News and Events
Turning Hunger Into Hope
Once again, Long Beach Rescue Mission will host two over-the-top meals with all the trimmings as an outreach to the community. In fact, we expect to serve around 2,200 Thanksgiving meals for this year's events! Because of you, the hungry will be fed, and the discouraged filled with hope. Thank you!
Dinner: Wednesday, November 21, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Breakfast: Thursday, November 22, 7:00-10:00 a.m.
Location: Samaritan House, 1335 Pacific Ave., Long Beach
Celebrating a Milestone
Congratulations to the 11 men and women who have persevered through LBRM's year-long New Life Program, culminating in a graduation dinner and ceremony on October 12! The celebratory atmosphere was electric, the testimonies moving and the outlook hopeful.
If you have never attended one of these milestone events, you really don't know what you're missing. Keep your eyes open for the next graduation coming in January. Meanwhile, you can peruse the testimonies of how God has used LBRM to change the lives of these and other past graduates.
New Life Graduation
Be a part of the celebration of 11 men and women who have successfully completed our year-long New Life Program, relying on the grace of God to restore their hope, and put them on the road to the fruitful lives He intends for them. Join us on...
Friday, October 12, 2018, 6:00 p.m., at the Samaritan House Chapel, 1335 Pacific Ave., Long Beach
Thanks to You!
Thanks to the sponsors, table hosts, individuals guests and volunteers who collectively made it possible, the 2018 Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast was attended by hundreds of prayer partners who gathered “to receive God’s help, encouragement and blessings.” The event included great food, music, and many inspirational words. But most of all, it stayed true to its central purpose: to call on God for His help on behalf of the people of our community. If you missed it, learn more about it here, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
To kick off the 2018-2019 school year, well over 1,000 backpacks equipped with essential school supplies were distributed to students of nine LBUSD middle schools. THANK YOU to the hundreds of donors and volunteers who engaged in this community effort to give children the opportunity to succeed!
Carmen could no longer endure being molested by one of her brothers, so she left home at age 15.
She grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father – the youngest of 13 children. Carmen then continued the cycle, entering relationships with abusive men and using crystal meth to dull the pain.
After years of addiction, Carmen finally hit rock bottom when she ended up living in the river bed for nearly three months. Celebrating her youngest daughter’s 8th birthday amongst the squalor finally motivated her to come to Long Beach Rescue Mission.
Carmen and her daughter are staying at the Lydia House, in our program to help women and children overcome homelessness and rebuild their lives. Carmen also stopped running from God.
LBRM's 4th Annual “Your Light Matters” Gala Fundraiser was highlighted by special music, community service awards, silent and live auctions, and of course, great food, all of which made for a wonderful gathering. But the overarching, predominant element which permeated the event was the esprit de corps shared among sponsors, guests, volunteers, staff and all co-laborers gathered to celebrate and foster changed lives. We really could not do what we do without you. Thank you all for your faithfulness! View the 2018 Gala gallery.
Easter—God's Love On Display
Because of many faithful volunteers and donors, LBRM's Kids' Fun Day, Easter Basket Giveaway and Easter meals were a great success as attested to by plentiful smiling faces. Families and individuals by the hundreds partook in this celebration as they shared in the joy of Easter. Our hope is that everyone who comes to the Mission experiences a demonstration of God's love and is filled with a desire to know Him.
All it took was a split second for Arthur’s life to change forever. “My father had a heart attack – and died in my arms on the way to the hospital.” Growing up, Arthur remembers many happy moments enjoyed with his loved ones. “But it all fell apart when my dad passed away,” he says.
Soon after, his distraught mother was diagnosed with cancer. The disease eventually took her life. “Nobody tells you how to grieve,” Arthur says. “I coped by just being numb.”
A Thrill of Hope
Christmas dinner and breakfast at Long Beach Rescue Mission were a great blessing to our neighbors as hundreds of meals were served. Thanks to the faithful donors, volunteers and staff who teamed up to serve the LB community and bring “a thrill of hope” to so many. Thank you, and merry Christmas to you all!