Fall 2017 Graduation: Stories of Hope

Ten days ago, I was standing in the courtyard just before the Fall Graduation ceremony was about to begin.  I felt a tug on my graduation robes and looked down to see the daughter of one of our graduates.  She asked me, “Are you graduating?”  When I told her I was not one of the […]

How a “Tornado” Learned to Be Still

In December 2015, Karen made a commitment to God and to herself that she wouldn’t enter the Village of Hope program unless she was going to finish it. On October 8, 2017, as she stood as valedictorian in front of her friends, family, and 22 fellow OCRM graduates, she knew she had done more than […]

Go With God and Be Ready for Battle!

The In-N-Out Burger Foundation may keep a low profile on its generous charitable giving, but speaker Howard “August” Booker of the In-N-Out Burger Foundation,  was a big hit at our graduation Sunday night! For more than two decades, our friends at the In-N-Out Burger Foundation have provided support to the Rescue Mission’s programs. This year, […]

A Legacy of Hope: Marci’s Story

Just a few weeks ago, the Rescue Mission congratulated its most recent group of graduates as one chapter of their journey comes to a close, and another begins. At each graduation, I have the privilege of introducing the Valedictorian, who shares a few words with their peers, friends, family, and guests. This Summer Graduation’s valedictorian […]

Thank You, Craig Furniss!

When it came time to choose a keynote speaker for the 2017 Summer Graduation, Craig Furniss came to mind immediately.  Craig is a wonderful advocate and passionate liaison of the Orange County Rescue Mission.  He has been a key advocate in connecting his church, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, to our community. He is a friendly […]

Summer 2017 Graduation: Stories of Hope and Restoration

How can I best describe the atmosphere at a Rescue Mission graduation?  Let me do my best: You can feel it in the room.  The joy of renewed hope and a life transformed in Christ.  The peace, strength, and excitement of the graduates in knowing they are freed from the pain of the past, the […]

A Father’s Journey: Eddie’s Story

  Last Saturday, Eddie Mejia completed the journey he began over a year and a half ago.  As he crossed the stage and accepted his diploma as a symbol of his graduation from the Rescue Mission program, he reflected on the long road that had led him to this moment.  A rough and difficult journey, […]

Miguel’s Story: Finishing High School for His Son

On Tuesday, I was privileged to stand on-stage and shake the hands of 14 Orange County Rescue Mission residents as they received their high school diplomas.  For many, this was a very emotional moment – one they thought they would never experience because of years of  hardships, mistakes and hopelessness.  But on this day, they […]

Thank You, John Patterson and St. Andrews Church!

Each graduation I ask a leader from the community to come share a few words of wisdom and encouragement with our graduates. Our Winter Graduation speaker for 2017 is John Patterson, President of OC Auto Team, owner of three Orange County auto dealerships, and respected community member. John holds special meaning to the Rescue Mission […]

Graduation, Rejoice in Hope and Restoration

Another wonderful indicator of a new year is our Winter Graduation. Each January, I am blessed to witness another group of graduates successfully complete the Orange County Rescue Mission program. These are the stories that are a reminder that homelessness is a devastating reality, but also that hope and transformation are possible. At times they […]

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