Author Archives: Orange County Rescue Mission

5th Year in a Row, We’re Voted a Top Workplace!

I am thrilled to share that Orange County Rescue Mission was named a Top Workplace in Orange County for 5 years in a row, in the Orange County Register’s annual competition!

Only 105 companies made this year’s list, and we ranked 22nd out of the 45 companies who qualified in the mid-size company category. This award is based on our staff’s feedback through an anonymous employee survey, which makes this award that much more meaningful.

I am amazed every year by the level of passion and dedication that the staff has for the homeless men, women, and children in our community. They are one of the many reasons why the Rescue Mission is continuing to thrive during these challenging times! I am extremely blessed to work with an incredible group of individuals.

If you are looking for a career that shines the light of Jesus Christ to hurting and homeless people, please visit our website at for employment opportunities. We are always looking for new talent to join our growing team to help bring hope and restoration to our community!

Donations of Stock can Reduce Your Taxes

Did you know that appreciated stock can be donated? Warren Cole Smith writes in his December 28, 2020 article,

To learn more about this valuable financial strategy and read the full article, click here.

Orange County Rescue Mission is qualified to receive stock donations! Contact Anna Song at [email protected], or click to our website at

Recent County Financial Analysis from former Senator John Moorlach

My good friend, Honorable John Moorlach, was recently featured on the front page of the Orange County Register newspaper. As most of you might know, John has been a State Senator, Orange County Supervisor, and Orange County Treasurer. He has also been a huge supporter of the homeless, those with mental health issues, and Orange County Rescue Mission. As a Certified Public Accountant, John has a “real gift” in finding the real bottom line when it comes to government financial reports. I hope you enjoy this article.

Thank you, Assemblyman Steven Choi & LA Woori Broadcasting!

To kick off the holiday season, my long-time friend Assemblyman Dr. Steven Choi and LA Woori Broadcasting donated 132 Korean mink blankets and five humidifiers to the homeless men, women, and children at Village of Hope.

Assemblyman Dr. Choi and I served together on the Orange County Public Library Board. We have continued our relationship through the years because of our joint hearts for the homeless in our community. Assemblyman Dr. Choi is a big supporter of Orange County Rescue Mission and has joined our Annual OC Veterans Day Dinner for the last two years. I can always count on him to make everyone in the audience laugh with his presentation of the Veteran of the Year award.

Thank you, Assemblyman Dr. Choi and LA Woori Broadcasting, for donating these warm blankets and humidifiers to the homeless men, women, and children at Village of Hope. We appreciate you both for keeping us warm and safe this holiday season!

2020 I 7th Annual Turkey Trot OC Virtual 5k

Now in its 7th year, join Turkey Trot OC 5K on Thanksgiving morning, and throughout the holiday weekend! Even though we cannot gather in person this year, we are making sure that Turkey Trot OC participants won’t miss the opportunity to compete, have fun, and make their Thanksgiving celebrations more meaningful. This year we have two options to compete and participate in the Turkey Trot OC 5K.

Our goal for this year remains the same – to raise the funds to provide 30,000 meals for the hungry and homeless of Orange County. Your participation will continue the work of ending homelessness, one life at a time.

Go to Turkey Trot OC Virtual 5K Race to learn more and register!


A World Champion that Helps the Homeless

We are very excited and proud to announce that our own Denise Nelson-Finster was again named a World Champion! Her and her horse Isabella placed third for their performance at the 2020 Western Dressage World Championship, among 2,400 horses and riders. Denise competed at the highest and most competitive level, which is for trainers only. Dressage is an Olympic discipline. The horse and rider are judged on how well they can perform a series of prescribed movements and a musical freestyle performance, giving dressage great international popularity.

But Denise doesn’t hold on to her expertise with horses just for her own recognition. This world champion’s ease of connecting with horses is shared for the benefit of others and for the last twenty years with Orange County Rescue Mission’s Double R Ranch. It is amazing what Denise and a horse can do to help breakdown the walls of the hardened heart of a broken man or woman, to bring healing and restoration.

We are so thankful to have world-class team members in our ministry and look forward to more victories for Denise and her husband, Kevin.