November 2015

Turn CYBER MONDAY into CYBER GIVING!

Nov
30
2015

Buy something for someone who is hungry or homeless!

On this 30th day of November we mark the last day of the month with Cyber Monday. We encourage you to think of those who are not able to provide for themselves or their families this holiday season. As you buy something online for you or a loved one, buy another for someone who may be experiencing hunger or homelessness and deliver it personally, together with your family or loved ones to the nearest shelter. You’ll be surprised at the wonderful feeling you receive from this simple act of giving. And what a life lesson to share with your family …

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Murfey Construction

Nov
29
2015

Murfey Construction was recommended to the board at Noah Homes by a long time and committed stake holder, so when the opportunity arose to get involved with a project as special and ambitious as this one, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Murfey Construction was a natural fit to provide both the pre-construction services, as well as, the ongoing construction management services. …

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Connect with Your Community!

Nov
28
2015

(Photo courtesy of Interfaith Community Services)

It is only by God’s grace that I have not experienced homelessness. I am also red-faced to admit that when I encounter a homeless person, some level of apprehension stirs in me. Both my daughters are adopted. They are full blood sisters and were two and three years old when they first filled our hearts. Shortly after adoption we became aware of a blood brother, but lost track of him as their birth mother moved out of the area and off the grid. …

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Salvation Army: BOGO – Buy One, Give One!

Nov
27
2015

When we think about the Salvation Army, we often times think about donation facilities and holiday bell ringers to help aid the homeless within our communities. For the community of San Diego County and many others throughout the country, the Salvation Army provides other services such as recovery programs, disaster services, food programs, shelter and transitional housing and spiritual guidance. …

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Serving Seniors: San Diego’s Hidden Hungry

Nov
26
2015

Do I pay rent or buy food? No senior should have to ask themselves these questions.

Many seniors live on just $850 per month and have to pay $700 to live in a single room downtown. By the end of the month, many seniors are eating just one meal a day.

In San Diego, 41 percent of the senior population falls far below the income level for self-sufficiency. This equates to 141,000 seniors in San Diego. Many of these seniors are grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. Other vulnerable populations include single women… …

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Nov
25
2015

Remember the NFL public service announcement campaign, “No More?” Find it here on YouTube, #NoMore. Domestic Violence is an equal opportunity menace. “Persons of any class, culture, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age, and sex can be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence” (http://www.domesticviolence.org/common-myths/). There are resources; there is help. …

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South Bay Community Services: Adopt a Family for the Holidays

Nov
24
2015

South Bay Community Services (SBCS) believes that every community needs a place where those in need can find hope and create the best life possible. That’s way, since 1971, SBCS has provided responsive services to create a pathway to self-sufficiency.

We don’t do it alone. Through donations of time, talents and treasures, SBCS is able to provide the most comprehensive services touching the lives of more than 50,000 each year. …

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Johnson & Jennings General Contracting: Improve the Bottom Line of Service

Nov
23
2015

When Johnson & Jennings was approached about building the Interfaith Veteran and Family Resource Center it quickly became apparent the facility in Escondido, focused on providing recuperative care to homeless veterans, would be a meaningful project for the company. However, owners Donna Vargo and Naomi Lohnes, say in the beginning of the process they had no idea how positively impactful it would be. …

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GenerateHope: Sex Trafficking in San Diego

Nov
22
2015

Trafficking in persons is the fastest growing international crime and one of the largest sources of income for organized crime, it is an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry, 1.2 million children are estimated to be trafficked each year and it is estimated that nearly 300,000 American youth are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation, yet our society is largely in the dark about this crime against humanity. …

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‘National Adoption Day’ – How Adoption Changes YOUR Life

Nov
21
2015

–How adoption changes your life even more so than the life of your adopted child

My wife and I met my son around Thanksgiving 2006 when he was 5 months old at Polinski Center. He was a chubby, smiley little boy and we were thrilled but wondering how different our lives would be with a child to care for. It was my wife’s and my first placement as newly certified foster parents. Fast forward 2½ years and we are sitting in front of a judge adopting our son… …

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Promises2Kids: A Step in the Right Direction

Nov
20
2015

“Promises2Kids provides the support and encouragement that a family would typically provide.”

