News and Events
Celebrating a Milestone
Friday, July 13, was a night of prayer, praise, testimony and the celebration of 12 graduates of LBRM's New Life Program. This milestone represents a year of faithfulness, perseverance and trust in God in their journey towards independence. Read the testimonies of these and other past graduates here.
Help Middle-School Students Succeed...
Once again, Long Beach Rescue Mission is committed to giving out thousands of backpacks filled with supplies to students in need.
In collaboration with Long Beach Unified School District, here are the selected middle schools that will benefit from this year's campaign:
- Avalon (Catalina Island)
All backpacks and supplies are due by Saturday, August 25, 2018.
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!
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.