Since 1971, Long Beach Rescue Mission has provided hope and healing, serving the Greater Long Beach community by improving the quality of life of people who are hurting and homeless. We have been consistently faithful to that cause.

While the Mission has been dedicated to restoring lives of the homeless, our purpose has evolved based upon the growing and changing needs of our community. We are committed to deepening and strengthening our programs, communicating their unique work, continuing to build a dynamic team of employees and volunteers, broadening the Mission’s financial support and carefully planning for the future.

As Christmas is at hand, I would like to remind you that there is one gift that is always the right size. It never wears out and never goes out of style. And, it becomes more precious the more it is shared. That gift is God’s love, a gift that is offered every day at the Mission.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I want to thank you for your support and invite you to join us as we strive to ease homelessness in our community.

Have a very Merry Christmas and may 2015 bring you good health, joy and contentment.

Here’s what we do with your help.

Providing a meal is often the first step to meeting the immediate needs of men, women and children who are in a state of despair and hopelessness. We serve meals every day of the year and no one who is hungry is turned away. With the volunteer help, generosity and support of the Long Beach community, our kitchen serves upwards of 187,000 meals per year.

Food, shelter, clean clothing and a warm bed for seven days; no questions asked. Beyond easing acute physical distress, our emergency services are a pivotal starting point — giving homeless and hungry men, women and children a chance to rest, reflect and see the possibility of a better life.

Once their immediate needs have been met, our guests are encouraged to take advantage of our Case Management program. Offering up to 90 days of emotional, practical and spiritual support, it leverages partnerships with other local agencies to provide a framework for rebuilding lives.

Aimed at transforming the whole person, our New Life Program offers education and spiritual guidance to overcome a person’s deeper challenges and addictions. In this year-long residential discipleship program, men and women build a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ, becoming reconciled to God and themselves, and returning to become productive members of the community.

With hard work, prayer and hope, our New Life graduates are ready to rejoin mainstream society. But negligible skills, employment gaps and/or sketchy work experience can weigh them down. Our Bridge Program aims to alleviate that by offering weekly counseling, assistance securing employment, apprenticeships, continuing education and housing.

We could not do what we do without the help and generosity of our community. Monetary and In-kind donations help us provide these immensely impactful programs, while volunteers help us keep our operational cost to a minimum, therefore helping us make every dollar count more.

Your Safe Harbor Club membership is a true lifeline to people in need. Please join today. Your automatic monthly gift will guarantee that people in the greater Long Beach area are fed, sheltered and cared for by Long Beach Rescue Mission. By joining the Safe Harbor Club, You control how much you give and when you give. It’s convenient and efficient and it’s 100% tax deductible.

If you would like to sign up for the Safe Harbor Club, visit www.lbrm.org/ways-help.

Long Beach Rescue Mission offers a variety of rewarding opportunities for volunteers, from food service to music, the arts, mentoring, class instruction and more. Please visit www.lbrm.org/volunteer to get started.

Sign up to join Long Beach Rescue Mission’s e-mail list. We will send you electronic updates about what’s happening at the Mission at www.lbrm.org/stay-connected.

The Long Beach Rescue Mission stands dedicated to helping individuals overcome the homeless cycle. We achieve long-term goals and make a world of difference in today’s society. We hope you can come alongside us as we continue in our mission to change lives.

Robert Probst is the executive director of the Long Beach Rescue Mission.

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