Meet Donna Rose, Case Manager at our Women and Children’s Center.
She first came to San Diego Rescue Mission as a therapist intern in May 2006. During her orientation period, a member of the executive staff made a statement she would never forget.
“He told us our lives will never be the same after this experience. He was right,” says Donna.
“Prior to coming to San Diego Rescue Mission, I thought I had a grasp as to what homeless people deal with every day and the reasons why they have become homeless. I did not have a clue.”
“During that year my perception about the homeless population changed. I learned about the issues homeless people face and I learned about myself and my perceptions. Most of all I learned that the Mission is not just about providing shelter and food, but it is a place that offers people a second chance at life,” she said.
In addition to meeting basic needs such as food and shelter, the Women and Children’s Center includes specialized classes, parenting and life skills training and skills-building geared toward helping residents avoid abusive relationships.
Therapy also plays a big part in helping to address the needs of the whole individual and provide the tools needed to overcome the challenges that led to homelessness in the first place. Treatment is provided by licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, or by interns and trainees under their supervision, working together to give our clients the best chance at living as a healthy, contributing member of our community.
Following Donna’s graduation in 2008, she worked with San Diego Hospice and volunteered at her church. During that time, she missed working at San Diego Rescue Mission. In December 2013 she welcomed the opportunity to return as a Case Manager at the Women and Children’s Center. Through her role as a Case Manager, she is able to counsel, teach, and guide her clients toward their individual goals which include a healthy lifestyle, obtaining employment, skills for better parenting, and a renewed hope for a better life ahead.
“There is an old saying that if you do what you love to do, you will never work a day in your life. I love what I do. The work is challenging, but purposeful. Most important of all God has blessed me to be able to work with some of the most caring, amazing, God-loving people,” says Donna.