How to help during the pandemic
Our under-served neighbors need us more than ever! There are safe ways to serve the most vulnerable in our city during this tumultuous time.
*We will update this page regularly, so check back for the latest needs and how you can help.
In Nahum 1:3, we read, “His way is in the whirlwind and the storm.” Despite all that’s swirling around us, we can take confidence that God is with us! We, in turn, despite the hardships we’re experiencing, can be with the most vulnerable among us in their suffering. Our neighbors served by Hope for San Diego affiliates are exactly the people who will be most impacted by this virus and the economic consequences that ripple outward. Our neighbors need us more than ever before!
Hope for San Diego is in communication with all of our affiliates and church partners right now to determine how we can best serve them. There are safe ways we can practically help our neighbors and there will be more to come. Hope for San Diego exists just for this purpose—to help you find ways to care for and invest in our under-served neighbors.
There is so much we don’t know during this time of ever changing circumstances. We’ve been encouraged by those in our community that have reached out asking “How can we help?” We have created this page to keep you informed of needs as we learn about them. If you know of needs among the hurting and vulnerable in our city, or ways we can help, please let us know by emailing [email protected].
The greatest thing we can do for our friends, families, neighbors, and ourselves is to pray. Please consider using our 40 Days of Prayer calendar to pray for our city during this pandemic.
Hope for San Diego is deploying resources as quickly as possible to help our affiliates serve those most vulnerable during this crisis. Your donations are the fuel that enable us to support these crucial organizations that are serving more people with fewer resources. Make your donation here.
Give 50% More with Thrivent
Thrivent Financial is offering a 50% match of any donation made on its portal, whether you’re a member or not. Just use this link to find Hope for San Diego (North Coast Christian Ministries). Thank you to Thrivent for supporting non-profits during this crisis.
You can also share your story of how you saw a need and responded.
Check Out Who We Are Serving
Join Our Care Team
We are building a care team that we can deploy in the days and weeks to come. If you’d like to join, please complete this form. We will email you the needs as they arise and you can select which opportunities suit your skills and availability.
Opportunities to Serve
Drive by and Drop-Off for Refugees (Suspending Collections for Now)
Many refugee families were already living in poverty, and this crisis has plunged them deeper into need. We are providing a safe way to assist by coordinating drop-offs around San Diego. You don’t even need to get out of your car!
Saturday, March 21 at 9 am – Rosa Parks Elementary School Parking Lot – 4510 Landis St, San Diego
Bags of Love for Ocean Knoll Elementary School
Consider donating to Ocean Knoll Elementary School in Encinitas to families in need. The biggest need is for individual grocery bags of non-perishable/presorted/ and ready to be distributed goods. You can drop off any time between 10:00 and 11:00 am, Mon-Fri this week.
Solutions for Change Food and Hygiene Essentials
Solutions families are mainly single parents who live paycheck to paycheck and do not have stockpiles of daily living items. If you’re able to provide any of the following items, please drop them off to Solutions for Change Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. A collection box is available outside the main campus at 722 W California Ave, Vista.
Items needed: nonperishable food items, trash bags, toilet paper, Isopropyl alcohol, pure aloe vera, hand soap, masks, disinfectant wipes, Lysol, hand sanitizer, diapers, paper towels, bleach
Solutions for Change Video Encouragements
During this time we are all aware of the reality that so much is unpredictable and unknown. Please consider sending a short video clip encouraging the residents at Solutions for Change to continue their transformation, despite the ever-changing circumstances revolving around this pandemic.
Please email your video to Cynthia at [email protected]
Groceries for a Family at Casa de Amistad
Casa de Amistad, Centro de Enseñanza is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the education and character development of underserved children, teens, and their families. Hope for San Diego have tutors who volunteer weekly but are currently unable to meet with students. Instead, fill out this form and Casa de Amistad will send you an address of a family. You will purchase the listed items and send them directly to their home through a delivery service.
Serve at the Food Bank
The San Diego Food Bank is reliant on its volunteers to help at its warehouse and food distribution sites. If you are healthy and able please consider signing up for a shift to get basic necessities to those in need.
Serve at Mama’s Kitchen
Mama’s Kitchen, a community-driven organization, believes that everyone is entitled to the basic necessity of life — nutritious food. Serve with Mama’s Kitchen to help deliver meals to the most vulnerable in our community.
Serve at JFS Migrant Family Shelter
Jewish Family Services Migrant Family Shelter is looking for more healthy volunteers to serve their current clients through meal serving, driving to and from overflow sites, and a variety of other tasks for their shelter. If interested, please email [email protected] with your interest to serve and they will follow up with you directly. Our team has worked with this operation for over a year. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Donate Blood with the San Diego Blood Bank
Local hospitals are on the verge of a serious shortage as blood drives cancel due to school closures and work-from-home policies. More than half of their blood supply is collected on bloodmobiles. To see locations and make an appointment, visit their website or call (619) 400-8251.
Deliver Urgently Needed Items to San Diego Rescue Mission
The San Diego Rescue Mission is currently housing hundreds of long-term students who are not allowed to leave the building. They have an urgent need cleaning supplies and preventative products. If you have any of these items or can purchase them, please consider donating to the Rescue Mission.
Prayers we’re Praying (And you can too!)
1. Pray for those living without margin
Most middle and upper-class Americans have at least some safety net and ability to stock up on household essentials. But many in our city were already living in poverty, paycheck to paycheck—youth transitioning out of foster care, people living without shelter, and refugees and immigrants. Pray that God would provide for their physical needs and give them comfort in their distress.
2. Pray for essential workers
As more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Food service, grocery stores, and delivery drivers continue to work each day so that people can eat. Pray that God would renew their energy, sustain them, and protect them.
3. Pray for our response
Our churches, communities, schools, and non-profits can be a refuge for the most vulnerable in San Diego. Pray that we would be instruments of His grace and mercy to those in need and that we would be ready to respond in the days ahead, living out our faith in action.
Affiliate & Non-Affiliate Prayer Requests
1. Please continue to pray for our staff and residents.
2. To protect the health of our residents.
3. Please pray for God to dissolve our resident’s anxiety at the feet of the cross.
San Diego Rescue Mission
1. Strength & joy for our staff
2. Patience and perseverance for our students
3. Continued resources to meet our operating needs
4. Protection and prevention from any outbreak
5. That God would be honored in all that we do