This is exactly what their Guardian Scholars Program is doing as they tackle the issue of higher education for foster youth. Their innovative program boasts around an 85% success rate for the former foster youth who participate, as compared to a national rate of 3%. That’s right- only 3% of foster youth graduate from college; and even more astonishing, less than 50% graduate from high school. …

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Brookfield Residential: Startling Statistics on Homelessness

Nov
19
2015

I recently picked up the 2015 report on the State of Homelessness in America, I found it an incredible read. There were a number of statistics that jumped out at me: …

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North County Lifeline: Bridging the Gap for Transition Age Foster Youth

Nov
18
2015

Imagine being 18 years old and completely on your own.

That’s exactly what happens each year to 300 kids in San Diego County who turn 18 and exit the foster care system. These young people are expected to immediately make it on their own with almost no support. Not surprisingly, a significant number of transition age foster youth immediately face insurmountable obstacles: …

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The San Diego LGBT Center: Homeless LGBT Youth

Nov
17
2015

According to multiple reports, 40% of homeless youth (ages 12-24) identify as either lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (LGBT). The leading cause of homelessness among this group? Being disowned or rejected by family who do not approve of their sexual orientation or gender identity. …

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Regional Task Force on the Homeless: WeALLCount

Nov
16
2015

On January 23rd, 2015, 8,742 homeless persons were counted in San Diego County. This is a staggering number, and in order to address, alleviate, and prevent homelessness we must first gain a clear understanding of our homeless population and their circumstances. …

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Second Chance: Empower Change

Nov
15
2015

‘Sometimes life gives you a second chance, or even two. Not always, but sometimes. It’s what you do with those second chances that counts.’ –Dave Wilson

As humans we are bound to make mistakes; it is in our nature. It is from our mistakes and experiences that we learn about life, our own selves, the people around us, and good from bad. The beauty in making mistakes is the second chances we receive to learn from our faults and better ourselves for our future. …

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San Diego Housing Commission: Housing–The Ultimate Need

Nov
14
2015

In November 2014, the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) announced the Homelessness Action Plan, a five-point strategy aimed at helping an estimated 1,500 homeless San Diego residents over a period of three years using the Housing First model. The five points as listed on the SDHC website are:

1. Renovate the historical Hotel Churchill to create 72 affordable studios for homeless veterans and youth aging out of the foster care system …

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Noah Homes Residents Help HomeAid San Diego Assemble ‘Care-Kits’ for the Homeless

Nov
13
2015

With the goal of putting together 200 ‘Care-Kits’, Noah Homes’ residents enthusiastically created over 400 ‘Care-Kits’ to be delivered to Haven House in Escondido, CA, a shelter run by Interfaith Community Services. Haven House is the first permanent, year-round emergency shelter in North County, and will be opening it’s doors just in time for Christmas. …

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Noah Homes: ‘Join the Journey’

Nov
13
2015

“There’s something special about Noah.” Lately I’ve heard more people say these words than ever before, and for good reason.

In January, we publicly announced our plans to build two of the first memory care homes in the nation for people with developmental disabilities. Now, we have over 20 business partners and a passionate team of fundraisers who have collected $4 million in donations and in-kind services, and another $1 million available for matched funds. …

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HomeAid San Diego and C2 Imaging Serve Lunch to Veterans at Interfaith Community Services

Nov
13
2015

HomeAid San Diego teamed up with C2 Imaging to serve lunch to homeless veterans and veterans residing at Merle’s Place, an Interfaith Community Services transitional housing property in Escondido, California.

Veterans generously shared their personal stories and how Interfaith is helping them to access support services and regain self-sufficiency. …

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San Diego Youth Services: Homeless Youth Awareness

Nov
12
2015

With November being National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, I had the opportunity to reflect on the plight of many of our most vulnerable youth. San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) is committed to providing safety and support services for all those youth who find themselves on the streets and in vulnerable situations. SDYS operates over 30 programs through 15 locations to over 20,000 youth annually.

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Interfaith Community Services: Hurting Veterans

Nov
11
2015

No one should be homeless, especially the men and women who have voluntarily sacrificed of themselves through military service to our country. Sadly, San Diego County is home to one of the largest populations of homeless veterans in the country. Interfaith Community Services believes this is unacceptable, and has grown to become the largest provider of housing, employment, counseling, recovery, and self-empowerment services for struggling veterans in North San Diego County. Last year, we helped more than 1,000 veterans rebuild their lives and families. …

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Happy 240th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

Nov
10
2015

Photo courtesy of the US Marine Corps …

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Brookfield Residential Donation Drive for HomeAid San Diego!

