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    Agency - Ventura County Rescue Mission



    Agency Details:

    Ventura County Rescue Mission
    Last updated on September 4, 2014

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    With the help of our community we provide:
    REFUGE - Food, shelter, and clothing for those in need.

    RECOVERY - Biblically based programs to minster to the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

    RESTORATION - Equipping people to lead productive and independent lives.

    Description:
    Since 1972, the Ventura County Rescue Mission has served the poor and homeless, offering hope to thousands of hurting people. It is the longest standing year-round shelter for homeless men in Ventura County.

    The mission began providing food, shelter, and clothing to the needy as the Oxnard Rescue Mission. In 1989, its name changed to the Ventura County Rescue Mission to better align with the expansion of services countywide. In 1998, the mission completed a new 125 bed facility to house its emergency shelter and residential substance abuse recovery program. The mission also provides 25 beds of transitional housing for graduates of the residential recovery program.

    The Lighthouse for Women & Children, serving homeless single women and women with children, established its Life Recovery program in 1998, offering a transitional living program that included programming for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In December of 2003, the Lighthouse established the Safe Harbor Emergency Care program, which is a year-round emergency shelter that also serves as an overflow shelter when the two domestic violence shelters in the County are full.

    While the Rescue Mission Alliance is a Christ-centered organization, we are not a church. We recognize the need to join forces with the local churches of Southern California in order to provide spiritual nurturing and discipleship that is required for real hope and change in the lives of the people we serve. Many of our program participants and transient guests find regular churches to attend through outreach activities.

    History:
    Charles and Mary Pope, founders of the Oxnard Rescue Mission, came to southern California from Amarillo, Texas in 1967 to begin training in the ministry of Rescue in Santa Barbara. Shortly thereafter they were instrumental in establishing the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

    Five years later, Chuck felt a call from God to pioneer another Rescue Mission in the Oxnard / Ventura area. Along with his faithful and devoted wife Mary, Chuck began to look for a location for a Rescue Mission. At that time, Chuck received support from his dear friend Reverend John Foster, who also wanted to work with Chuck in Rescue ministry.

    Joining forces, they shared the vision of a Rescue Mission with area pastors and in 1972 established the first Board of Directors: Charles Pope, Chairman, Tom Fragano, Vice Chairman, Ruben Miranda, Secretary and Reverend John Foster, Treasurer.

    Initial funding required to renovate facilities and to begin operation were obtained in 1972 by loans from the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles, and the private sector. Incorporated in the State of California on July 6, 1972 as the Oxnard Rescue Mission, the organization began operations at the facility on Sixth Street in Oxnard where it is still located today.

    Contact person: Suzanne West, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)


    Main office number: (805) 201-3775
    Office fax number: (805) 385-3139

    Address:
     234 E. 6th ST.
    Oxnard, CA 93030
    (See a map)

    Web Site: http://www.vcrescuemission.org

    Directions:

       Nearest Bus Stop: Oxnard Transfer Center , 5-7 mi minute walk
    Last updated on September 4, 2014

    User Reflections    Post Your Own!

    Ventura County Rescue Mission 5 Overall Experience    Experience rating
    one of the most loving and accepting group of people you'll ever meet!
     posted by songbrdJB on May 24, 2012

    Ventura County Rescue Mission 5 Overall Experience    Experience rating
    it is more blessed to give than to receive!!!
     Rescue Mission, Moose Int'l, American Legion, B.P.O.E aka the Elks
    posted by songbrdJB on May 24, 2012

     
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