a word from our president
What’s your first thought when you see someone living on the streets? Do you assume they have a drug or alcohol problem, mental health issues or maybe they just don’t want to work? These were some of my thoughts before I became President/CEO of the San Diego Rescue Mission. I am certain that part of God’s plan for bringing me to the Rescue Mission was to change the way that I think about those experiencing homelessness.
Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30-31 to “love God and love our neighbors”. The next time you see someone experiencing homelessness let’s see them as our neighbor. I challenge you to say “hello”, share your name and tell them about the Rescue Mission.
We can change the state of homelessness in San Diego but we first have to change the way we think about those experiencing homelessness. Let’s work together to show our neighbors that we care. The information and stories in this Impact Report will show you how you are helping change lives. Thank you for your friendship and support.
FOR EVERY STUDENT
A local to San Diego, she grew up as the youngest of four children in her family. When her parents divorced in the second grade, her oldest brother became her primary caregiver. She was exposed to drugs & alcohol at a young age, and by the time she graduated high school, she was using drugs daily. It wasn’t until 10 years later that doctors discovered an underlying issue that had gone unaddressed: Jessica was battling Bipolar Disorder. After struggling for years to find stability and hope, she knew she needed a fresh start, and came to the Rescue Mission.
“I know my mental illness doesn’t define me now”
reaching her goals to…
WOMEN & CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Growing up in south San Diego, Marissa’s childhood was filled with violence and abuse. She turned to drugs and crime at young age to cope with the pain of childhood trauma. After a high-speed chase left her in prison and disconnected from her three children, Marissa turned her life over to God and became determined that she would become the mother and woman of God she was meant to be. She graduated from our Program in Fall 2019, is now reunited with her children and is also the recipient of the 2019 Barbara Lee Scholarship Award.
“God has saved me. My mind and heart have been renewed”
reaching her goals to…
This is Patrick. He grew up in the beach-culture of Coronado Island. He started working in restaurants in high school
where alcohol was always accessible. Patrick realized his dependence on alcohol when his daughter was born. After losing his job and living on and off the streets for years, his family pleaded with him to get help. Now a year later, Patrick has his parents and daughter back in his life. He is able to dream and plan for the future. He is quickly excelling at a new job, all while remaining sober for the first time in his life.
reaching his goals to…
WOMEN & CHILDREN SERVED IN OUR EMERGENCY SHELTER
NIGHTS OF SHELTER PROVIDED FOR OVER 400 MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN
MEALS SERVED WITH 2,374,365 POUNDS OF DONATED FOOD
OF RECENT GRADUATES HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS SINCE LEAVING THE PROGRAM
HOMELESS CARE PACKS DISTRIBUTED ON THE STREETS OF SAN DIEGO
We are committed to the highest level of financial integrity and are dedicated to ensuring that we maximize the use of every dollar to benefit those we care for.
*Fiscal year October 1, 2018 through September 31, 2019. These numbers are unaudited. We receive an annual independent financial audit at the end of every year. Tax ID 95-1874073
San Diego Rescue Mission is a non-profit homeless shelter and recovery center serving thousands of homeless, hungry, and poor men, women, and children in San Diego since 1955.