The Importance of Taking Pause… A Time of Reflection + Awakening, as we move forward into our 60th Year of Saving Lives.

Pastor Loggins

Last month, we closed down our thrift stores, stopped our trucks, and paused programs at the Mission for 3 uninterrupted hours, so that all staff could be immersed in a deep water tank of spiritually driven energy with the help of Pastor Loggins.

It is a challenge to find enough time to get things done. And often, when we hurry through our days, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day tasks and forget to look at the big picture. The big picture of why we are here, and doing what we do.

This has been a year of significant growth and staff changes here at the Mission. We’ve added new faces, welcomed some familiar ones back and we’ve elevated some long time staff to new positions. As we enter this 60th year of saving lives, I feel that our staff is stronger than ever. And to help power this engine of passionate individuals, we took an uninterrupted moment in time with Pastor Loggins and author/Servant Leader, Ken Blanchard to reflect on why we do what we do here at the Mission – and what this important work means for our community.

The purpose of this “Spiritual Awakening” exercise was to help the entire staff at the San Diego Rescue Mission relax, take a deep breath,  and to move forward operating  not only out of their own intellect and emotions, but from deep within their hearts and the words of the gospel.

These uninterrupted hours were such a magical time for staff. I believe this experience will help power our engine well into our 60th year and beyond. I encourage other Rescue Missions to bring this type of spiritual awakening to their staff!

As we move into this 60th year of service with renewed energy, we will not only continue our expansion of programs, but also take time to recognize and empower this passionate staff. In fact, we recently launched a new Staff Spotlight blog to share their stories with the community. I recommend you take a moment to read our first post about James Pope, Director of our Men’s Center.

Card Room

The Card Room where we served our first meal to San Diego’s homeless 60 years ago – and inspiration of this year’s Casino Royal themed 60th Anniversary Celebration happening August 8, 2015

We also have many great events planned this year to help celebrate you, the San Diego community, who has helped support our critical life changing programs over the years. We hope you’ll mark your calendars and plan to join us for these fun events. The first is happening August 8, 2015 at the San Diego Yacht Club. It will be a Casino Royal theme – in memory of the card room where we served our first meal to San Diego’s homeless 60 years ago. We are also in the process of planning the final details of our 60th Anniversary Jubilee, scheduled for November 7th.  We’ll be posting more details about both of these upcoming events to our Facebook Page as they become available.

As we move into this 60th year, we are feeling inspired, empowered and energetic. And we hope you take a moment out of your busy day to reflect, center and listen to your heart – and encourage others in our community to do the same. Because after all, there truly is no Rescue without YOU!

God Bless,





Herb Johnson