Thanksgiving Meal – November 17, 2018

thanksgivingJoin us on November 17, 2018 for our special Thanksgiving holiday meal.

This is one of three times in the year when San Diego Rescue Mission opens its doors to the homeless community to celebrate the holidays. Gather to enjoy home-cooked meals, entertainment, and to celebrate in the festivities!

Thanksgiving Dinner
2pm-5pm
120 Elm Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Pet Care provided by San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Giving Tuesday

Your #GivingTuesday gift is an opportunity to share the blessings of food, safe shelter and much more with men, women and children in our care here at San Diego Rescue Mission.

A hot meal for just $2.05 will feed hungry and homeless people from our community. A night of shelter is only $38.22.

Give all this and more by giving your #GivingTuesday gift now!

Give back on this special day! Make your #GivingTuesday gift and bless others right here in San Diego County… today, tomorrow and into 2019.

 

 

 

Give thanks. Give back.

38,600 meals by Thanksgiving. That’s our goal – and our community’s challenge! – this month.

As you give thanks this holiday, will you also give back? Share a gift today to help feed even more hungry people in San Diego this season!

Each $2.05 meal you provide is SO MUCH MORE than a plate of food. It’s an opportunity for people to transform their lives. To end their hunger. To put homelessness behind them.

Please help meet this huge holiday goal! Fill plates with food and lives with hope by sharing a special Thanksgiving gift today.

 

 

 

Staff Spotlight: Priscilla Tapia

Priscilla Tapia, lead teacher at San Diego Rescue Mission’s Children’s Center.

“I realized there were so many ways I could make an impact in my community. Most importantly, I could apply my skills, experience and knowledge to be a light of support and a tool to help families understand, accept and overcome obstacles and hardships.” — Priscilla Tapia, lead teacher at San Diego Rescue Mission’s Children’s Center.

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 and Family Development at San Diego State University. “I had an opportunity to work in different classroom settings and programs with a wide range of ages and populations. I knew I wanted to work with children in some capacity.”

Prior to the Rescue Mission, she held an internship at a Recovery Center that provided resources, support and services to children and families experiencing domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness and drug + alcohol abuse. That was the first time she saw behavioral challenges in a therapeutic setting and realized the effects of environmental stimuli on children’s development. It was an “aha” moment in her career.

“I realized there were so many ways I could make an impact in my community. Most importantly, I could apply my skills, experience and knowledge to be a light of support and a tool to help families understand, accept and overcome obstacles and hardships. This experience led me to apply, and see where God could lead me, here at the Mission.”

Her preschool classroom is a play-based and child-centered environment where the focus is on providing a safe and nurturing space for children to play, explore, learn, and connect with each other and themselves. Their social-emotional development is a top priority because many have experienced trauma. Among the ways that staff support students are mentoring, role playing, mediation, guiding words and behavior, problem solving, as well as encouraging healthy and safe emotional expression. In many cases, the preschool is the first-time children enjoy the space to rest and sleep in a peaceful environment and have the nutrition their bodies require.

“Our entire center and mission is based on our faith, admiration and love for Jesus. Seeing children praise God through songs as they sing how much Jesus loves them gives them empowerment and a sense of belonging, peace and purpose. He is the centerpiece.”

As someone who’s service-oriented and generous of spirit, Priscilla loves much about her work. Among the highlights, she reflects that the most fulfilling experience is when she can see a child smile, how far they’ve come with others and witness their overall growth.

San Diego Rescue Mission Preschool

In many cases, the preschool is the first-time children enjoy the space to rest and sleep in a peaceful environment and have the nutrition their bodies require.

“Just giving the children a safe space, and the notion that they can make decisions and discover the world with what they have to offer during this beautiful stage in their life, is an impact we’re all making every day.”

Priscilla says she is also thankful for the opportunity to grow in her faith and apply it in ways she hadn’t before—or could even imagine. “I work with the most supportive, goal-oriented, intelligent, wise, loving and professional staff and it makes coming here every day even more fun and fulfilling. I feel ready for what the day may bring. I’m being challenged daily but I’m also gaining skills and adapting to situations and responding to them.”

