This month, there is a lot of excitement around the Mission. Our merger with Hope Again went smoothly, and we are making progress renovating the facilities and developing our men’s recovery program, which we hope to open later in the fall. We want to welcome all of our new supporters from the Hope Again community. We are happy to introduce you to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and look forward to sharing our stories with you each month.
We are also celebrating the Mission’s 20th year of service in the Valley. As I reflect on that time, I can’t help but think of all the families thriving because of people like you, who have invested their time and resources. Recently, a family—former guests of the Mission—stopped by. They donated car seats their kids had outgrown and shared that their family was healthy and doing well.
I also spoke with a young man who had stayed at the Mission over 10 years ago as a teen. He’s now a CSUN student with big career aspirations. He returned to the Mission to volunteer with the teen boys because he knows firsthand the challenges of being a teenager experiencing homelessness.
Our work isn’t just about ending homelessness, but changing the trajectory of people’s lives. Twenty years since our start, former clients have graduated college, advanced in their careers, maintained healthy relationships, and gone on to become community leaders. Thank you for being a part of a legacy of helping people not only regain stability, but also reach their dreams.