Ongoing Education: A Support System for Graduates

As an individual or family graduates from the Rescue Mission, they are faced with many challenges:  threats to sobriety, balancing personal finances, navigating conflict with their spouse, and even just the intimidation and fear that can accompany leaving the “safety” of a program.

We recently implemented our Ongoing Education program, a program designed to promote transitional readiness and equip a diverse population of adults to pursue their career goals as well as become active participants in the community. The Ongoing Education program was born out of the need for support for our graduates as they transitioned from our program back into independent life.

Through Ongoing Education, monthly classes are offered for our program graduates in the following areas: Maintaining Sobriety, Strong Relationships, Career Advancement and Personal Finance, and Discipleship and Spiritual Growth.  Graduates also have access to legal services at the Trinity Law Clinic, career support through our Success Center, and food boxes in case an emergency need should arise.

Pepper Hale is the Rescue Mission’s Alumni Care Coordinator and she has a very personal investment in the Ongoing Education program:  she herself is Rescue Mission graduate!  Because she knows from experience the challenges facing a new graduate, she easily understands the needs and how to meet them.  “There is a stability that comes from staying connected,”  Pepper says about the importance of community.  It is her goal to bring the community of graduates together as a support system while they navigate life outside of the Rescue Mission.

Word of the Ongoing Education program is spreading quickly and has been met with enthusiasm by our graduates.  Over 35 people attended the first monthly gathering in September and 8 more individuals have signed up for the next gathering in October!  We are glad to see this success even in such a short amount of time and we are eager to see how this program can continue to benefit our graduates!


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Because of You, Kenny is Singing a New Song

Kenny’s addiction had stolen everything.

A self-proclaimed “Skid Row drunk”, he spent years scraping by, playing music on the streets, and sleeping wherever he could.  That is, until the Huntington Beach Police picked him up and brought him to the Orange County Rescue Mission.

Take a look at the following video to hear how Kenny found the love of Jesus and the hope to start again.


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Volunteer Spotlight: Kate Rossbacher

I would like to introduce you to another Orange County Rescue Mission superhero: Kate Rossbacher!

Kate dedicates more than 24 hours each week to volunteering in the kitchen at Orange County Rescue Mission, which provides more than 600 meals a day to the homeless!  Kate works so diligently to help us in every capacity, whether it be serving food during dinner or washing dishes for more than 200 residents at the Village of Hope.

Some evenings when we have no other volunteers, you are guaranteed to find Kate alongside the kitchen staff, working hard.  When Kate found out that some of the residents in our program needed help hemming their pants for job interviews, she took initiative and organized a sewing class in addition to her regular kitchen volunteer hours. She has been able to equip our residents with the practical skills they need to look their best when going on interviews.

You can also find Kate at almost every special event, especially graduation. Kate has such a big heart for our community that it is second nature for her to be here, serving at Orange County Rescue Mission.

We are so grateful for your dedication to the Rescue Mission, Kate!


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Answering the Hard Questions

Does God exist?  Is the Bible reliable?  And if God exists, why is there suffering in this world?

These are the big questions that many of us ask.  Inevitably, we saw these questions arise here at the Rescue Mission as our residents encountered God and learned about Jesus Christ, many for the first time.  It became clear to us that we needed a way to address the questions residents were having, and give them the tools to build a basic foundation of what they believe and why they believe it.

To meet the need, the Rescue Mission’s Apologetics class began.  In April 2016, we began hosting a biweekly Apologetics class on the Village of Hope campus for our residents.  It has quickly become an integral part of the Rescue Mission community and an invaluable resource to our residents.  As they grow in their faith and encounter these difficult questions, there is now a resource for them to find answers and grow more confident in what they believe as they learn.

“Everyone, including those at Orange County Rescue Mission, needs to know if faith is based on reasons and evidence or wishful thinking,” one of the class teachers, Jeremy Livermore, says.  “We want our participants to leave Orange County Rescue Mission with confidence that Christianity will stand up to the challenges they will face.”

We have been extremely blessed by the individuals that have stepped up to teach the Apologetics class and share their knowledge.  Our first Apologetics teacher to kick off the class was Natasha Crain, a blogger, author, and speaker who is passionate about equipping Christians with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world.  She is the author of two apologetics books for parents: Talking with Your Kids about God (October 2017) and Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side (2016).

