Volunteer Spotlight: Rae Glenn

This week’s superhero volunteer is close to my heart, as well as the heart of Orange County Rescue Mission: she is a Rescue Mission graduate!

Our very own Rae Glenn was recently recognized in Orange Coast magazine for her selfless service at several of our facilities, including the Village of Hope, where she once lived.  Rae went through our program several years ago and worked in our kitchen.  She has since graduated, become a successful food service chef in Irvine, and now serves with us almost every week!

Rae desires to give back to those that have helped her, and we are so thankful for her faithful service.  But she brings so much more than that:  she is an inspiration to those that are following in her footsteps to restoration.  Residents of our program are encouraged by her, seeing through her example that life change and restoration is possible.

Rae, thank you for your joyful service, and for sharing your talents with the Rescue Mission.  We are so proud of you and thankful to call you part of the Rescue Mission family!

Please take a look at the following Orange Coast article highlighting Chef Rae Glenn.


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Mission Kids at the Corona City Council Meeting

Recently, the children from Corona Norco Rescue Mission were given the unique opportunity to visit the Corona City Council meeting.  Much to their excitement, the children were asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance!  The kids joyfully led the Pledge and afterwards, Corona Norco Rescue Mission Director, Randy Fox, and Case Manager, Taiwo Jekayinfa, joined them up front to share a bit about the great things happening at the Rescue Mission.

This was a wonderful opportunity to share with the Council members and citizens of Corona of how more and more homeless and hopeless people in the Inland Empire area are receiving help and are being restored.

Please take a look at the following video to see the Corona Norco Rescue Mission children lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and learn more about the Corona Norco Rescue Mission.


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Volunteer Spotlight: Joy Statler

Today I would like to introduce you to another of the Rescue Mission’s superhero volunteers: Joy Statler!

Since 2010, Joy has been the Supervising Attorney of Trinity Law Clinic at Orange County Rescue Mission. The Trinity Law School partnered with the Rescue Mission in 2008 to create the Trinity Law Clinic. Joy and her team have made a valuable impact by providing pro-bono legal services to 1,095 people to date.

In addition to her personal career with a legal group and role as a professor at Trinity Law School, Joy has dedicated countless hours to helping the homeless men and women at Orange County Rescue Mission overcome legal obstacles that they never thought they could conquer.

Joy provides wisdom, practical knowledge and counsel to people in desperate need of hope and restoration, and want to set things right with the courts. From expunging records to custody cases, she helps guide our residents who face seemingly insurmountable odds. Facing mistakes from the past and resolving legal issues is often a fearful experience, but Joy helps residents address these issues with a calm demeanor and assurance that action can be taken.

Joy’s faithful commitment has contributed to work that leads to powerful life transformation.

Thank you for your service, Joy!


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Lakeisha’s Story: A Chance to Stand on Her Own

We have all had moments where it seems the world is crumbling around us.  Something we trusted in or relied on gives way, and suddenly we are faced with impossible circumstances.  For many, an eviction notice or loss of a job can lead to devastation, homelessness, and hopelessness.

Every day at Orange County Rescue Mission, we meet people like Lakeisha, on the brink of homelessness, with nowhere to turn, and alone.  Read on to see how Lakeisha’s story, began as one of fear and hopelessness, and is now one of confidence and restoration.

Lakeisha’s Story

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For the past eight years, Lakeisha had been her mom’s sole caregiver, which had not been easy. Her mom was unpleasant and difficult to live with, and Lakeisha bore the brunt of her mom’s harsh words and overbearing nature day in and day out. Living on only her mother’s social security income, there were many days when there was barely enough food to get by.  Lakeisha was worn down. She didn’t even know what she was good at, or how to stand on her own.

But as 2015 was coming to a close, and the optimism and adrenaline of an approaching new year gave her hope, Lakeisha was feeling optimistic about her future.  She was determined to get her high school diploma, get a job and find someone to take care of her mom. Lakeisha was determined to make the new year “her year”.

And then Lakeisha received the eviction notice that gave Lakeisha and her mom just weeks to move out.  Just like that, all of Lakeisha’s hopes and dreams came crashing down, replaced only with fear for the future.

“I felt devastated. I didn’t have resources,” Lakeisha says.

With days left before they had to move out and with no income of her own, Lakeisha called different shelters and heard about Orange County Rescue Mission. Then she went to a support group and a man there told her about the Mission.  To Lakeisha, it felt like God was telling her to come to the Rescue Mission.

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The first day she checked in, she cried. Her mom had gone to live with a relative and for the first time, she was truly on her own.

“It felt strange being at the Mission,” Lakeisha says. “I have a place to live. I have three square meals a day. I had to get my bearings.”

