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Staff Spotlight: Kimberly Harris

Meet Kimberly Harris, Community Life Ambassador at the Nueva Vida Haven Emergency Overnight Shelter for Women and Children (NVH).Kim has been with the Mission for over 15 years and in her current role since 2011. A native of Texas, she grew up “in a dysfunctional and abusive family.” Her home life became unbearable, she says, […]

The Blessings of Human Connection

As we prepare for another holiday season and the busyness that comes with it, I’d like you to take a moment and think about the importance of human connection or in some cases re-connection. As humans, our need for social connection is as strong as the need for food, water and warmth. And when we […]

Staff Spotlight: Priscilla Tapia

Meet Priscilla Tapia, a lead teacher at San Diego Rescue Mission’s Haven of Hope, a licensed Preschool for 2-5-year-olds experiencing homelessness. Her work here began in March 2016, when a dear friend and former Rescue Mission staff member recommended her for a job opening. Priscilla discovered her passion for working with children while studying Child […]

Staff Spotlight: Tonya Davis

Meet Tonya Davis, Associate Director of the Men’s Center. Tonya recently advanced to this position after serving as Admin. Assistant the Men’s Center and previously Residential Advisor of the Rescue Mission’s Transitional Housing Program. Tonya’s commitment to the Rescue Mission’s goals, and contributions to its clients’ lives, are no surprise. “When able to, I have […]

One Year Later… 3 Things I Know for Sure

Since I took on the role of President and CEO of the San Diego Rescue Mission there have been a lot of changes, including my own perception of what homelessness looks like.  I used to think a homeless person was defined as someone walking the streets alone, looking a little crazy with one shoe on […]

Staff Spotlight: Ashley Frez

Meet Ashley Frez, Director of Transitional Housing at San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM).  Ashley began working at SDRM three years ago in the Women and Children’s Center (WCC) as On-Call Residential Advisor (RA) and shortly thereafter as Interim Case Manager. Ashley, a native of Michigan, identifies as a humanitarian. A pivotal moment in setting her […]

Staff Spotlight: James Pope

Meet James Pope, Vice President of Evangelism & Discipleship at San Diego Rescue Mission. Originally hired as a part-time residential manager over a decade ago, he then rose to director of the Men’s Center. Doing God’s work of helping homeless and addicted men complete the 12-Month Residential Recovery Program was one of his driving passions while […]

Staff Spotlight: Alan Kennedy

Meet Alan Kennedy, Director of Food Services at San Diego Rescue Mission for the past three years. “I’m the poster child for this job,” Alan says. “I love people. I love food.” Alan was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. A chef from the start, he attended the American Culinary Institute, where he […]

Staff Spotlight: Ashley Brown

Meet Ashley Brown, Director of Nueva Vida Haven Emergency Shelter for Women and Children (NVH). Ashley joined San Diego Rescue Mission’s team in Transitional Housing as an On-Call RA in 2014. While obtaining her Masters in Social Work with a Certificate in Human Service Management, she was promoted from RA to Program Manager and then […]