December 2, 2023
The homeless in downtown San Diego transfer alongside streets with their belongings. Picture by Chris Stone

With the homelessness disaster better than ever throughout San Diego County, in accordance with the San Diego Regional Taskforce on Homelessness, our group requires confirmed options that deal with the speedy want for care and create lasting change.

For almost 70 years, The San Diego Rescue Mission (“Rescue Mission”) has demonstrated its holistic strategy to serving to folks experiencing homelessness is efficient in getting them off the streets completely.

On July 1 the Rescue Mission launched the general public part of its “Each Coronary heart” $5 million capital marketing campaign to double the variety of shelter beds and improve its residential facility for folks experiencing homelessness all through the county. 

“We’ve been getting ready this growth for 3 years and are excited to launch this primary part of our capital marketing campaign. Reaching our $5 million first part aim by the tip of the yr will allow us to open three new shelters, assist 3,000 folks transition instantly off the streets, and rehabilitate almost 700 folks in order that they get off the streets completely — yearly— all through San Diego County,” mentioned Donnie Dee, president, and CEO of the San Diego Rescue Mission.

“As a personal, faith-based, nonprofit group, we don’t settle for authorities funding and depend on the generosity of particular person donors, companies, and organizations. Contributions to ‘Each Coronary heart’ will allow us to construct extra Navigation Facilities, present important wrap-around companies, and get extra folks off the streets instantly, and right into a protected place.”

The Rescue Mission’s “Each Coronary heart” marketing campaign will allow the constructing, renovating, and operation of three Navigation Facilities in Oceanside, Nationwide Metropolis, and East County. Every Navigation Heart will present 30-day stays for folks experiencing homelessness and supply them shelter, nutritious meals, and individualized case administration to take their subsequent crucial step out of homelessness. As well as, the funds will likely be used towards renovating the Rescue Mission’s downtown facility, which homes a 250-bed residential rehabilitation program and a 60-bed Navigation Heart for ladies and kids to raised replicate a trauma-informed setting for therapeutic.

Particularly, the $5 million raised will assist fund:

  • Working prices for Oceanside’s soon-to-be-open 30-day Navigation Heart, which may have 50 shelter beds, a cafeteria, a coaching middle, a day middle, and different group areas for folks experiencing homelessness. This facility is owned by the Metropolis of Oceanside, whereas the Rescue Mission will fund its operations beneath a 3-year contract.
  • Renovation and working prices at Nationwide Metropolis’s new Navigation Heart — the primary everlasting transitional shelter in South County with 160 shelter beds, kitchen services, and different lodging.
  • Property buy and working prices for a future East County Navigation Heart with an estimated 50 shelter beds.
  • Renovation, refurbishment, and modernization of the Rescue Mission’s downtown San Diego facility, together with 79 sleeping rooms and 10 group areas, to create a first-class program setting to assist folks finish their homelessness completely.

The Public Section of the Rescue Mission’s “Each Coronary heart” marketing campaign is a part of the bigger capital marketing campaign with a aim of elevating a complete of $25 million. Folks eager about donating are inspired to go to to study extra about how they may help extra folks experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives, making a safer group for everybody.