June 04, 2020

Big Jump in Grant Funding

Grants increase 46% over last year!

You gave hope to hundreds of hurting San Diegans this spring! This year, despite canceling our fundraiser, Hope for San Diego increased grant funding to more than $150,000, up from $103,000 last year. Your generous donations bolstered our established relationships with trusted affiliates that are committed not just to short-term relief during this crisis, but the long-term flourishing of the most vulnerable in our city.

One round of grants provides ongoing funding to sustain affiliates’ important work and a second round of emergency grants provides emergency support to families and helps staff adapt to the dramatic changes COVID 19 has necessitated. Here’s some of what your donations are accomplishing right now:

Alabaster Jar Project

Funding operational costs of the AJP Resource Center in Escondido, to restore and empower the lives of survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Emergency funds will provide technology to facilitate virtual counseling and support groups and resources to complete mandatory quarantine for new residents of Grace House.

Casa de Amistad

Funding for Casa de Amistad’s Study Companions Program, which provides academic tutoring/mentoring for 240 underserved students in North County to help them improve their success in school and become academically competitive with their mainstream peers. Emergency funding will provide technology to fully transition to an online program by Fall 2020.

Generate Hope

Funding for a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to heal and find restoration in long-term housing and trauma-informed therapy, education, and vocational support. Emergency funding will provide food and necessary supplies for residents, personal protective equipment for staff and residents, and upgrades to IT infrastructure for engaging in online courses and remote therapies.

A Step Beyond 

Funding for the holistic dance and academic program of A Step Beyond that serves students over a nine- to ten-year period, with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. Emergency funds will provide rental assistance and food for families most in need.

“[Your grant] brought me to tears this afternoon. Thank you and your team for such kindness and generosity as this pandemic continues. Thank you and all your donors for giving gracefully and graciously.” — Allison Knight-Morrissey, A Step Beyond

Safe Families 

Funding to support church outreach for hosting vulnerable children and creating extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and families intact.

“Not only do these funds provide critical financial support during an especially difficult time, even more, we are extremely blessed by the encouragement and vote of confidence we received from you. I look forward to watching our continued collaborative efforts make a huge change in the lives of struggling children and families in San Diego.” — Danny Sells, Safe Families

San Diego Refuge Tutoring

Funding for the operational costs of San Diego Refugee Tutoring, which provides one-to-one tutoring and holistic academic support to refugees at Ibarra Elementary School in City Heights. Emergency funding will provide staffing to increase outreach to families and facilitate educational assistance, and provide technology and resources for remote tutoring.

Solutions for Change

Funding to support life transformation by permanently solving family homelessness among primarily single mothers who have been impacted by domestic violence, trauma, substance abuse, mental illness, housing instability, generational poverty, under-education, under-employment, low self-esteem, abuse, codependency, and a history of criminal activity. Emergency funds bolster case managers for counseling, interventions, and classes that provide support parents’ need to reclaim their lives and provide a better future for their children.

Additional One-Time Grants

Additional special funding for emergency relief through San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Rescue Mission, and Urban Life.