Restoration Roasters Brews Up Hope at CoffeeCon LA 2018!

Earlier this month, CoffeeCon LA 2018 brimmed with coffee enthusiasts, all coming together for a love of all things coffee. Our very own Restoration Roasters was glad to attend, and add their unique flavor and personality to the mix! This was an incredible opportunity for Restoration Roasters to build relationships within the coffee community and […]

Orange County Rescue Mission at the Paper Football Challenge!

Watch out Eagles!  Orange County Rescue Mission is coming for your Super Bowl Championship title!  Okay, maybe not quite the Super Bowl, but the Rescue Mission held its own in the Paper Football Challenge! The winning score was by six year old Kayla, pictured above. Several Rescue Mission families represented Orange County Rescue Mission at […]

Gina’s Story: Finding Help and Hope Just in Time

I hear a lot of stories of the Rescue Mission providing help just in time. Many people come to us at their rock-bottom, when they have lost all hope and have nowhere else to turn. This was the case for Gina, who arrived just days before giving birth to her daughter. Gina struggled for so […]

12 More on the Road to Success

Two weeks ago, 12 men and women became the first Road to Success employment workshop graduates for 2018.  Twelve people collected their certificates and shared their struggles and their victories.  Twelve people, who came from homelessness, addiction, abuse and brokenness.  Now, they stand before you as 12 job-seekers, confident in their skills and experience, and […]

Success God’s Way: Jorge’s Story

“As it turns out, God is confounding me by turning all my weaknesses into strengths after letting me turn my strengths into weaknesses.” This quote from Jorge O. Sanchez, our Winter Graduation valedictorian and one of our Tustin Veterans Outpost graduates, struck me as the perfect summary statement of the Christian life! In every Christian’s […]

OCRM Employee Highlight

Each month we like to highlight an employee who exemplifies the mission, philosophy, and values of our organization.  This month we are delighted to highlight Robert Woodson as our Employee of the Month. Robert faithfully serves as one of our Case Managers for the male ‘freshman’ residents at the Village of Hope.  He walks alongside […]

Why Does God Allow Evil?

A few months ago, I shared with you about the impact our  Apologetics class has been having on the residents of the Rescue Mission. It has been an incredibly beneficial resource for them as they learn and grow in their faith and knowledge of God. I would like to invite you to come experience this for […]

Winter Graduation 2018: Stories of Hope

It is that joyful time again!  That time after our Graduation celebration when I get to share with you the real stories of the formerly homeless people who have lived here at the Rescue Mission. It might be easy to write off the issue of “homelessness” as a nameless, faceless issue that merely requires funding […]

Singing for Change

It is my privilege to share that the Singing for Change Foundation, Jimmy Buffet’s foundation, has committed to funding the Village of Hope for $10,000 in 2018. I’m deeply grateful to one of our volunteers for recommending the grant to the foundation. The key to connecting with foundations is often a personal contact, and I […]

Thank You Merchants Landscaping for Keeping the Rescue Mission Beautiful!

As I have shared before, beauty is a concept that is very important to me and one that factored heavily into the design of the Village of Hope. For people coming from a past of homelessness, hopelessness, and brokenness, they often only know darkness and ugliness. I wanted the Village of Hope to be the […]


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