"God has kept me whole"

Jung broke the cycle of drugs and violence to reclaim her life as a woman, mom and beloved child of God.

Jung began her struggle with meth at just 12 years old.

Somehow, she kept her drug use under the radar. At 18, Jung says she went "full blast" and stopped coming home. Then her mom was diagnosed with cancer and her whole life changed. It fell on Jung to drive her mom to chemotherapy treatments. Jung ended up dropping out of college to help her mom, but was doing drugs in her closet.

Her mom passed away in 2000. "I didn't know how to grieve," Jung remembers. "I didn't know how to process it."

So Jung went "full blast" again.

From one bad situation to another.

This time, Jung met a man...who turned out to be a monster.

"If I didn't do something or I got him angry, it escalated to torture. In the end, it had to be sex. I felt like a dirty, old rag, basically getting raped."

Then Jung discovered she was pregnant. Desperate to get away, she intentionally got herself arrested — and escaped. But as so often happens, she went back to her abuser after he made promises to change.

It seemed like she was hitting one dead end after another. She knew things needed to change. Then, one of her counselors suggested Orange County Rescue Mission.

Jung and her kids are on the road to recovery thanks to the generosity of people like you.

"When I walked in, everyone here was different," Jung says. "They treat you like you're their family. They want the best for you.
They make you feel like you're wanted."

Looking back over her life, Jung is grateful for God's protection. "As long as I've been doing drugs, I didn't lose myself. God has kept me whole. If God didn't protect me, I wouldn't be able to be here. I'm able to think. I'm able to work. I'm able to serve. I'm able to make a better future for my kids, to make better decisions."

You can make a difference for others like Jung!

At the Mission, not only were Jung and all of her kids accepted, but it seemed like this was where God meant for them to be.

Today, more hurting neighbors like Jung are entering into the Mission's program to restore and rebuild their lives.

Many have been stuck in a cycle of poverty and homelessness and have not been able to get out on their own. Others are struggling to break free of addiction. Still others need help healing from emotional or physical abuse.

Orange County Rescue Mission is a place where lives change through hope, grace and unconditional love. We're all about being a community where hurting people are not defined by their brokenness. Where, instead, they can experience new life in Jesus.

A meal changes lives. It gives hope.

Right now every $1.48 you give will provide not one but TWO meals. A $30,000 matching grant will DOUBLE your gift to help transform the life of others like Jung.

Orange County Rescue Mission is here to help

Our programs help transform lives with the love of Jesus and offer practical help to restore men, women and families back to self-sufficiency.

Meals

Hope starts with a meal. We serve an average of 4,458 meals each and every day.

Housing

Transitional communities provide long-term housing for formerly homeless families.

Medical

The Hurtt Family Health Clinic is a free clinic for the program residents and medically uninsured of all ages.

Education

The Success Center offers academic and workforce education.

DOUBLE your gift to transform lives
Deadline: May 31