An Easter Meal, a Preschool for Homeless Children, and a Brand New Thrift Shop- Just a few of the ways we’re reviving hope to San Diego’s homeless this Spring!
As we move out of last week’s dark, rainy San Diego weather, and sun begins to shine brightly down upon us again, it’s a welcomed reminder that Spring is almost here. The beginning of Spring doesn’t just mark a time for us to begin preparing for one of our biggest holiday meals, Easter, but a time of renewal, possibilities, hope and new beginnings for many of San Diego’s homeless, lost and hungry.
One reason I’m in this job is because of my mother. She believed in opening the doors of our home to people in need and giving them whatever help she could.
I wish she could have met some of the people who come to our door each day. For many of them, life has been so hard, that it’s often very difficult for them to believe that there is another way – or that complete strangers want to help them open the door to a better life, new possibilities, a new beginning.
Jesus opened that door when He died on the cross and was resurrected. Just as He came to life again, so do the men and women whose hearts and lives are changed here at the Mission.
A New Preschool for Homeless Children
This Spring, we’re going another step beyond our annual Easter Meal and recovery programs to help change lives. I’m excited to announce that we are in the final planning phase of opening the doors to a new preschool for homeless children. This marks a new beginning for San Diego’s youngest homeless population. This new project would not have been possible without your generous support, and with a grant from Alliance Healthcare Foundation.
A New Thrift Shop
We also just signed a lease to open a brand new Thrift Store on Sports Arena Blvd. This will be our 4th San Diego Thrift Shop and will not only help to fund our critical, life changing programs, but our stores provide our clients with work therapy positions, teaching them retail, book-keeping, and other skills they’ll use when they return as contributing members of society.
I hope you’ll join us for the Grand Opening on May 2, 2014 and help us celebrate another avenue for helping homeless create a new beginning.
And finally, I’d like to encourage you all to join us this Mother’s Day for the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day 5K on Sunday May 11, 2014. This special event, organized by the Mission Valley Sunset Rotary, is a healthy and fun way to celebrate Mom, while helping to support important programs here at the Mission.
Thank you for being part of these joyous transformations!