She says this about her experience teaching Apologetics at the Rescue Mission: “The students at the Rescue Mission were very enthusiastic learners. Most had never heard of apologetics before, but quickly became engaged with the talks. Many would discuss the subjects further with me after class—asking insightful questions on topics such as the problem of evil and suffering, evolution, the history of the early church, what happens to those who never hear about Jesus, and much more. It was such a blessing to be part of this unique apologetics program.”

In the year and a half since the Apologetics class began, the benefit of the curriculum has been so evident in the life of the Rescue Mission and its residents.  Residents often comment on how what they have learned has impacted their relationship with God and their ability to communicate not only what they believe, but why they believe it.  And from that, a true joy in Jesus Christ springs forth.  This is beautifully exemplified in Natasha’s memory from her first talk: “One of my favorite moments happened after I ended my first talk and asked for any questions. A student raised his Bible in the air and said with the most genuine joy, ‘That just made me appreciate God’s Word even more!’”

Thank you to Natasha, Jeremy, and all of the other teachers that make the Rescue Mission Apologetics class an engaging and fruitful environment for our residents to better know and enjoy God and share their faith!


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Congratulations to a “Perfect 10” Veteran!

It is always my privilege and joy to share the accomplishments of our Rescue Mission staff! On September 14, our very own Derrick Burton, Village of Hope Manager, was honored as the “Perfect 10” Veteran at the District at Tustin Legacy’s “Taste of 10” Anniversary Celebration!  Congratulations to Derrick as well as as a big thank you to our friends at the Exchange Club of Tustin for nominating him for this honor!

Derrick was chosen because of his important contributions and outstanding leadership in the Tustin community, which we experience firsthand every day.  Derrick’s heart for the Least, the Last, and the Lost is abundantly clear as he tirelessly serves and cares for the residents of the Village of Hope each day.  His energy and wisdom are invaluable to the Village of Hope community, and he has made a lasting impact on so many that pass through our gates.

Derrick has also served our country faithfully.  He is a Marine veteran that served in the military from 1983-1987.  He went to Boot Camp and school at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and afterwards was stationed in Okinawa, Japan from 1984-1985 before returning to El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.

Derrick, we are so thankful for your service both to our country and to the Least, the Last and the Lost of our community!  The Rescue Mission is continually blessed by you!  Congratulations Derrick!


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You’re Invited to Hurtt Family Health Clinic Anaheim Open House!

Just last week, the Anaheim City Council declared a state of emergency in regards to the growing homeless population. It is no secret that homeless and low-income populations are on the rise, and often these populations lack access to basic necessities such as adequate medical care.

Since 2000, the Orange County Rescue Mission has provided free medical care to the homeless through a converted mobile home at various sites throughout Orange County.  This grew into an organization called Hurtt Family Health Clinic that has expanded over the years to include several fixed-site clinic locations as well.

This month, the Hurtt Family Health Clinic has opened a third, fixed-site clinic in the city of Anaheim! This clinic will bring the Hurtt Family Health Clinic’s mission of providing all-encompassing care and treatment options to homeless and low-income families and individuals to Anaheim, a community in great need.

To celebrate this exciting event, the Hurtt Family Health Clinic will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday, September 29th. I would like to extend to you an invitation as well as share some of the heart behind the Hurtt Family Health clinic and this event:

Why are we opening a new clinic? Our goal is to serve families in need throughout Orange County and this new clinic will allow us to expand care to the Anaheim area, a largely under-served geographic area. We hope to continue to connect homeless and individuals with chronic care issues to on-going primary care.

Why are we celebrating with an opening? Because it is truly a reason to celebrate! The Hurtt Family Health Clinic aims to impact the Anaheim community by improving health outcomes for low-income and homeless populations. In addition, we will be able broaden our outreaches to serve communities in need of primary medical care and mental health services. Even more lives will be touched through this new clinic.

Why should you attend? You should join us to learn more about the wide variety of affordable services that Hurtt Family Health Clinic provides, including primary medical care, behavioral health, and counseling. You can also tour our brand new facility and meet with our staff. If you are in the medical care field, you can find out more about how to refer patients for clinic services.

This is an important milestone not only for the Hurtt Family Health Clinic, but for the Anaheim community, as we work together to serve the Least, the Last, and the Lost in this area. We look forward to having you join us as we celebrate this moment!