“These children are our future and it’s during this time that we can make the most impact while providing positive experiences, facilitating learning opportunities, forming strong and genuine relationships with them and aiding them in their attainment of significant life skills. We’re constantly posting the children’s artwork in the hallways for staff, parents and the many tours during the week—so please visit and see what the preschool’s been working on! I only hope that I’m giving as much as I’m gaining from working here at the SDRM Children’s Center. I’m proud of where I work and who I work with every day.”

 

“Best Turkey Ever” Recipe

$2.05 feeds one hungry person. Imagine all the good you can do.

No one should be left out of the Thanksgiving celebration. Your compassionate gift today will welcome hungry and homeless San Diego neighbors to our tables for a complete turkey dinner, just like mom used to make.

As a special thanks for your support, I hope you’ll enjoy a turkey prepared from our “Best Turkey Ever” recipe. Your family is sure to love it as much as our Rescue Mission family does.

Please give generously to help as many people as possible – and to bless them with a Thanksgiving celebration they won’t soon forget.

 

 

 

Let’s Work Together to Teach the Next Generation about Community Issues

Sleepless San DiegoAlthough San Diego Rescue Mission has been hosting Sleepless San Diego for years, this will be my first experience. I am excited to see this year’s turn-out, as the concept of an event like this really resonates with me. It’s a reminder to teach our youth about community issues and show how they can make an impact in a cause they care about.

During this year’s Sleepless, we’re not only teaching about our cause, but encouraging action through service. In fact, in addition to setting up personal fundraising pages,  hundreds of kids have already signed up for one of our nine service sites around San Diego to clean, paint and fix up our community.

At the end of the service day, participants are invited to sleep out at Liberty Station for an evening of inspirational performances including our headlining speaker Tonier “Neen” Cain. Tonier spent 20 years living on the streets, homeless. Her life was filled with brutality, incarceration, hunger and substance abuse until she learned how to turn her life around. I first met Tonier at our national AGRM conference and I look forward to seeing her again as she shares her inspiring journey of hope with everyone attending this year’s Sleepless San Diego.

Sleepless San DiegoMany of our current clients will also be attending this year’s Sleepless serving as volunteers and helping to set up and break down the event. This is a great opportunity for our clients to see first-hand that there is a community who truly cares about them and is willing to help those who are ready to make positive life changes.

Our staff, volunteers, clients, performers and participants are all working hard to make sure this year’s Sleepless is a huge success. And I am equally grateful for our generous corporate sponsors for helping cover all of our operational costs associated with throwing an event of this size.

If you can’t attend this year’s Sleepless San Diego, I encourage you to support one of the individuals or youth groups who have created fundraising pages for the event at https://www.classy.org/event/sleepless-san-diego-2018/e181526

Together, we can encourage our community’s youth to have a passion, find a cause, take action and to make the world a better place.

 

God Bless,

Donnie Dee

Donnie Dee

 

Share Your Blessings

77,200 meals. In just 60 days.

We can’t do it without you!

Help address this huge Thanksgiving need! Your gift now will provide critical meals and care for our community’s hungry and homeless this holiday season.

Help now. Share a gift. Share your blessings with hungry people in San Diego County.

As a “THANK YOU!” for your help, we’d like to share our Blessings Booklet with you. Just download the free booklet above.

Thank you for your help!

 

 

 

The Ultimate Street Food Sandwich

Everyone deserves to be part of the Thanksgiving celebration.

Through your generous gift today, hungry and homeless people in San Diego County can enjoy a real Thanksgiving dinner. Delicious turkey… mashed potatoes and gravy… pumpkin pie… all the trimmings!

We expect to serve 115,800 meals at the Rescue Mission this Thanksgiving season!

At just $2.05 per meal, you have the power to touch many lives. And not just with food, but with opportunities to experience a brand new life filled with the hope of God’s love. Please be as generous as possible… and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

The Ultimate Street Food Sandwich

Everyone deserves to be part of the Thanksgiving celebration.

Through your generous gift today, hungry and homeless people in San Diego County can enjoy a real Thanksgiving dinner. Delicious turkey… mashed potatoes and gravy… pumpkin pie… all the trimmings!

We expect to serve 115,800 meals at the Rescue Mission this Thanksgiving season!

At just $2.05 per meal, you have the power to touch many lives. And not just with food, but with opportunities to experience a brand new life filled with the hope of God’s love. Please be as generous as possible… and Happy Thanksgiving!