Graduation - February 2015

Anthony Christin


"Before entering the Visalia Rescue Mission 8 months ago, my life consisted of drugs, jail, anger and chaos.  My life had no direction, I simply existed with no purpose.  I felt like a failure and had pushed everyone who loved me away."


"Quickly after entering VRM I found purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  After letting Christ into my life, everything around me seemed to fall into place.  The resources and help I received from the VRM were life changing.  My life now has purpose and direction and I am surrounded by faith, hope and love."

UPDATE (April 29, 2015)

It's had been 3 months almost to the day that I have left the mission.  The daily struggle is real but I have continued my faith at home and have shared the daily routine of prayer and church with my family. With God in my life it is so much easier.  After looking and looking for work I finally decided to enter school.  I am currently in a program to be certified in Welding Fabrication.  It is a challenge but I know it will make me a better provider, and father for my family.  I am enjoying life and sometimes can't believe how fun and beautiful it is.  I love my family and my life and I am doing well.

Kevin Azevedo


 "I was a bad son and father. I was addicted to the bad lifestyle and heroin. We all know where that gets us."


"On 6/12/14, I gave myself to God and He changed my life. He taught me how to love myself and people. He taught me how to be a good father. My family trusts me now and love me. I love what God did for me and I'm so greatful for the people at VRM that help me to change my life."

Adalberto "Tito" Barajas


"I've been a drug addict for the last 20 years and I was homeless. My addiction kept me bound. I began to think about God and I called out to Him. Not long after that I got arrested."


"A year later, here I am and I'm clean and sober now.  The Lord has put a new hope and inspiration in my life. I just want to continue to live passionately for Christ."



Ryan Stillwater

Ryan is a longtime Visalian — a graduate of Redwood High School and Fresno Pacific University with a bachelors degree in Christian Ministries. Intrigued by the partnership between the Visalia Rescue Mission and the City of Visalia, Ryan began putting his vision on paper as VRM's Oval Venue Coordinator in August 2013, and has sparked the interest of many throughout the community. Ryan and his wife Amy (a Mt. Whitney High School graduate) have been married for seven years and have three amazing kids — ages 6, 4, and 4.