppression had become unbearable for Ivan and Irina. “I…

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DIRECTOR’S NOTE

The Rescue Mission Alliance San Fernando Valley welcomed its new director, Richard Rodriguez, in February. Here, he shares a bit about himself and his hopes for the Mission’s future. My parents had always spoken of a hope beyond what they knew, a life that could set the course for the next generation, toward a future…

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