OXNARD, CA—Ventura County Rescue Mission expects to welcome nearly 1,000 people at its annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet in Oxnard on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 12-1 p.m.
Regardless of their station in life, all who come to us will be offered a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving meal without cost. “Most who come to us feel abandoned” said John E. Saltee, director of the Ventura County Rescue Mission. “We try to communicate how deeply we care for each person through this special event.”
More than 200 volunteers will help with set up and tear down, decorating, setting tables, serving meals and cutting pies. There will be face painting and crafts for the children.
Among dignitaries expected to attend are Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn; Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett; Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub; President and CEO of United Way of Ventura County Eric Harrison; Ventura County Executive Officer Michael Powers; Chancellor at the Ventura County Community College District Dr. Greg Gillespie; Oxnard Assistant Fire Chief Alex Hamilton, CAPT Jeff Chism, Commanding Officer; NBVC; CAPT Kirk Lagerquist,
Chief Staff Officer, NBVC; CMDCM Martin Laurie, Command Master Chief, NBVC
The Lighthouse for Women & Children will also be joining the Thanksgiving celebration.
The Ventura County Rescue Mission is located at 234 E. 6th St. in Oxnard. Donations can be made at vcrescuemission.org/thanksgiving or sent to P.O. Box 5545, Oxnard, CA 93031-5545.
Ventura County Rescue Mission, an outreach ministry of the Rescue Mission Alliance, provides homeless men with opportunities for addiction recovery, transitional housing, and job training and placement. The Lighthouse does the same for women. Outreach services include hot meals, clothing, blankets, hygiene items, and a direct link between hospitals, clinics, and other health-related and community-based services.
Ventura County Rescue Mission