The incredible generosity of our San Diego partners during our 60th year of saving lives helped pave the way for some exciting changes in the years ahead. You may have heard me say that San Diego Rescue Mission is much more than “3 hots and a cot”. And now, we are in a position to provide even more services to those experiencing homelessness, unemployment and poverty here in San Diego.
We are currently in the process of moving our entire executive staff to a new building across the street. The move will allow us to gain 7300+ square feet of space which will include classrooms and educational programs. This additional space will make room for more programs in GED training, PC 100 and parenting classes, outpatient therapy, and a new computer lab to help students get training they need to find jobs in today’s market. We’ll also offer tutoring courses for junior colleges and work with local educators on providing additional courses as necessary. This additional space will also allow us to expand our educational services beyond current clients, and to the San Diego public in need.
I believe education is a valuable item in our client’s inventory to make positive lifestyle changes. That’s why we are making education such a huge component of our long term vision for helping those in need.
Through my 10 years working at San Diego Rescue Mission, I’ve discovered that about 90% of the people who come to us for help are products of some sort of childhood trauma. When you don’t have a stable childhood, it’s easy to get forced out of the system, and then the path to a high school diploma gets more and more difficult. My 2020 vision is to provide more opportunities for more San Diegans into get back in the system. Get them easier access to tools that can provide a better life, and a pathway in a better job. I want these educational programs to lift people up spiritually and emotionally. Its longer term nurturing combined with spiritual guidance that will give people the confidence to make positive changes in their lives.
Another big change: I’m back on the National Board of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) for a three year term. This provides San Diego with an opportunity to have our voice heard within an organization that makes critical decisions regarding homelessness on a nationwide level. In fact, we just attended a meeting in Washington DC to discuss increasing tax benefits for large donors and other critical policies that will benefit Rescue Missions and the work we do.
Thank you again to all who supported the San Diego Rescue Mission during our 60th year of saving lives. Your donations have paved the way to make our visions for the future of our life saving programs.