At the Rescue Mission, Lakeisha was provided with the resources she needed not only to survive, but to thrive.  She has now been given the chance to stretch her wings and find out what she is capable of.  She has discovered she is made of much more than she thought she was, that she has value and worth, that she can stand on her own, and that she can be an asset to an employer.   She even received her high school diploma and was valedictorian of her class!

Today, her hopes and dreams for the future are renewed. “When I graduate from the Mission, I will be self-sufficient,” Lakeisha says with newfound confidence.

Your gifts help men and women like Lakeisha start on the path to a new life.  Thank you for giving Lakeisha a chance to stand on her own!


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OCRM Employee Highlight

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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 Kaprice Vargas as our Employee of the Month.

Kaprice faithfully serves in our Parent and Child Enrichment Center as a Parenting Coach. She works hard to serve the children of  Orange County Rescue Mission everyday with a warm smile and a joyful heart.  Kaprice’s dedication and diligence keeps the Center running smoothly day after day.  It is an honor to serve alongside of you, Kaprice!

Tell us a little about yourself.   

My name is Kaprice Vargas.  I grew up in Orange County. I worship and fellowship at The Dwelling Place, Huntington Beach.  I enjoy hiking and spending quiet times by the beach.

How long have you worked at the Rescue Mission?  How did you hear about the job opportunity?

It will be two years this coming June!  I had moved to Tustin and in chatting with my roommates, the job opportunity seed was planted.

What do you love most about your job?

My greatest joy is derived from seeing our students and children flourish in God’s ways.

What is the hardest part of your job? 

The hardest part of my job would be the bittersweet goodbyes to our graduates.

How have you grown since you began working at the Rescue Mission?  

Working at a faith-based organization has reinforced my beliefs and the realization of my purpose – to serve our community.

What motivates you to keep going, even in the tough days?

My motivation is similar to what I love most about my job: it’s being a part of something bigger than us, which is serving Christ as people growing in relationship with Him.

What is your favorite verse?  

My favorite verse is Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

Join Kaprice and her co-workers!

Orange County Rescue Mission is a great place to work!  Go to RescueMission.org and click on employment to learn more about our current job opportunities.


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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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When a family is on the brink of homelessness, leisure is the last thing on a parent’s mind.  Providing a roof over their heads or a meal for their children becomes the necessary priority over a trip to the movies or a fun family outing.  Many children in low income and homeless families never get to experience these luxuries.

So you can imagine the joy it brought to our Corona Norco Rescue Mission residents when they were blessed with tickets to an Angels baseball game!  A couple of weeks ago, it was “Corona Night with the Angels”, an evening where citizens of Corona “take over” the Angel’s Stadium and attend a game together.  Our Corona Norco residents were invited to join, thanks to a generous donation of tickets from the Corona Chamber Foundation!

The highlight of the evening was being able to take the special Angels train, which travels round-trip from Corona to the stadium.  Most of the children had never been on a train in their lives, and were so excited to finally ride one!

The evening was one of joy and fellowship as the residents were able to bond and learn more about each other, all while enjoying a classic American pastime!  This outing was truly a blessing and I am so grateful to the Corona Chamber Foundation for making it happen!

Thank you once again, Corona Chamber Foundation!


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Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Rose Mongell Parkinson

Over the next few weeks, I would like to shine light on some ‘behind-the-scenes’ individuals that work hard to serve the community here at Orange County Rescue Mission.  They dedicate their time, talents and resources, and their service makes an incredible impact on the Rescue Mission.

Today, I would like to introduce you to Linda Rose.

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Linda Rose Mongell Parkinson is a beloved friend and partner of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic, a federally qualified health clinic operating at the Orange County Rescue Mission Village of Hope campus as well as in Santa Ana.  She  has served on the Hurtt Family Health Clinic Board of Directors  since November of 2012, and currently is the Vice Chair of the Board.

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In addition, since 2009, Linda Rose has been the driving force behind Orange County Rescue Mission’s Magic at the Mission, a Christmas celebration event for the homeless children and families at the Rescue Mission. Magic at the Mission is the most anticipated community event for our children and their families.  It is a time when parents can select Christmas gifts for their children, and also when the children can “shop” for their parents and pick out gifts for them as well.  This provides tremendous dignity and self-value to the children and parents.

Linda Rose has also helped pioneer food drives for the Rescue Mission through the Tustin Auto Center alongside her husband Mark Parkinson, who owns Tustin Buick GMC.

Her impact on the Rescue Mission is leaving a wonderful legacy for years to come.

Thank you for your service and partnership, Linda Rose!


