Another San Diego Summer is officially upon us, and I’m feeling so blessed for all the community support we’ve recently received.
May was a busy month. As most of you know, we officially opened our 4th thrift store in San Diego. San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister and former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders helped me cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening Celebration. We proudly received Proclamations from Susan Davis, Ron Roberts and Mayor Kevin Faulconer. And representatives from the offices of Juan Vargas and Toni Atkins also joined in the special day. This new thrift store not only helps fund our critical programs here at the Mission, but offers our clients work therapy positions, teaching them retail, book-keeping, and other skills they’ll use when they return as contributing members of society.
We celebrated Mother’s Day with the Mission Valley Sunset Rotary Club and everyone else who came out to support and participate in the 2nd annual Mother’s Day 5k. What a great turnout of active, healthy families spending their Sunday morning, before Church or brunch, at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay to help raise money for the homeless mothers and children here at San Diego Rescue Mission!
Overall, we had 248 participants this year – up from 166 last year! The 5K raised almost $7000 through caring participants and generous sponsors. I want to personally thank each of you for your support.
We also had a great turnout at our second annual Shepherd Society luncheon last week. I enjoyed meeting with so many generous San Diegans who thought to put San Diego Rescue Mission into their Will. This enduring support is a true blessing, and a lifeline for men, women and children who are hungry and homeless.
To help more people understand the impact they can make through Planned Giving, we launched a new web site http://sdrescuelegacy.org/ which shares donor stories, personalized planned giving calculators, and provides an easy way explore the many benefits of charitable gift planning.
Just last week over 50 people came to the Mission to help fix up the hallways and landscape the exterior of the building.
A big thank you to Gables Residential for coordinating Sherwin Williams, De La Torre Landscape Solutions, HD Supply, J&C Carpet and Michelle Harrison Design. Sherwin Williams supplied 30 gallons of designer washable paint, while Gables employees used supplies from HD Supply to paint the third, fourth and fifth floor hallways. Employees from De La Torre Landscape and Gables came together to add $5,000+ worth of new plants and mulch to the planters, while Michelle Harrison Design donated and hung framed canvas paintings on each of the three floors.
Nearly 400 people call the Mission home every night and we are most grateful for our partners’ efforts to make them feel as welcome and comfortable as possible.
But even with all this incredible community support, when San Diego summer starts, our donations drastically drop. In fact, 40% of our donations for the year come in between October and December. This means the pantry is pretty bare when summer comes. With fewer gifts coming in, it’s going to be a challenge to serve more than 132,313 meals and provide 34,584 nights of shelter in the next 90 days. That’s why we are promoting Christmas in June.
Today, I’m asking if you can make a special gift and share the spirit of Christmas with our neighbors in need. It only takes a few moments to give a gift that can make this a summer of Christmas-sized blessings for people who are hungry and alone, broken and homeless – and want hope for a better tomorrow!
Thank you for your continued, generous support this Summer. On behalf of the men, women and children here at the Mission, God Bless!