Hope For San Diego Stories

Make Your Actions Count!
Make Your Actions Count!
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Couples like Jonathan and Carol serve weekly with Hope for San Diego tutoring refugee kids in City Heights. Their…

Pardon the Interruption
Pardon the Interruption
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By Shayna H. Life is full of interruptions by people we’re not expecting. One day my brother Matthew returned...

What would you do with $50,000?
What would you do with $50,000?
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Hope for San Diego had the exciting opportunity to answer that question this year, awarding more than $50,000 to...

A different kind of highway
A different kind of highway
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You’re probably not surprised to hear the I-5 North in San Diego is the second busiest highway in the...

The White Helmets of San Diego
The White Helmets of San Diego
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When bombs rain down in Aleppo Syria, the White Helmets run. Not away from the mess, but into it....

Remembering the Somber Side of Christmas
Remembering the Somber Side of Christmas
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Twinkling lights. Crisply wrapped presents. Wide-eyed children. Images that capture our attention at Christmas time. Yet, the first Christmas...

Finding Strength
Finding Strength
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Just 12 years ago, Stella was living in war-torn Uganda, where the streets were filled with blood, civilians were...

Solving Family Homelessness
Solving Family Homelessness
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The “Walters” family came to Solutions for Change after their teenage daughter convinced her parents to get help before...

Serving Opens Our Eyes
Serving Opens Our Eyes
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“I was hesitant to sign up as a volunteer as I had been telling myself I was so busy...

Can One Day Make a Difference?
Can One Day Make a Difference?
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Kacie Forrest, co-founder of New Life Maternity which supports and empowers refugee women through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, explains...

Got Hands? Offer Hope.
Got Hands? Offer Hope.
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Sometimes it’s easy to think that if we can’t do a great thing, it’s better to do nothing. When...

A Family Portrait
A Family Portrait
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Jordan’s visions of adoption started out as what he calls “naïve aspirations” of raising a black kid from Africa....

Tutoring with Laughter
Tutoring with Laughter
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“My student was sent to the U.S. by his parents to join an older cousin and brother who immigrated...

Hiding from the Homeless
Hiding from the Homeless
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Hope for San Diego Executive Director, Susie Fikse, shares a volunteer experience that illuminated her perspective on homelessness. Do...

Breaking the “Churn” of Homelessness
Breaking the “Churn” of Homelessness
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While many “housing first” programs provide shelter and then try to figure out the underlying problems that contribute to...

Redeeming Foster Care
Redeeming Foster Care
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What Can We Do About the Broken Foster Care System? Did you know that about 400,000 children are in...

A Blessing to the Neighbors and the City
A Blessing to the Neighbors and the City
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When Kathy Liu and her husband, Ray, were looking for a new house in San Diego about five years...

Advent and Refuge
Advent and Refuge
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Samuel Tsoi is a new member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church with Bostonian and Chinese roots. He shares some thoughts...

How Many People Experience Homelessness?
How Many People Experience Homelessness?
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Do you ever wonder how we collect reliable statistics about the number of people living without shelter? One measure...

Devoted to Orphans
Devoted to Orphans
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“All it took was one Christmas trip to convince me that I needed to be part of this incredible...

Learning from Refugees
Learning from Refugees
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Frankie Ng is a dedicated Hope for San Diego volunteer who spends many Saturday mornings with refugee families in...

Swimming for Bunk Beds
Swimming for Bunk Beds
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Amanda Shih loves to swim. But instead of earning ribbons and medals for herself, Amanda earned money to buy...

Rising Early to Make Lunches
Rising Early to Make Lunches
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Meeting at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church at 7:00am on a Saturday seemed early for Wayne Chen. But there he...

Reflections on Hands of Hope – Refugee Tutoring
Reflections on Hands of Hope – Refugee Tutoring
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Flying kites, making funny hats, blasting rockets, creating jewelry, and playing dodgeball. What can these possibly have to do...