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Doubling Your Impact

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You read the stories: about the amazing changes in people’s lives, the new and exciting experiences for children who have had so little and the education, self-sufficiency and success achieved by formerly homeless men and women…all because of the help from our generous community.

So I want to take a brief moment to let you know about a new donation match, because you know the impact of your giving.

During the month of May, because of a $50,000 matching gift in effect, your gift will be DOUBLED to help feed and care for TWICE as many people so they can start on the road to new life.

Your generous gift will provide much-needed help today . . .

For the mom fleeing from abuse, desperate to get herself and her children to safety. For the despairing parents, working two or even three jobs, but still unable to provide for their basic needs. For the homeless veteran, looking for work and a chance to start over again.

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Your gift to the Rescue Mission is so much more than dollars and cents. It translates into real help and hope for hurting people to leave the streets, beat addiction, mend broken relationships, learn a job skill and eventually find a new place to call home. It often takes just a single meal to rekindle hope in someone whose life has been a world of hurt, sorrow or pain.  And if you give before May 31st, you can help twice as many hurting people and provide twice as many meals.

Will you give someone that chance to find hope and help today?


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Finding Hope & Overcoming Obstacles on the Road to Success

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“There is nothing you cannot overcome.”

Tears well up in Rick’s eyes as he speaks to his daughter, Sarah, and son-in-law, Edgar, two of the Rescue Mission’s most recent Road to Success employment workshop graduates. He holds on tightly to their daughter – his granddaughter – Ava. This is a powerful and emotional moment, one Rick had hoped and prayed he would see, for the Lord to bring transformation and restoration to the lives of his daughter and her husband.

“Seeing where you have come from and where the Lord has brought you now, there is nothing you cannot overcome,”  he affirms his daughter, overjoyed by the journey she and her husband and daughter have been on for the past year.  He reminds her of the words of Nehemiah 8:10: “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

The Road to Success employment workshop is the culmination of a months-long, sometimes years-long, journey, where the residents of our programs participate in a week-long intensive workshop to equip them for the job search phase ahead. During this workshop, participants confront unhelpful habits or beliefs they may have previously had, and learn new skills to better equip them for the job search and interview process. This workshop always concludes with a very special ceremony recognizing each person that has completed it and will be moving forward into the final phase of their program.  The graduates are able to invite their friends and family to be a part of this time and witness this monumental next step on their journey to self-sufficiency.

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As in Sarah and Edgar’s case, this is an emotional time for many families. This is a chance to mend broken relationships and share in the joy of renewed hope and transformed lives.  Friends and family members are given a glimpse into the hard work and commitment required of each resident to make it to this point, and of the change that has taken place in their lives and hearts. Witnessing this ceremony is a beautiful time – our staff and volunteers encourage these residents who have worked tirelessly for months, families are reunited, and as the graduates share the new skills and truths they will take with them as they move forward. This is why we do what we do – not only to offer food, shelter, and safety, but ultimately to offer them hope and the belief they can now live changed and self-sufficient lives.

In the words of one of our veteran graduates, Alan, “Now I have the confidence that I still have something to offer the world.”

It is with great joy that I present to you the next class of Road to Success Employment Workshop graduates. These seventeen individuals have worked diligently for months, all towards the goal of self-sufficiency.  Along the way they have faced many challenges, at times maybe even thinking they would not make it to the end, but here they stand today, as men and women ready to take the next step on the road to success!

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Employers, if you are looking to hire, please consider the Rescue Mission residents. These individuals have proven themselves to be hardworking  and committed to excellence. With renewed purpose, they eagerly face new challenges and are grateful for each opportunity. Please contact our Success Center Manager, Joey, at (714) 247-4370 or joey.gonzalez@rescuemission.org for more information.


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Join Us Tomorrow for the 2nd Annual Children’s Business Fair!

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Please join us for the 2nd Annual Children’s Business Fair tomorrow!  From 9am to 2pm, the Village of Hope campus will be brimming with the bright ideas and creative products  of our youngest entrepreneurs.

The Children’s Business Fair allows children to display their business ideas and innovations to the local community by launching their own “start-up” through a booth at the Fair. This event teaches our children the value of entrepreneurship and teamwork as well as empowers them to be creative and self-sufficient.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 500 attendees from the community coming out to support these young minds. We anticipate an even larger crowd this year, and I am eager to see what the kids have created for us! I encourage you to come out, and support these young entrepreneurs by asking them about their products and making purchases. Participation from the community is a major part of what makes this event successful!

Click the image below to read more in The Tustin News article about the Children’s Business Fair.

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Please join us this Saturday at the Village of Hope in Tustin from 9am to 2pm to show your support! Come prepared to shop!


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