Author Archives: Orange County Rescue Mission

Congratulations to the 2019 OCBJ 500 Influencers!

Congratulations to these generous supporters for being named in the Orange County Business Journal’s 2019 OC 500 Directory of Influence. We are so grateful for these leaders, for their contributions to Orange County and their support of the Rescue Mission. Thank you for everything you do; your recognition is well-deserved! And, it was a privilege to also be recognized among these leaders!

Lynsi Snyder

Rod Emery

Michael Hayde

Ruben Mendoza

Julia Argyros

Stephen Christensen

David Bahnsen

John Saunders

Rick Reiff

Bill H. Lyon

John Sackrison

George Argyros

Gen. William Lyon

Ron Simon

Jim Palmer

Being a Good Neighbor to Tustin Fire Victims

I am heartbroken to hear of the total loss of property in the Tuesday early morning fire at the Chatham Village Apartments in Tustin. But also, I’m so thankful that with neighbors helping each other and the assistance of the Orange County Fire Authority and the Tustin Police Department, no lives were lost in this tragedy.

Dr. Mayor Allan Bernstein says it well that “The City of Tustin has a spirit of generosity, a family-oriented mindset and the response from our community has been incredible.”

Orange County Rescue Mission is happy to do our part by providing breakfast and lunch to those who are receiving shelter at the Tustin Senior Center, for however long is needed, until everyone finds temporary housing. Our staff and residents have this spirit of generosity, and we are grateful to pass on to others the blessings of being a part of the Tustin community.

In addition, Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope has been designated by the City of Tustin as the drop-off location for all donations to assist the fire victims. The warehouse at 1 Hope Drive, Tustin, 92782, is open to receive donations every day, 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Items that the fire victims especially need are: towels, new clothing, hygiene items and gift cards for groceries, gas and clothing.

Excelerate Capital Gives Joy to Laurel House Girls

The teen girls at Laurel House, one of the organizations that I have the opportunity to serve as President, were treated like princesses by Excelerate Capital! During their Christmas season “Gifts of Joy” event, the girls and the house parents were all invited to the office of Excelerate Capital to enjoy painting, games and gift giving. I especially appreciated how the employees hosted the party and welcomed the girls to Excelerate Capital’s “home”.

Thank you, Excelerate Capital, for blessing the Laurel House girls and helping them to know how special they are! 

Angels’ Manager Joe Maddon Visits Village of Hope

The Los Angeles Angels’ spring training is just weeks away, but that didn’t stop Manager Joe Maddon from taking the time for his first charitable appearance since arriving in Orange County. We are grateful that he and his Respect 90 Foundation chose Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope for their first Thanksmas event!

I believe in the biblical truth that every gift given from the heart, no matter the size or the notoriety of the giver, has great value for the work of restoring the lives of homeless veterans, men, women and children.

But when Joe Maddon, someone of his caliber and heart, chooses to spend time with people, serve them dinner and talk with them, that’s outstanding.*

Village of Hope resident, Angel, agrees. “For someone who is a big-time personality from a sports point of view, to come here to us…We’re all broken here…we don’t feel important enough to have someone come to join us. So it’s a great honor because it makes you feel like we are special and somebody does care about us.”**

Maddon stated that Village of Hope “might be the best I’ve seen.” * Joe and Jaye Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation serves in the different communities where they have lived.

We are grateful for their dedication to serve others! Thank you again, Joe Maddon and Respect 90 Foundation!

Read more about the Respect 90 Foundation and the Thanksmas event at Village of Hope in the January 29, 2020 online editions of The Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times.

Merry Christmas – in July!

For seven years running, Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope campus has been transformed into a Christmas-themed celebration – in July!  This wonderful event is not only a great way for the community to contribute to caring for the Least, the Last, and the Lost by donating necessities, but it is also a joy-filled day for families to have fun and make memories together.

It was a scene of joyful festivities on the Village of Hope campus: the courtyard was filled with booths manned by volunteers and full of fun activities, including Minute-to-Win-It games, Christmas cookie decorating, a photo booth, and even a Nintendo Switch tournament!

But this event would not be possible without our Event Sponsors and Partners, along with almost 200 volunteers!

Each year, Peter Brakke of Chick-Fil-A in the Tustin District and John Patterson dealerships, along with Tustin Auto Center all collect items for donation throughout the month of July at their places of business. Chik-fil-A restaurant provides a delicious meal for everyone in attendance. And this year, John Patterson made a big push to raise funds for this event at the grand re-opening of his Huntington Beach dealership! The leadership and dedication of Peter Brakke and John Patterson have made this event a success, year after year.

This year Union Bank joined Christmas in July as an Event Sponsor. We are grateful for their participation, because their sponsorship makes it possible for us to provide this family event that brings enjoyment to life at Village of Hope. Event Partners, Tustin Boys and Girls Club, also joined us for the seventh year in a row!

And we are blown away by the community’s generosity!  On the day of the event alone, we received donations of 2,822 pounds of food, 427 pounds of clothing and 1,746 pounds of hygiene items and toys, for a total of 5,040 pounds of donated items!

I want to say a big thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers that came out to serve with fun activities for the families of the Village of Hope, as well as our incredible Event Sponsor, Union Bank, and Event Partners, Chick-Fil-A at the Tustin District, Boys and Girls Club of Tustin, and Tustin Auto Center. Merry Christmas (in July)!

A Hand Up, not a Handout

Our mission here at Orange County Rescue Mission is to minister the love of Jesus to the Least, Last, and the Lost. One of the very tangible ways we are able to do this is through the Outreach component of our organization.

Take a look below at our newest video, to see how Outreach is the connection point for someone to find out that there are other options to homelessness.

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Through Outreach we are able to interact with the homeless community in Orange County by serving meals, providing hygiene items, offering housing resources and referrals, advocating for OCRM programs, listening, caring, having conversations, praying for individuals, and offering them a hand-up out of homelessness. The most powerful voices on out Outreach teams are those who, not long ago, were also homeless

It is our goal through Outreach, not only to offer a simple a meal or material items, but more importantly offer a hand-up by building a relationship and extending an invitation for real life-change.  Through this ministry, homeless men, women, and children are not only leaving the streets, but stepping into new, transformed and self-sufficient lives.

If you are interested in volunteering with our Chili Van or Outreach teams, please contact our Volunteer Department at [email protected]!