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...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!
Visit again soon for a link to the 2017 Prayer Breakfast photo gallery.
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!
Please join us as we celebrate with the graduates of our New Life Program this fall. Check this page again soon for the date. We look forward to seeing you!
Thanksgiving Community Outreach!
Please put November 23 on your calendar now. It takes scores of volunteers and the countless donors to provide the hundreds of meals we serve to our community on Thanksgiving. Be a part of making a difference!
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.”
Our hats are off to (left to right) Laura, Belinda, Robert, Anthony, Devin and David, who celebrated their graduation from LBRM's New Life Program on Friday, July 14, putting an exclamation point on a year-long, life-transforming journey. Thank you to all the faithful supporters who made it possible!
Is Long Beach Rescue Mission making a difference? Is it a good place in which to invest? Decide for yourself as you follow a three-part series by Unassuming Collective, whose mission is to share “stories, untold, brought to life.” It is stories like these which demonstrate how God is working through LBRM to change lives.
It was business as usual when Diana went to work one day at the Vons deli. “I was doing lots of lifting and all of a sudden I couldn't breathe,” she says. “I was hospitalized for eleven days, on oxygen, diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).”
Diana couldn’t return to work and, before long, had gone through all her savings. Then, she was evicted. However, a friend of hers knew the Supervisor of our Women’s New Life Program. “She called the Mission and the next day we were on our way here,” Diana says. “God is good. He takes care of us.”
Thanks to You!
Another festive Easter celebration (with food and Easter baskets in abundance) took place on Sunday at the Samaritan House—because of you! Your compassion has made it possible to instill hope in hundreds of members of our community. Thank you!
Mared had a successful career, a beautiful family and a bright future before him – but he was harboring a secret. “I’d been smoking weed since I was 15. It was a daily habit, like people drinking coffee.”
Then Mared was in a minor, work-related accident and a required drug test revealed his secret. “The company paid for drug rehab and said I could come back at the same pay, but my pride didn’t allow me to go back,” he says. “It was downhill from there. I lost my job and my marriage dissolved.”
Still Mared continued using and, within a year, found himself homeless.
3rd Annual Fundraising Gala a Great Success!
Our most heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors, attendees, guests and volunteers who contributed to making this year's Fundraising Gala a wonderful success. It's all about helping the homeless and changing lives, and we could not do it without you. Your Light Matters!
Our 2016 Sponsors