Stories of Hope

Our Recipe for Restoration Creates Lives Filled with Hope!

We operate 24/7 365 days of the year
We provide service to over 200 individuals each day
We provide 190,080 meals a year
We provide over 63,360 bed nights per year

See the Mission Solano Recipie for Restoration in action, changing lives of hundreds. These stories are but a few of the many who have found restoration and healing from a life of hopelessness and despair.

Johnee McKelvey was born in Berkeley to a Catholic family. His substance use started at the early age of ten years old, and continued throughout his whole life. Because he was able to start a family and buy a home, Johnee thought his addiction was under control.

His addiction led him to lose his wife, children, and house. Finding himself without a home, he began living in his truck. Once his truck was impounded, he was forced to live on the street. Wanting to get out of this cycle, Johnee inquired information about Mission Solano from his friends. Having not slept in a bed for over a year, he was eager to begin seeking a hand up.

Johnee’s stay at Mission Solano is the longest he’s been clean in his life. When others speak with him about the program, Johnee gives a five word question, “Are you willing to change?” He asks this knowing that if the answer is yes, this is the program for them.
Paulia started hanging out in the kitchen at a very young age. Having experienced homelessness for many years she finally landed at Mission Solano. She currently cooks 6 day a week at the Bridge to Life Center campus for over 100 people at each meal! Together with the menu planner, she takes what is available and transforms it into delicious meals; everyone loves her talents!

She believes that people who are having a hard time, or who are working hard should come home to a place where a shared hot meal allows camaraderie and the ability to talk with others about the trials and joys of their day. Paulia encourages new guests to enjoy this meal and to relax for a moment knowing that they are safe here at Mission Solano.

She says that people blossom over food. Her dream is to open a catering business with Mission Solano and would like the proceeds of her efforts to go directly back into this ministry.
Sabrena was living in an abandoned concession stand with her husband and their four boys for two years. One day her youngest son was complaining that he was hungry, really hungry and she did not have anything for him to eat.

She told her husband to gather up whatever he could and said they would be going to Mission Solano. But they had no vehicle. Miraculously a woman in a minivan drove up, and asked Sabrena if she was okay. Sabrena said no, she was not. The woman loaded all of her family into her van, and brought them to Mission Solano!

After working with the Rays of Hope Program, Sabrena was recently a recipient of the Giving Tree Award from the Soroptimist International of Vacaville. She and her husband also qualify for a grant which provides housing for one year. Sabrena works at Mission Solano currently as a shelter attendant and her husband works in the vocational landscaping training program which accepts donations for the work they do which goes back to Mission Solano. Sabrena is the happiest she has ever been.
Bridge to Life Center resident and head chef Linda left the darkness of drugs and homelessness and hopelessness behind, and has worked to become a beacon of hope and light. Listen as Linda shares about how food and shelter can bring life-change to those in need, and how she sees light restored in the hearts of many.

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