• Brenda Rebounds From Her ‘Lowest’ After Seeking Help From The Mission

    Brenda has been through some tough times in her life. But in the middle of 2019, she hit rock bottom. Brenda worked as a server for 35 years, the last 17 primarily in the San Fernando Valley. She was working six days a week to provide for her 13-year-old son and 21-year-old pregnant daughter. Things…

  • Debbye Finally Comes To The Mission After God Guides Her Time And Time Again

    Debbye grew up in South Central L.A. “I feel like the moral values I grew up with were different than what the other kids had. My mom was strict about things. We lived pretty comfortable. We didn’t have much. It was all my mom could afford,” Debbye recalls. Her dad was never involved in her…

  • Geraldine And Her 2-Year-Old Daughter Feel Safe, Comfortable, Welcome

    Geraldine was born in the United States, but grew up in Mexico. “I went there when I was a couple months old,” she said. “I always wanted to come back to this country and finally I had the opportunity when I was 17. That was 10 years ago.” Geraldine stayed with her grandparents for a…

  • Tammy Says The Mission ‘Caught Me Before I Fell’

    Tammy spent most of her life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the desire for warmer weather and to be closer to her oldest daughter, inspired her to make a big move. But once in California, Tammy’s plans hit a snag. Tammy has three children: two daughters, 23 and 14, and a 3-year-old son. When Tammy and…

  • Fear And Abuse Are Replaced By Peace And Caring

    Nicole was living in Las Vegas with her two young daughters, Kenzie and Kayla, while working at a daycare as the lead teacher for the 18 month to 2-year-old class. She had broken up with her daughter’s father before she was born, ending what she would describe as a “toxic relationship.” In February of this…

  • Maria’s Family Forced to Leave Cramped Apartment, Can Finally Stretch Their Legs

    Maria grew up in a small town in Honduras. “My mother gave me up to my grandmother and my grandmother raised me.” Maria moved to the U.S. when she was 27 years old and has been living here for the past 13 years. She was getting by working as a dishwasher and preparing food at…

  • Life Is Better, Not Just At The Mission…But Beyond!

    In 2019, 67 families transitioned through our shelter. The change made in their lives lasts well beyond their time with us. Victoria had been abandoned by her husband and was left with two small children, no money, no home. She is now doing great, has kept in touch, and was the speaker at our volunteer…

  • Creating New Hope At Renewed Hope

    Homeless. Drug Dealer. Addict. Gang Leader. These are a few of the monikers that have been attached to our guests. Each man has come to us with a past. Each man has come to us at a critical turning point. Each man has come to us in need of a renewed hope. This is what…

  • Craving Stability, April Squashes Addiction And Moves Into The Mission

    April is honest about the challenges she faced growing up. “My mom was on welfare and we were in Section 8 housing,” she said. “My dad worked under the table, and my mom, I never really saw her have a job. There were drugs and alcohol within both of my parents. The situation was low…

  • Mirella Gets back on her Feet at ‘Safe’ and ‘Peaceful’ Mission

    Mirella grew up in the Valley, finished high school and started community college with hopes of studying architecture. But when her dad got sick, her world changed. “Everything went downhill,” she said. “I was working and going to school full time, but after my dad passed away, I needed to work full time to help…

  • Marshelle and her family begin to feel hopeful again

    Ten years ago, Marshelle and husband Doug were both working, raising their young daughter and two sons, and renting an apartment in the Valley. But when Marshelle, who has a degree in child development, started noticing her sons weren’t reaching some milestones, she became concerned. “They don’t use the ‘autistic’ label that young, but we…

  • Letter from the Director – October

    For 21 years, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission has focused on sheltering and supporting single parents and intact families experiencing homelessness, along with providing outreach programs. We have been so grateful to offer survival outreach services to chronically homeless men and women through our mobile shower unit and community partners, but we have always…

  • The Mission’s annual Thanksgiving banquet is Nov. 23

    Thanksgiving is a time of appreciation for what we have and those we love. We often take for granted the comforts and ease of driving ourselves to the grocery store, picking out a 15-pound turkey, and driving home to our well-equipped kitchen to cook a delicious meal to enjoy with our loved ones. For many…

  • Teresa is well acquainted with tragedy and grief, but perseveres at the mission

    Teresa was born in Mexico into a large family. Her mother struggled to raise her and her 9 siblings. Two of her siblings have since passed away. Tragedy struck Teresa at an early age. “At four years old I was raped. I can’t share who it was, but it was someone who was a part…