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Jesse looks forward to promising career, family restoration

Two years ago, Jesse entered the Mission battling alcohol and anger issues. Now, he’s looking forward to a promising career as an EMT and reuniting with his wife and children. “I don’t know what God has for me,” Jesse said. “But I know he’s got it all under control. I know he’s been preparing me…

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Miguel looks forward to the ‘bright, clear days’ after the storm

Miguel grew up in the Antelope Valley. He went to Catholic grade school and graduated from Catholic high school. His parents divorced when he was 2. His mom remarried, but it didn’t last. “My mom mostly raised me,” Miguel said. “She worked though, so I grew up kind of fast. After high school, that’s kind…

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David leaves drinking behind, starts fresh at the mission

David’s dad left his family when he was just 5, and David didn’t see him again until he was 18. They got drunk together and David never saw him again. He spent his childhood in Fresno with his mom and two sisters, eventually adding four stepsiblings to the family. “My grandparents took care of me…

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After A Relapse In The Desert, Steve Builds On His Foundation At The Mission

Steve spent 15 years on the streets in the High Desert. He slept down by the Mojave River, and dropped into the Victor Valley Rescue Mission for meals and hygiene supplies. Shortly after his 52nd birthday, Steve had a change of heart. He decided it was time to quit using and drinking, and asked for…

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Marshall Wants Out Of The ‘Deep Hole’ He’s In After Overdose

Marshall was born in Santa Barbara, but spent most of his childhood in Mississippi. When he was 16, he tried meth. “I did it one time, and then we moved back to California,” he said. “And then I just decided to further search for that because of the grip that it had on me, just…

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Jesse Is Lifting His Hands In Praise Once Again

Jesse grew up with his mom and sister near Monterey. “My dad was in my life, but my parents got divorced when I was 1,” he said. “My mom and I have a close relationship. My dad was very hard, emotionally and verbally. He has seven other kids and I was the last one. He…

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Eugene Revels In His Newfound Feeling Of Contentment

Almost two years since entering the mission’s Life Recovery Program, Eugene has continued to make great strides. After graduating in February 2019, Eugene moved across the street into the transitional living house. He had a few temporary jobs before landing a job at Hardy Diagnostics, a medical device manufacturer, in Santa Maria. He’s been employed…

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After Years Of Pushing People Away, Michael Accepts Help, Embraces Change

Michael was born in San Luis Obispo. He was active in the church in Nipomo as a child. “Church was more my parents idea,” he said. “I was just going through the motions.” Michael was baptized at a young age, but he said “it really didn’t stick. Life grabbed me and pulled me in the…

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Volunteer Marion Discovers Her Mission In Life

Marion came from a well-to-do family and was given a lot, but it was never enough. “I found myself searching for other things,” she said. “Through that process I came to know Jesus and my life changed.” That was about 30 years ago. When Marion was in college she was broke so she carpooled with…

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Looking Back On 2019

It feels like just yesterday when I was pondering what God would do in, around, and through the Central Coast Rescue Mission in 2019. I was trusting Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or even imagine, according to His power at work within us, to…

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Dui Arrest Was The Wakeup Call Peter Needed To Get Help

Peter was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He moved out to California where he has been doing consulting work for the past 30 years. He was married for a while and has a daughter who is 25 now. Peter had a drinking problem that started in his late teenage years. He struggled with it off…

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Ernie Finds His Calling At The Mission

You might remember Ernie. He was on his third stay at the mission and nearing graduation when we shared his story in March of last year. He not only graduated the Life Recovery Program, but he also completed the mission’s transitional living program and is currently serving as the house manager at the mission. Ernie…

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