You Sheltered Me
Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego (CCDSD) has been providing shelter for men and women for 100+ years. We serve 200 people per night, but only have funding for 160. There is a $1,000,000 annual gap between the homeless services we already provide and existing support. Your commitment to a monthly donation will help us fill in the gap and continue to provide shelter to men, women, and families in both San Diego and Imperial County.
Your commitment of $6 a month will ensure that someone like Dallin and Lita secure one shelter day a year. Dallin spent most of his younger life on the road, moving 14 times before the age of seven. He was working in the restaurant industry as a Chef when COVID began, and the national shelter-in-place order was issued. Dallin found himself without a job and unsure of what his next steps would be. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIS FULL STORY.
Your commitment of $72 month will ensure that someone like Michelle can secure 12 shelter days a year. Before Michelle arrived at Rachel’s Women’s Center she was sleeping in the streets of downtown San Diego, wandering with her two dogs. Michelle was emotionally broken and neglecting her cancer treatment, clinging to her few belongings that weren’t yet stolen. Rain was in the forecast as she curled up and closed her eyes, she prayed it would be her last night on the street. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HER FULL STORY.
Your commitment of $300 a month will ensure that someone like Lizbeth secure 52 shelter days a year. What happened in Lizbeth’s Imperial County home was unforgivable. Unspeakable. Unimaginable. As she sat in her parked car—a trunk full of their clothes and only possession, her two young daughters in the backseat—Lizbeth knew what she needed to do. Thankfully, she also knew where she needed to go. In the days after being chased out, she stayed with her family. During that time, she heard of a place called House of Hope. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HER FULL STORY.
Your commitment of $500 a month will ensure someone like Steve secure 84 shelter days a year. Some nights, he’d sleep in his car to keep from driving drunk. Other mornings, he’d wake up on a friend’s couch, sore and scruffy but somehow ready to go drinking again. High on methamphetamine mixed with alcohol, Steve would stumble up to any given family member’s house in the middle of the night and pass out in their front yard. Routinely and rhetorically, they’d ask him what he was doing. Before he knew it, 30 years had gone by, and his body was breaking down. Steve was burned out. So were his loved ones who desperately wanted and tried to help him but slowly withdrew after countless failed attempts. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIS FULL STORY.
Your commitment of $1,000 a month will ensure someone like Jaimeson and her cat Bella secure 168 shelter days a year. After months of living in her car, Jaimeson could feel her mind giving way to the idea of ending things. Every minute of every day was a battle—and though she was always a fighter, she had no fight left. Nowhere to go. No one to talk to. Nothing to live for. Calmly and carefully, Jaimeson planned her suicide. She picked the day and the means, then began to put her thoughts on paper. Most importantly, she wanted her family to know she loved them and that she had found peace in her decision. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HER FULL STORY.
Your commitment of $2,000 a month will ensure that someone like Mariana can secure 365 shelter days a year. Before Mariana came to Catholic Charities for help, she was living in unlivable conditions. “I stayed, but I stayed in a not-very sanitary house where there were rats, there were cockroaches and other very unpleasant things. ”This was the environment 81-year-old Mariana a senior with various health issues, had to stay in to have a roof over her head. An unhealthy environment for elder seniors is a story we are unfortunately very familiar with at Catholic Charities. Older generations who no longer can work are having difficulty finding housing while also struggling with various health concerns. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HER FULL STORY.