Meet Robin, Development Manager at San Diego Rescue Mission for more than seven years. Robin came from a competitive, fast-paced corporate environment in the financial services industry. When the pressure began to affect her health and marriage, she took some time to reevaluate her life priorities. That’s when she discovered San Diego Rescue Mission and a prayer was answered.
“I’d often thought I’d like to work at a non-profit –and came to realize a Christian non-profit was exactly where I wanted to be,” she said.
Robin’s role within the Development team has evolved over the years. She goes beyond managing the direct mail, outreach and marketing efforts and has made it a priority to connect donors with our clients’ stories.
“It’s important for donors to meet the people they are helping; to hear the stories about how their gifts are making a real impact and saving real lives,” she explains.
One of the most powerful donor client moments happened when Felecia, a current client, stepped into a meeting with a potential granter, and shared her personal story.
“Felicia was only eight years old the first time her mother kicked her out of her house. And when she was 10 years old, she came home from school to realize her family completely abandoned her. They moved and took everything – except her. The story, like so many others we help, was heart breaking,” Robin explained.
One of the best things about Robin’s job is that she gets to see the client donor connection come full circle.
“Many of the clients we are able to help end up working here at San Diego Rescue Mission. Felicia went on to become Resident Manager of the Women and Children’s Center, and is getting married to another staffer.”
Another former client is now helping Robin write donor “Thank You” letters and even call major donors to let them know first-hand, how their generous contribution helped save a life. And as our donors get to know the clients they help, Robin makes sure we get to know our donors as well.
“I enjoy getting to know the donors; their stories about why they give and seeing their hearts for our clients. One of our friends likes to create celebrations for NVH. She gets pretty elaborate with decorations, face-painting, goodie bags and such. I think it’s awesome how she provides the children and moms the opportunity to celebrate these holidays like everyone else does.”
The funds Robin and the Development Team bring to San Diego Rescue Mission are what keep the doors open and the lights on, staff paid and clients getting the help they need in order to live victoriously in Christ.
“There are so many good stories I could tell – from the gang member who came to the RCU with a broken hand and went on to become a Sunday School teacher to the single mom escaping domestic violence who’s now pursuing her Master’s Degree. There’s everything in between as well…the eloquent graduate who gave her testimony at graduation only to re-enter the program with her three sons two years later. There are great victories and great loss, but at the center of it all is a dedicated program staff that teaches and displays the love of Jesus. And it all comes down to that. We are all human beings, and while we all come into the world the same way, our lives and opportunities vary greatly thereafter.”