The Orange County Rescue Mission

The Empire chapter of SIC Psycles Familia pose with families from Village of Hope in Tustin on Sunday, October 09, 2016.
(Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Orange County Rescue Mission developed in response to a serious need in the OC community. Sergeant Lewis Whitehead, a resident of Orange County in the 1960s, had his life changed in 1963. Passing by a bridge, he overhead a confrontation underneath the bridge. What he found there shocked him to his core. It was like the dark underside of the affluent and easygoing OC life above the bridge– children, women, and men: sick, without food and shelter.

The following day, observing all of the food going to waste in the mess hall, he decided to act. From that point on he returned daily to hand out the food which would have been wasted. This daily act of good developed over the years into the OC Rescue Mission, officially established by Whitehead along with his wife, and evolving and growing through the support of the community and members of the Whitehead’s congregation.

The OC Rescue Mission addresses houselessness and a variety of other plights to the impoverished within the OC community. Their “Village of Hope”, a temporary housing facility, centers on the philosophy of giving a “hand up” instead of a “hand out”. They provide guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities. A Christian faith-based organization, they are the largest and most successful of their kind in California.

People come from a broad range of circumstance and backgrounds to the OC Rescue mission– seeking refuge from domestic violence, fighting addiction, or attempting to find a way to get out of a financial downward cycle. The OC Rescue mission provides the tools through which they can find financial, relational, and emotional stability.

Want to help the OC Rescue Mission in their endeavors? Here’s what you can do:

  1. Money: Donate in cash, check, or stock online.
  2. Time: Volunteer Saturdays between 9am and 12pm.
  3. Stuff: Give meals, supplies, household items, and more.

Thanks OC Rescue Mission for your contributions to the betterment of the Orange County community! Questions about insurance? Call BMR Insurance today at 714-838-1911.


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