Author Archives: Orange County Rescue Mission

Running 12 Years Strong!

This year marks the 12th Anniversary of Orange County Rescue Mission’s partnership with Up and Running Again! Not only do they run half marathons with students, the homeless men and women in our programs, but they also teach our students invaluable skills like goal setting, dedication, persistence, and team building.

Up and Running Again is a 14-week program that helps non-runners slowly build and progress to run 13.1 miles successfully. The program encourages students to build healthy physical and mental habits while pursuing a common goal. They push themselves to test their physical limits and learn that they can accomplish much more than they ever thought possible! After our students complete this program, they are healthier, more motivated, and more connected to one another than ever before. Click here to learn about the history of Up and Running Again and the beginning of our partnership.

Thank you Up and Running Again for faithfully serving our community for 12 years. We are excited to continue our partnership in the years to come!

Sheriff Don Barnes on Countering the Scourge of Fentanyl in Orange County

At a recent public hearing, Sheriff Don Barnes was clear about his concerns regarding the fentanyl epidemic, which he calls “our most significant long-term health crisis.” (The Orange County Register, March 3, 2022) I support Sheriff Barnes and believe that his description of what has contributed to and exasperated the fentanyl epidemic is accurate.

Please click here to read the Orange County Register article to increase your awareness. Help curb the fentanyl epidemic claiming lives from all of our communities.

Corporate Spotlight: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, hosted a canned goods and non-perishable food donation drive for Orange County Rescue Mission, with their signature Ritz-Carlton flair!

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, commissioned local sand architect, Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors, Inc., to make this year special by creating a sand sculpture with all of their community partners represented. They created a sand masterpiece, and it was an honor to see Orange County Rescue Mission included in the art.

It is truly a blessing to be a part of the Orange County community with the heart to give to others in need. Thank you again, Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, for your continued support and partnership!

Coordinating a donation drive is a fun way to give! Click here learn how and get the resources you need.

Orange County Rescue Mission Volunteer Since 2008!

John Patterson has volunteered with and supported Orange County Rescue Mission for almost 15 years! His longevity and commitment as a supporter have made a tremendous impact on the students in our programs and the homeless population in our community.

To commemorate his commitment, I presented John with a sword in front of Tustin Mazda, one of several of his auto dealerships. Inscribed on the sword is “John Patterson, a Warrior for the Least, the Last, and the Lost.” Many years ago, I was honored with a sword, signifying the courage required to fight on behalf of those in need. It has become my chosen way of honoring others for their service.

Thank you John, for your excellent partnership! It is a privilege to serve with you.

Volunteer Appreciation: Ken and Pam Lask

It’s National Volunteer Week here at Orange County Rescue Mission and throughout the nation. Calling attention to the impactful work of our volunteer force is a meaningful opportunity for me as a nonprofit leader. Volunteers are necessary and important members of our team who help to end homelessness one life at time. Ken and Pam Lask are two of those team members who have faithfully volunteered for many years.

Several summers ago, Ken and Pam joined some friends from Coast Hills Church to serve a barbeque meal at the Rescue Mission. As they served, the students touched their hearts. Ken shared, “After hearing an incredible story of how the Mission started and the vision of creating opportunities for the future, we definitely wanted to get more involved!”

Before long, Ken and Pam didn’t just volunteer in one facet of the Rescue Mission, but several! They have led and taught multiple programs, such as life skills and job search training. And they have continued serving food with the Chili Van outreach program and providing birthday celebrations for students. Ken and Pam have expanded their scope of volunteer ministry over the years, as they have found that the Rescue Mission offers opportunities that are a good fit for their interests and skills. “We see Jesus working every time we step foot on the Rescue Mission campus.”

All the while, they are developing relationships with those they serve. They connect personally with the students, whether they are teaching or serving food. “While each of us has our own unique story, what we all have in common is that we all need the strength, courage, and wisdom of Jesus Christ. The students’ commitment to growing is so inspirational. To us, they are all heroes.”

It’s National Volunteer Week!

I am happy to be among the nonprofit leaders who call attention to volunteer service, especially during National Volunteer Week. “National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world.” (Points of Light https://www.pointsoflight.org/nvw/)

Volunteering is a two-way endeavor that benefits both our organization and the volunteers. They tangibly support the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our community with their valuable time and skills. And at Orange County Rescue Mission, we give volunteers a quality experience.

If you are looking for a way to join a force that can help transform the world, we have a place for you (or your group!) at Orange County Rescue Mission! There are various ways to get involved. Check out our volunteer page to learn more. Thank you for considering to spend your volunteer time with us.

We especially need help from female volunteers with our children’s program. The kids here have faced many challenges in their short lives, and they need support to become healthy and restored.