Nov
10
2015

Please join Brookfield Residential in partnership with HomeAid San Diego in keeping San Diego’s homeless families and children warm this winter with a warm clothing and/or blanket donations. Receptacles are located in each Paseo Del Mar office building next to the elevators.

Financial donations are also appreciated and Brookfield has generously offered to match what we raise! ALL donations are tax deductible.

Items to donate for all age groups are listed below. Please note that all clothing items and blankets must be NEW. …

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Advocacy for the Homeless

Nov
10
2015

Ever wonder what it means to be an advocate for the homeless? As I am partner at a global law firm, Dentons U.S., my answer could focus on advocacy in the sense of a lawyer making a passionate closing argument or developing a clever solution to help her client. While that is certainly one, important meaning of the word, the term advocate encompasses so much more. …

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Alpha Project: Promotes “Housing First”

Nov
9
2015

This month, all of us at Alpha Project are excited by the grand opening of Alpha Square, our first new construction project, which includes 201 units of permanent housing for formerly homeless residents along with a community kitchen and dining room, two retail storefronts and numerous other amenities. The opening of Alpha Square is the culmination of years of planning and development. The project will include comprehensive support services for residents with multiple special needs, including seniors, veterans, men and women with mental illnesses, histories of domestic violence and other barriers to self-sufficiency. …

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Casa de Amparo: Fostering Transitions to Adulthood

Nov
8
2015

Casa de Amparo’s mission is to support those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth and healthy relationships. Partnering with the greater San Diego community, we assure that children, teens and families receive unique and innovative services for healing, for stopping child mistreatment of any kind and for ending generational cycles of abuse. The result is a community where child abuse and neglect are not tolerated and where child abuse awareness and prevention are priorities. …

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Father Joe’s Villages: A Behind the Scenes Look at What it Takes to Run a Shelter

Nov
7
2015

Father Joe’s Villages provides housing services for over 2,000 of our homeless neighbors each day and we also prepare and serve over 1 million meals a year. Over the last 65 years, we have grown to become a one-stop-shop for our neighbors to find their path to permanent housing and, for the purposes of this post, the focus will be on the dynamics of our Family Living Center. …

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Jacob’s & Cushman San Diego Food Bank: Hunger Matters

Nov
6
2015

11.3% of the world’s population is hungry- that’s roughly 805 million people who go undernourished on a daily basis. Hunger in San Diego is a problem that many of us do not see, yet it affects people all around us. Of San Diego County’s 3.1 million residents, 475,773 people live in poverty- that’s 15.2% of our population. And unfortunately 138,334 are children. These individuals face “food insecurity” which means that little to no food is available at home, and often they do not know how they will get their next meal. …

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San Diego Rescue Mission: Celebrating 60 Years of Serving the Homeless

Nov
5
2015

Herb Johnson, President and CEO of San Diego Rescue Mission, could not have said it better when stating that hunger and homelessness is, “the biggest tragedy in America’s Finest City.” Homelessness is an epidemic in San Diego. On any given night, an estimated 10,000- 15,000 people are without a home in our own county. The numbers are astounding, but the true faces of the homeless and hungry are much more familiar than you may think. …

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Tuner Construction Sponsors ‘Donut Day’ for Residents of Alpha Project’s Casa Raphael

Nov
5
2015

Today HomeAid San Diego celebrated ‘National Donut Day’ with Turner Construction and Alpha Project. The ‘Donut Divas’, lead by Lori Ann Stevens of Turner Construction and the HomeAid San Diego Board of Directors, showed up bright and early to serve residents of Casa Raphael in Vista, California with an assortment of donuts. …

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Feeding America: Healthy & Nutritious Foods Help Those Struggling Succeed

Nov
4
2015

At Feeding America San Diego, health and nutrition are central to our mission and programs. To reduce the risk of chronic illnesses associated with hunger, we focus on distributing healthy and fresh foods along with appropriate nutrition education. …

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Kitchens for Good: Nutrition in Hunger Relief

Nov
3
2015

I started working at my first food bank in 1989. At the time, most of the product we distributed was from the USDA or odd canned food that was donated through food drives. I was a volunteer. My job was packing food boxes: two cans of meat, two cans of fruit, canned yams, canned juice, box of cereal, bag of biscuit mix…I can still recall the ache in my fingers after a three hour shift. I loved the work and the idea that we could end hunger through food distribution, and I went on to work for the San Diego Food Bank and Feeding America San Diego. …

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