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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!
In September, the Long Beach Rescue Mission will host the 35th Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast, a city-wide event “to unite community leaders throughout the city of Long Beach to pray together and receive God’s help, encouragement and blessings.”
SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, September 15 2017, 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Hyatt Hotel: 200 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach
Congratulations to the six graduates of our New Life Program whom we honored on April 7 with a grand dinner and poignant ceremony. Four times a year, we celebrate the amazing transformation of lives and the dedication of men and women who complete our New Life Program, a year-long journey in which our graduates are reconciled to God, to self, to their familes and now back into society. Thank you to all of our supporters who have made it possible!
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
2016 Gala Photos
2016 Gala Video (coming soon)
Phillip moved to the United States from Jamaica 20 years ago to start a new life. “Jamaica is hard,” he says. “Gangsters terrorized my neighborhood. There were a lot of shoot outs. Some nights, I was lucky to get home.”
He lived with his mother in Detroit and worked two jobs to help support them, but he wasn’t making any headway. “I got depressed and stopped praying and going to church,” he says.
Then he discovered that his mother had been gambling away their money. She moved out, and he was able to save enough to move to Long Beach. “My plan was to find a job and a place to stay. That would be my new life,” he says.
Fernando wanted to die.
Surgery for a brain aneurysm had left him unable to walk or speak. He was having to relearn everything. “I’d never sunk to that level of desperation or sadness before,” he says.
His physical therapist challenged Fernando to stop feeling sorry for himself and try to walk. “She forced me, and my anger motivated me,” he says.
Then she asked him if he believed in God. “I stopped believing in God a long time ago. I never talked to Him at that point,” Fernando says. “But she talked to me about Him a lot and insisted that I come to Long Beach Rescue Mission because it’s a good place if you really want to get close to God.”
...Thanks to You!
Thank you to all of our Sponsors, Table Captains, and every individual who made the 2016 Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast such a huge success! 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.” You couldn't help but leave the event refreshed and encouraged to seek God for our community.
If you missed it, please join us next year!
Before she died of cancer, Rodney’s mother made him promise he would “clean up his life.”
His mother’s death wasn’t the only tragedy in Rodney’s life. His father, two uncles and an aunt all died within a couple years of each other. “We had funeral after funeral,” Rodney recalls, and though he’d been clean and sober for eight years, he began smoking “a little weed.”
His drug use led to a year in jail, and that led him to a decision: “At 54, I’m too old to be sitting around getting high.” That’s when Rodney decided to come back to the Mission and enter our New Life discipleship and recovery program.
It’s hard to know where to start sharing Kelly’s story.
Since her mother was a heroin addict, Kelly and her siblings bounced around from family members to foster homes and group homes.
Then Kelly began using drugs herself when she was just 11 or 12.
Later in life, all of her living children, who now range in age from 3 to 23, were all taken from her care at one time or another because of drug use.
Is there a bright spot, a silver lining in what seems like a tragic life? YES! Because today, thanks to your support, Kelly knows that “God has a purpose!”
Kelly’s exposure to drugs came first through her mother, a heroin addict who neglected to care for her children.