Stories Archives - CC Rescue Mission



After Bout With Homelessness, Anthony Embraces Growth at the Mission

After living in Santa Maria for years, Anthony’s father fell in love with Hawaii. “He went there and really liked it, so he wanted us to live there,” said Anthony,

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VW Joe

“VW Joe” Finds Compassion From Mission Staff, Clients

Joseph, a self-described motorhead, wrote for car and motorcycle magazines for 25 years. “I went all over the world,” he said. “I saw some of the great races and great

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A Look Back At A Joyous And Successful Year For The Mission

2018 was an amazing year at the mission! The Life Recovery Program was revamped with a third phase, so staff can be assured that graduates have a plan in place

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Doing the Work, Reaping the Rewards

We are proud of all the men we serve in our programs. Here are two who have overcome, graduated, and moved on to live productive, fruitful lives:
Kevin (pictured above) struggled

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Director’s Note – January 2019

I look back at 2018 with great excitement and a sense of awe! With your help, we have created programs that result in sustainable life change, and that is humbling.

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Beto Is Taking Advantage Of His Second Chance At Life

Beto, a father of four and grandfather of eight, has been fighting his alcohol addiction for years. “I found myself drowning in it,” he said.
Beto was an assembly worker in

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Troubled Youth finds God, Lifelong Work in Rescue Ministry

After nearly 20 years in rescue ministry, Michael Gotschall is still excited about his most recent milestone: celebrating his first year on staff at the mission. “The team, the culture—the

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After a Tragic Death, John Looks for Help

John, 21, has been getting in trouble for most of his young life, but it wasn’t until his girlfriend died tragically last year that he started to envision his life

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Rich Explores A Growing Relationship With God

After graduating high school in Santa Maria, Rich and his girlfriend moved to the Central Valley, where he got a job welding in the oil fields. After a couple years,

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After Struggle With Gangs, Then Homelessness, Owen Finds Refuge

Owen’s excitement for his growing relationship with God and his heart for service is palpable. “I want to get in, do everything, help everyone,” Owen said with a laugh. “It’s

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