News and Events
Help, Healing and Restoration
It's always a joy to hear the moving accounts of how hurting people have found help, healing and restoration through Long Beach Rescue Mission. Friday night was a celebration of 10 graduates of our New Life Program who, with your partnership, now have hope where there was none. Thank you! Learn more about our programs.
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!
For over 40 years, Long Beach Rescue Mission has celebrated the birth of Christ with our annual Christmas Toy Giveaway, distributing toys and stockings to children in our community. This year, 2,454 toys were given away! Thank you to all who make this event possible, and for helping us bring Joy to the World!
Faces of Gratitude
Whether it was in the privilege of giving or in the blessing of receiving, gratitude was in abundance at LBRM's Thanksgiving dinner and breakfast in our cafeteria at the Samaritan House. And we at the Mission are every bit as thankful for those who gave and worked and sacrificed to make it all happen. God bless you all!
After an upbringing void of love, an addiction and a divorce, Hope found herself stranded in Mexico with her six children. She was led there by an abusive ex-boyfriend, a man she met after her divorce.
She struggled to provide food for her kids. She worked setting up a taco truck, cutting cabbage, any work she could find. A full day’s work would earn her, at most, $10.
But her kids were starving. Her ex-husband agreed to bring four children back to America and care for them. But life didn’t get any easier for Hope and her two babies. Her abusive ex-boyfriend had stolen her ID and paperwork, and he told her that there was a warrant for her arrest in America. She was worried if she came to the U.S., she would be arrested and her kids would be taken away from her.
Lydia House Chosen for Renovation Project
The Long Beach Community Foundation has selected Long Beach Rescue Mission for their 2017 National Philanthropy Day project. It is an honor to be chosen! Our board, staff and volunteers teamed up on October 21 to renovate the outdoor area and provide a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere for residents of the Lydia House. Thank you, LBCF!
...Thanks to You!
The 2017 Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast was a wonderful blessing, thanks to the Sponsors, Table Hosts, individuals guests and volunteers who collectively made it possible. The event included great food, music, and many inspiring words. But most of all, it accomplished its stated purpose: “to unite community leaders throughout the City of Long Beach to pray together and receive God’s help, encouragement and blessings.” See you again next year!
Thank you to the donors and volunteers who made it possible to distribute 1,400 backpacks to needy students of nine local middle schools this year. Your support is giving children the tools they need to succeed!
Marquin remembers when he was just four years old, listening to his parents fight in the other room. He was so frightened that he started to shake. “From then on, any time there was pressure, I’d shake,” he says. “A junior high friend told me to try wine or beer and it made me stop shaking. That's how I started drinking.”