As Jesus once told his disciples in the book of Matthew, “Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you,” the Victor Valley Rescue Mission has also made it their mission to assist and provide the homeless with the opportunity for spiritual growth and guidance in hopes to change their lives for the better.
“Everything we try to do to assist these people is a ministry,” said Volunteer Coordinator Jeremy George. “We look at this ministry as a whole not only providing people with what they want but with what they need; at the centerpiece of it all is hope and the gospel.”
The non-profit ministry was established in 2000 and became a part of the Rescue Mission Alliance in 2008 as they continue to provide men with physical recovery from addictions, job training, and job placement in the High Desert.
Victor Valley Rescue Mission not only assists men in need, but also the necessary steps for them to re-enter the workforce and become productive citizens again through the love and help of the community and many angelical churches in the area.
“It’s important that we communicate to the Victor Valley about why we do this. We do this to reach people in the name of Jesus and we do it for that reason so that our hearts allow the community to experience the true reason of why we are here and why we care,” said Director Bill Edwards.
Several of the ministries other Outreach Services include hot meals, clothing, blankets, hygiene kits, food pantry and a direct link between the hospital, clinic and other health related and community-based services.
This ministry also provides a transitional housing program which helps graduates find and maintain stable employment, save money toward their own permanent residence and continue the long road to recovery in a safe place where there is daily accountability.
“It’s a real blessing to do this. Some people may think the High Desert is disconnected when really there’s a lot of us who love to come together and help,” George said.
Before he was employed at the Rescue Mission, George said he went through some “dark times” in his life and was fortunate enough to find the Rescue Mission as they provided him with a place to live and a second chance.
“Not only did I stay connected with my growth and relationship with the Lord, but – having walked through tough times myself – I’ve been given the chance to pour hope and give that opportunity for someone else,” George said.
Aside from helping the needy, every year the Rescue Mission also gives back to the community through several events, including their annual Backpack Giveaway, Thanksgiving Turkey, and Christmas Toy Drive, as well as owning a thrift store in Hesperia.
“Being a positive influence for the community is a huge deal and for us to bring that encouragement and a safe atmosphere to others is what we strive to do best,” Edwards said.
For more information about the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, visit ww.vvrescuemission.org or call 760 955-5958