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 […]

Christmas in July

It was truly a Christmas miracle when a giant cow dressed as Santa Clause walked through the doors of the Village of Hope, not to mention that the date was July 25th, rather than December 25th! But not to worry, this was no ordinary farm cow, the Chick-fil-A at The District / Tustin Legacy had […]

Success is in the Air

We congratulated a group of six men and seven women from the Orange County Rescue Mission campuses on the completion of the Road to Success workshop. Joey Gonzales, our career counselor proudly awarded each student with a certificate and a pin. Most of these formerly homeless students began this workshop without much expectation, very low self-esteem or fear of not being […]

Christina’s Story

Happy Monday everyone! Here’s a wonderful story of restoration to get the week started on the right foot! When Christina thinks about her childhood, she just closes her eyes and shakes her head. “My mom was an alcoholic,” she remembers. “I was raised in bars.” Drugs eased the pain of growing up under such difficult circumstances. But they didn’t answer […]

Summer Graduates 2013

Although I prefer to focus on the positives and highlight the successful achievements, we all know that significant change comes hand-in-hand with hard work and set backs along the way. Each day at the Orange County Rescue Mission presents this ensemble of both triumph and struggle. Graduation ceremonies are always a powerful commemoration while focusing […]

Graduation Milestones

This is a very important weekend at the Village of Hope. I am excited to spend Sunday commemorating our most recent class of summer graduates from the Orange County Rescue Mission with Tustin Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Puckett. I am thrilled to watch another group of formerly homeless men, women, and children cross the stage to […]

Ericka’s Story

Happy Thursday, today I want to share a story of HOPE with you directly from the Orange County Rescue Mission. Ericka and her son Akcire reside at the Village of Hope where they have a warm bed, food and a strong community. But it was not always that way, Ericka recounts a time in her recent past of shame […]

World Change Starts Here

I believe we can change the world… and we are starting right here,  in Orange County. The Orange County Rescue Mission operates a faith based prevention, emergency, transitional, and affordable housing that includes: food, clothing, education, healthcare and housing, but most importantly wrap around services, to our clients. Countless single men, single women, single parents and families have […]

Come Volunteer this July

This summer, don’t let the  heat drive you into a mundane routine at home.  Build a new tradition with your friends and family by using those open windows of time in your summer schedule to make a difference in the community. Rally your friends for a food drive or encourage your kids to do a […]

Where I was, am, and will go…

I hope that you are having a great Monday.  I would like to share with you a letter I received from Jeffrey Larson who is a student at Double R Ranch campus. By Jeffery Larson From where I came from when I first got to the Ranch, I have a different outlook on life.  I […]


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