Please click here to RSVP.  For more information about the Hurtt Family Health Clinic, please call (714) 247-0300.


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Volunteer Spotlight: Randi Bernstein

I would like to introduce you to another Orange County Rescue Mission superhero: Randi Bernstein!

Randi Bernstein has created a wonderful partnership through the Exchange Clubs of Tustin and Irvine with the Tustin Veterans Outpost at Orange County Rescue Mission.  She is a wonderful supporter and advocate for our veterans.  She has invested in the cause of honoring veterans for their service to our country, and is supporting those who are on the “front lines” to help restore veterans who are challenged by the difficult transition to civilian life.

Through Randi’s leadership the Exchange Club comes to the Tustin Veteran’s Outpost to host amazing BBQs for the residents.   From delicious food to fun games, Randi and the team lift everyone’s spirits and warm everyone’s hearts.

Randi has also raised thousands of dollars in cash donations and purchases for Orange County Rescue Mission’s Tustin Veterans Outpost.  Randi’s efforts have made our veterans feel like they have a place to call home.  Her compassionate spirit has ignited people to come together to serve our veterans with dignity and honor.

Thank you for your service, Randi!


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Teens Caring for the Community

At the young age of 14, I came face-to-face with the issue of homelessness when a family came to me for help, with nowhere to turn. From my own experience, I have seen the incredible value in passionate young people caring for their community. It is equally important that the community provide opportunities for young people to utilize their talents and skills to meet needs.

The Rescue Mission is proud to be a place for young people to channel their creativity and innovation into service. As teens serve, they are able to use their abilities and talents to broaden their experiences and skills in ways that are beneficial to others.

Madeline is a shining example of a young girl doing great things for her community! She is passionate about serving others, specifically kids, and she found a way to do just that here at the Village of Hope. Madeline created and led a 5-day career camp for the VOH kids at this year’s Summer to Remember! Please watch the ABC 7 news story below for a look at Madeline’s innovative service project!

If you are a teen or the parent of a teen that is interested in serving with us, please contact our Volunteer Department at (714) 247-4368 to learn more about service opportunities!


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Medtronic Sends Village of Hope Kids Back to School in Style!

Currently, children make up over 40% of the residents here at the Village of Hope.  Fifty-four of those children are school-aged – that’s a lot of school uniforms to purchase!

I want to thank our friends at Medtronic, who helped make it possible for all 54 of our school-aged children to have brand new uniforms!  Medtronic heard of our need for uniforms and generously donated articles of clothing to help us meet that need.

Thank you Medtronic for sending the Village of Hope kids back to school in style!


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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 Jacqueline Steadmon as our Employee of the Month.

Jacqueline faithfully serves as one of our Case Managers at the Village of Hope, working with the female residents that are in the first phase of the program. She walks alongside these women as they begin the journey to self-sufficiency and supports them as they grow in their relationship with the Lord.  She is well-loved by all of the women she works with, and it is clear she has a passion for caring for God’s people!  It is an honor to serve alongside of you, Jacqueline!

Tell us a little about yourself. 

My name is Jacqueline Steadmon.  I was born and raised in California and I have two children.  I enjoy painting, reading about health and wellness, exercising, enjoying art, and spending time with friends and family.  I currently attend several churches.  I volunteer at one of the churches that I attend.  I love Saturdays and Sundays because I love hearing the messages and worshipping the Lord.  I look forward to hearing how God will minister to me and help me grow in my walk with Him.

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

I have worked at the Rescue Mission for nearly 2 years.  I heard about the job when a friend suggested that look into employment opportunities at rescue missions since I enjoy helping people.

What do you love most about your job?

I love getting to know the ladies on my caseload,  and relying on God to help me support them as they grow in their relationship with God, while working to become self-sufficient.  It’s awesome when I see their growth!

What is the hardest part of your job? 

The hardest part of my job is seeing ladies leave the program before completion.

How have you grown since working at the Rescue Mission?

I’ve become even more grateful and humble personally after hearing the stories of some of the residents here.  Some residents have experienced some heart-breaking things in their lives.

What is your favorite verse?  

Romans 8:38-39:For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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

Jesus, and reaching the Least, the Last, and the Lost.  It’s a blessing to be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission!

Join Jacqueline and her coworkers!

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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