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Ventura Rescue Mission
The Ventura County Rescue Mission located at 234 E 6th St, Oxnard, CA 93030.

We are very excited for this opportunity to serve our community as a Parish. In order to provide this service, we will need volunteers and food donations. If you would like to contribute your time, meal preparation (cooking, napkin rolling, etc) will begin at 10 A.M. Food service will start around 11:45 and go to approximately 12:30, with a wrap up time at 1:00. During our lunch, we will be serving chicken, vegetables, and lemonade. In order to participate, you will need to complete a release form, if you haven’t already done so, which the mission will provide to you.

If you are unable to donate your time to the Rescue Mission, donations for food are gladly accepted as we will continue serving our community on the third Saturday of every month. For more information and to participate, please contact Nick Mirras at 818-913-1568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Hurricane Harvey

With all the tragic events happening in our world today: hurricanes earthquakes and shootings, it is comforting to know that our Orthodox Christian Church plays an active role in the recovery efforts. As a frontliner for the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) I can be deployed for any number of catastrophes to offer emotional and spiritual care (ESC). Following our deployment we are to submit a report to identify some of the work we encountered. The following is part of my incident report. The names have been changed to protect identities.

Some of the most touching visits I had with those that had lost everything were:

● Wheelchair bound woman, approximately 55 years old. Lives in 9 story building across the street. As soon as she realized that the Brown Convention Center was opened to those displaced she came over to lend a hand. Working off very little sleep. Was very emotional and shared many, many stories and encounters. The most telling was:

She took guardianship of a (total) stranger’s children (3 kids ages 7 and younger), while this stranger went into labor to deliver her fourth child.

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