Rescue mission

Ventura County Rescue Mission hits the road with Thanksgiving meals

The Ventura County Rescue Mission began its Thanksgiving meal distribution last week with plans to distribute 2,000 meals to the area by Wednesday.

The non-profit rescue mission delivered meals to Buen Pastor Church in Santa Paula on Friday, and dozens of people stopped by the church to get their turkey and side dishes prepared.

In total, the rescue mission will bring food to more than 10 locations across the region, including its own Oxnard headquarters, one-stop shops, churches, motels, and sister missions.

For decades, the rescue mission has hosted big Thanksgiving meals for everyone, but last year rallies were disrupted due to the pandemic. Instead, the organization’s leaders and volunteers brought people meals.

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“What grew out of frustration has turned into a wonderful opportunity to partner with other agencies, churches and the County One-Stop Program to provide a delicious Thanksgiving meal to many more people. in locations across the county, ”recently appointed director Michael Darden said. , who served at the mission for 14 years as chaplain, program manager and, most recently, deputy director.

“Serving those who are hungry in our community gives us the opportunity to build relationships and trust. This meal could be the first step in tackling the root causes of their homelessness, getting off the streets and transforming their lives. “

The rescue mission has many volunteers for this year’s Thanksgiving meal distributions, but has opportunities at the mission or its shelter, Lighthouse for Women and Children, Monday through Friday.

Visit vcrescuemission.org/volunteer complete a volunteer application.