House of Rachel provides a safe, sober and supportive home for women 50 years of age and older who are in an economic and personal transition. The home provides an environment that promotes community living for women who are seeking training, employment and permanent housing. Builder Captain ColRich Communities fully renovated the five bedroom shelter, creating a warm and supportive home for older homeless women to work toward self-sufficiency.
Since 1936, the role of Catholic Charities has been to provide social welfare programs, to be a witness to the scriptural values of mercy and justice, and to advocate for the poor and vulnerable within the diocese.
Sandra, a client at House of Rachel stated, “When I came to the House of Rachel I was desperate, scared, confused and depressed. I was given a home – a real home, the most beautiful home I’ve ever lived in and I’m 54 years old. I had a bed, a kitchen right out of Better Homes and Gardens. I was given food and support that no one has ever given me. It’s always been me taking care of other people. I didn’t know that there was actually a place that would take care of me when I needed help. It is hard to say how much gratitude I have and how much better I feel about myself when I don’t have to say I’m homeless.”
Population Served:Women over the age of 50
Builder Captain:ColRich Communities
Service Provider:Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego
Total Project Value:$138,000
Groundbreaking: September 20, 2002
Dedication:December 12, 2002