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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.
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!