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.
The need for Hope for San Diego is greater than ever with COVID-19 pummeling our city. Most of our affiliates’ clients have lost their jobs, and were already living paycheck to paycheck without much margin. The current crisis has only applied more pressure to an already fragile situation. Your emergency gift today will help our under-served neighbors get back on their feet!
Our most vulnerable neighbors are suffering disproportionately right now and many of you are looking for ways to demonstrate the love of Christ in acts of service. Hope for San Diego created an Amazon wish list that enables you to order essential supplies from the safety of your own home.
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Join Our Care Team
Join our Coronavirus Care Team and we’ll send you weekly opportunities to serve and pray for our affiliates or reach out indivdiually if a need arises that suits your skills and interests.
Opportunities to Serve
Walker Elementary School Food Distribution
- Meet on June 4th at 1:30 pm at Walker to unload items and load into the freezer and refrigerator space. Need people who can lift boxes and heavier items – need 4 volunteers.
- Meet on June 5th at 9:00 am at Walker, to unload, sort items, handout food. Although we try to follow social distancing as much as possible, these volunteers must be low-risk.
Prepare a “Celebration Box” for a Graduating High School Student
For many of low-income students who are facing obstacles of many kinds, finishing high school is a great achievement, but without the school ceremonies, many of these kids’ parents may not have the resources to provide a special celebration. That’s where you come in! Would you “adopt” one of these high school seniors to help acknowledge their achievement and remind them that they are not forgotten? Sign up here and we’ll send you the name of a student and instructions for putting together a virtual celebration.
Deliver Groceries to Families at Ocean Knoll Elementary School
Provide individual bags of groceries for under-served families in the Encinitas School system. Drop bags on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 throughout May at Ocean Knoll Elementary School (910 Melba Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024). Also needed: diapers, personal hygiene products, children’s books and games.
Become a Pen Pal with Solutions for Change Residents
Solutions families are mainly single parents who are isolated with their children at home. Many have lost jobs and are struggling to provide basic needs. Join Project Pen Pal to help families feel connected and continue to strive for success as they navigate life during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Fill out the form above and note that you’d like to join Project Pen Pal.
Read with Students or Tutor Online
Our affiliates that provide tutoring and mentoring for students are quickly pivoting to an online model and they need volunteers! If you’re willing to meet with an elementary student for reading help or an older student for homework help, please fill out the form above and note that you’re interested in tutoring. We’ll get back to you with details about upcoming opportunities.
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.
Emergency Food Distribution with Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities is looking for additional volunteers for packing, distributing, and delivering, emergency food and groceries to those in need all over San Diego County. Take a look on their site here for all locations and opportunities.
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. Pray for our staff and residents to remain healthy and strong.
2. Pray for unity as women live together and support each other.
3. Please pray for God to dissolve our resident’s anxiety at the feet of the cross.
Solutions for Change
1. Please continue to pray for our staff and residents to have continued peace and build emotional and spiritual resilience.
2. Pray for those who are at risk of relapse to stay connected with counselors, case managers, and community resources.
3. pray for financial provision in the coming weeks and months.
1. Please pray that we’d be able to find host families willing to step in during these challenging times when our intake lines are especially busy.
2. Please pray for our staff, our host families, churches, and bio families.
Churches Against Trafficking – Prayer for Victim Services Organizations
These are the specific issues that San Diego organizations who provide direct care to those who have been trafficked, including women with children, have requested prayer for during this time
1. Anxiety and fear for the future
2. Difficulty finding employment during the COVID crisis
3. Need for stable housing
4. Safety for women who are trying to leave the life of exploitation and finding it especially difficult at this time because most organizations are not able to accept new residents because of the virus crisis.
5. The children of women who are in shelters who are now out of school and do not have regular daily activities
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
- As more detainees in ICE detention test positive for COVID-19, pray for the vulnerable populations in these facilities and the decisions being made that impact their health and futures.
- As aid is cut and supplies become more difficult to get, displaced people need more prayer than ever.
- As farms and meat processing plants across the country scramble to keep workers safe during the pandemic, the risk is high for the majority immigrant food supply workforce. Please pray for the safety of these workers, the impact on the food supply, and for them to receive the assistance they need in this difficult time.