Kids Excited About School

With the unavoidable conclusion of summer also brings a population of  melancholy kids. The market driven back-to-school shopping rush usually can alleviate some of this dismal mood with temporary excitement in new clothes and school supplies, but imagine the first day back to school without even a new notebook filled with crisp blank pages. Fortunately, […]

Summer Blow Out

Where do you begin when thanking the volunteers that have turned into family? The end of the summer blow out at the Village of Hope is an event we look forward to every year, but its not the only time we get to enjoy the friendship of Coast Hills Community Church. The summer blow out […]

Our Volunteers Our Hero’s

Our Volunteers Our Hero’s.  Everyone has a story. Something we don’t do enough is recognize the people that freely dedicate their time to make the work of restoring lives possible. The intriguing part is why they do it. WATCH as our volunteer spotlight, Linda, tells her story HERE. Join us and volunteer with OCRM

Athletes Against Homelessness

How do we open the eyes of children to new opportunities? They don’t know what they don’t know! Mind, body and soul are just the basic aspects to consider when you are working toward reversing generations of dysfunction and unhealthy lifestyles. At the Orange County Rescue Mission, we are not just a shelter, warehousing the […]

Night at the Symphony

Residents of O.C. Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope transitional housing program enjoy a night at the Pacific Symphony. By THERESA WALKER / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Dawn Smart walked arm in arm with a neighbor friend up the walkway at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on the night the Pacific Symphony presented “Roll Over Beethoven – From Rock to […]

Concordia University

Volunteers from Concordia University tutor kids, helping them overcome challenges from time spent homeless. BY JORDAN GRAHAM, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER On a typical weekday at the Village of Hope, parents are at work, their children are in class.  It could be anywhere in Orange County. But the parents and children are all homeless at the Village, a […]

R U Hungry? They are!

Typically the idea of hunger drums up images of children in 3rd world countries, but I meet families in Orange County every day who are struggling to find their next meal. Kids and parents who know the pain of hunger all too well, that have never known healthy nutrition or the comfort of three meals […]

Thank You State Street Foundation

The State Street Foundation has been a consistent and treasured partner of the Orange County Rescue Mission for many years. Over time, State Street has funded the Village of Hope’s Child Development Program, helped initiate a culinary arts program for homeless residents of the Village of Hope and help launch a new and innovative legal […]

Greenlight Says Go

… to the Circus! Taking kids to the circus for the first time is almost more entertaining than the actual acrobats and elephants. Eleven 3 and 4 year-olds from the Orange County Rescue Mission were granted a trip to the circus yesterday where they all had the opportunity to enjoy all the magic and wonder […]

Ending Homelessness

How does a City make a positive impact on ending homelessness?  Just ask the City of Tustin. I had the honor of being a Guest Columnist for the Orange County Register’s Tustin News section on Thursday, July 18th. In this particular piece, I invite other Orange County cities to follow Tustin’s lead in serving the […]

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