Lovingly encouraging our neighbors without homes through the power of friendship.

Our Hope is that all of our vulnerable neighbors experiencing homelessness can feel valued, loved, and seen just as God sees them, and through the power of relationship, experience the fullness of life they desire.

We partner with local churches to equip and empower volunteers…

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to walk alongside a vulnerable man or woman as a friend for an extended period of time…

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As they listen to understand, relationships are strengthened, trust is built, connections to resources are made…

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and the journey moves forward into a more fulfilling and rewarding life unique to each individual.

This is John

He is 21 years old and has been on and off the streets since the age of 10.  He never attended school and says, “I had a bad childhood”.   He has a very sweet spirit and says his gifts are “cleaning” and “being friendly”.  He would love to learn to read and would like to have a Walk With Me partner to help him meet his goals and to have a friend who is not on the streets.

This is Howie

Howie is a Vietnam vet and suffers from PTSD. He has some challenges that make it difficult for him to follow through with tasks such as doing paperwork, managing money and keeping a schedule. He would like a Walk with Me friend to just “walk along side me for encouragement to keep going”.

This is Christine and Sam

This couple that hopes to be married one day is living in temporary housing at the Alpha Project. Sam’s volunteer work at the NAMI clubhouse is providing good job experience and Christine is taking classes so she can get her GED. They are grateful for their Walk With Me friends who are helping them pursue their dreams even though the roadblocks often seem insurmountable.

This is Peggy

She has been on and off the streets for many years. She would like to overcome her struggles with alcohol and has some physical disabilities. She loves the Lord and knows He is the only one that can help her defeat her addiction, but she still has challenges. She is a kind and sweet woman who would like to have a Walk with Me friend for the positive influence this could have on her life.

This is Candy and Mary

Candy and Mary live together in a low-income, one-room apartment downtown. They may not be able to afford to live there anymore because their rent is going up. Mary and Candy would like Walk With Me friends to talk to when they feel down and to help them with budgeting and boundaries so they don’t lose their apartment.

This is John

He is 21 years old and has been on and off the streets since the age of 10.  He never attended school and says, “I had a bad childhood”.   He has a very sweet spirit and says his gifts are “cleaning” and “being friendly”.  He would love to learn to read and would like to have a Walk With Me partner to help him meet his goals and to have a friend who is not on the streets.

John

This is Howie

Howie is a Vietnam vet and suffers from PTSD. He has some challenges that make it difficult for him to follow through with tasks such as doing paperwork, managing money and keeping a schedule. He would like a Walk with Me friend to just “walk along side me for encouragement to keep going”.

Howie

This is Christine and Sam

This couple that hopes to be married one day is living in temporary housing at the Alpha Project. Sam’s volunteer work at the NAMI clubhouse is providing good job experience and Christine is taking classes so she can get her GED. They are grateful for their Walk With Me friends who are helping them pursue their dreams even though the roadblocks often seem insurmountable.

Christine and Sam

This is Peggy

She has been on and off the streets for many years. She would like to overcome her struggles with alcohol and has some physical disabilities. She loves the Lord and knows He is the only one that can help her defeat her addiction, but she still has challenges. She is a kind and sweet woman who would like to have a Walk with Me friend for the positive influence this could have on her life.

Peggy

This is Candy and Mary

Candy and Mary live together in a low-income, one-room apartment downtown. They may not be able to afford to live there anymore because their rent is going up. Mary and Candy would like Walk With Me friends to talk to when they feel down and to help them with budgeting and boundaries so they don’t lose their apartment.

Candy and Mary

Become a Walk With Me Friend (volunteer)

“We are pleased to fund and support the launch of this special and important initiative that meaningfully engages faith-based communities to be the missing link for guiding the homeless to resources they need.”
– Drew Moser, Executive Director, Lucky Duck Foundation

“Many of the youth we serve have no emotional or social support – no one they can trust. Having a Walk With Me friend who helps them realize their potential will be key to helping them flourish and meet their goals.”
– Melody Vazquez, Outreach Director, Youth Assistance Coalition

“We’re excited to be partnering with Walk With Me, as we believe “leaning in” vs. “walking past” is what will help get our vulnerable neighbors off the streets permanently. And, isn’t that what Christ would want us to do?”
– John Savidge, Director of Ladle Fellowship, First Presbyterian Church Downtown San Diego

Walk With Me Participants

Join us on the journey and be updated as our plans unfold!

Have questions? Contact us!

(619) 819-1898

Mary Benirschke
Founder
Walk With Me
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Crystal Carlson
Program Manager
Walk With Me
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Michelle Le Beau
VP of Church Partnerships
San Diego Rescue Mission
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