PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | a word of thanks
Could anyone have imagined what 2020 would bring? On March 13, when the lockdown happened, we were anxious. We didn’t know how we would protect our 400 men, women and children, or how we would provide for our staff.
During one of the most dangerous and chaotic times, not only did God provide through your generosity, but He went above and beyond. Through your faithful giving, God has met every single one of our needs this year!
He is the God of “exceedingly and abundantly” and can do far more than all we ask or imagine.
Not only did we survive the pandemic with no COVID cases among people in our programs, but we expanded our services into North County.
Rejoice with us in the abundant blessings and accomplishments in this Impact Report. I pray you’ll be inspired and amazed by the fruit of your faithfulness in the lives of our students and our greater community. Together we are changing the state of homelessness in San Diego.
How Has Your Life Changed Mentally?
When I came in, I was a wreck mentally. I was emotionally unavailable for the first few months, because I didn’t want to feel anything. The Rescue Mission gave me so many tools, therapy, trauma care, grief share, and in-house classes that helped me overcome a lot of barriers.
I learned how to take care of my mental health. It’s going to stick with me for life, but it’s manageable now. So instead of running from my issues, God gave me the strength and I own it now. Now I’m able to recognize God’s voice.
“My testimony is not over. God’s still writing my story”
What Was It Like Living On The Streets for 10 Years?
When you’re on the street, you don’t really sleep. There were many times that I ran into problems. I got kicked in the head a couple of times while I was sleeping and I was stabbed once. I never got used to sleeping outdoors. I became pretty angry. I became a person that didn’t really like other people.
When you walk down the street, people cross to the other side just because you’re wearing a backpack or you don’t look like you fit into the neighborhood. People feel threatened by you, which in turn, made me feel the same way. I saw them as threatening. I just didn’t like the feeling. That’s not who I am.
“The things that God is doing in my life, it’s just overwhelming”
How Has Your Life Changed Emotionally?
When I get anxious and overwhelmed, I don’t do the things that I need to do to stay grounded. All the other programs that I’ve been to, I made some growth, but I never got to the place where I wanted to be.
Here at the Rescue Mission, I realized that I have to be present and let myself feel whatever it is. Therapy is something that I need because having space to work through my emotions is really important. Until now, I’ve never had a therapist that I felt safe enough with going to the places where I need to go.
“I’m praying for
the ability to let go of the hold that my past has on me, and being able to build myself whole”
Our Values of Faith, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence guide everything we do, including our financial stewardship. We are committed to ensuring that we maximize the use of every dollar received to benefit those in need.
|Gain on Sales of Properties||6,086,822|
† Closures due to the pandemic caused fewer material donations, which impacted both income and expenses. This resulted in increased administrative costs of running the Rescue Mission in FY2020.
* Fiscal year October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. These numbers are unaudited. We receive an annual independent financial audit at the end of every year. Tax ID 95-1874073
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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.