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Rescue Mission.

Ringing in Help for Homeless Children in Need

January 2014 – A bell rang loudly at the administrative offices of Rescue Mission Alliance, parent organization of the Lighthouse for Women & Children. On Monday, December 23, George West of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Vice President of Mission Integration for Dignity Health, hand delivered a $12,000 grant check. The grant was awarded to the Lighthouse for Women & Children in support of its services to homeless and hurting women and children.

A tradition at the Rescue Mission Alliance office is to ring a bell when a donation of $5,000 or more is received for one of its ministries. And, in keeping with their slogan of, “you bring it, you ring it” Mr. West happily made the bell peal loudly. All of the staff members in the building gathered to celebrate and thank Mr. West for Dignity Health’s generous grant.

Dignity Health has been supporting homeless women and children in Ventura County through its grants to the Lighthouse since 2005. The Lighthouse is grateful for their ongoing support and looks forward to continuing to work with them in their shared goal of meeting the needs of the underserved in our community

Serving More than Burgers

January 2014 – Approximately 175 homeless and hurting children in Ventura County will come with their mothers to the Lighthouse for Women & Children emergency shelter, residential recovery, or transitional housing programs this year. In-N-Out Burger Foundation has awarded a $7,500 grant to the Lighthouse to help provide services for these children. This marks the seventh year in a row that the In-Out Burger Foundation has partnered with the Lighthouse to address the physical, mental, emotional, academic, and spiritual needs of the homeless children in our community.

In-N-Out Burger focuses its community giving on programs that help abused and neglected children. Lighthouse services dovetail well with its priorities, because they provide residential treatment, emergency shelter, and early intervention for at-risk homeless children. In fact, In-N-Out Burger has played a significant role in the funding of Lighthouse children’s services over the past several years through their ongoing support.

For the past three years, the In-N-Out Burger Foundation has also supported the Lighthouse’s sister organization, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, which serves at-risk and homeless families in the San Fernando Valley


December 2013 - The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Ventura County Rescue Mission, awarded the mission a $40,000 grant to support their mission of providing services to the homeless and hungry in Ventura County. The mission is a leading provider of homeless services in Ventura County, providing an estimated 365,000 hot, nutritious meals and 68,000 nights of safe shelter annually. In addition to meals, the mission provides many other services including emergency shelter for men, showers, and clothing and an 85-bed residential drug and alcohol recovery program for men, and transitional housing for recovery program graduates.  

“We are very grateful for on-going support and generosity of the Wood-Claeyssen’s Foundation,” says John Saltee, director of the mission. “Their continuing partnership with the mission helps us to keep providing refuge, recovery, and restoration for men, women, and children in need in our community and throughout Ventura County” Saltee adds. Since 1995, the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation has provided $695,300 in grant funding to the Ventura County Rescue Mission.

Meadowlark Service League Awards Funds to Promote Healthy Lives

June 2013 - The Meadowlark Service League, a community organization supporting Ventura County non-profits, awarded a $14,500 grant to the Ventura County Rescue Mission and the Lighthouse for Women & Children. The mission is currently refurbishing an onsite gymnasium to promote healthy living for residents. They will be equipping the gym with a range of exercise equipment including treadmills, cross-trainers, stationery bikes, and elliptical machines. The Lighthouse for Women & Children seeks to replace worn out playground equipment to improve the health and safety of their youngest homeless guests.

The Gene Haas Foundation - A Generous Partner for 10 Years

May 2013 - The Gene Haas Foundation has supported the Ventura County Rescue Mission since 2003 and has made a positive impact in the lives of thousands of our neediest neighbors in Ventura County. They have come forward once again with a very generous gift of $35,000 to support the services we offer to the hungry and homeless. Over the past ten years, the Haas Foundation has donated over $178,000 in support of the mission.

The Ventura County Rescue Mission’s most pressing need is to purchase and install a new commercial grade combi oven. The current oven has a lot of wear and tear, has become very unreliable, and requires frequent and costly repairs. With the Gene Haas Foundation’s support, the mission will purchase, install, and maintain a new 202G Combi Master Oven. The new oven features a self-cooking control w/7 modes, Combi-Steamer w/3 modes, (20) 18"x26" or (40) 12"x20" pan capacity, and many other features. The new oven will allow the mission to cook large quantities of food more efficiently for years to come.

We are grateful to the Gene Haas Foundation for their gift that will provide our kitchen with the needed equipment to serve the hundreds of hungry and homeless that come to the mission every day in need of a hot meal, which is often the first step on the road to recovery.