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San Diego Rescue Mission Raising $5M for New Shelters and Renovations

The San Diego Rescue Mission has launched its “Every Heart” $5 million capital campaign to double the number of shelter beds and upgrade its residential facility for people experiencing homelessness throughout the county.

“We’ve been preparing this expansion for three years and are excited to launch this first phase of our capital campaign. Reaching our $5 million first phase goal by the end of the year will enable us to open three new shelters, help 3,000 people transition immediately off the streets, and rehabilitate nearly 700 people so they get off the streets permanently — every year— throughout San Diego County,” said Donnie Dee, president, and CEO of the Rescue Mission.

“As a private, faith-based, nonprofit organization, we don’t accept government funding and rely on the generosity of individual donors, businesses, and organizations,” he said. “Contributions to Every Heart will enable us to build additional Navigation Centers, provide essential wrap-around services, and get more people off the streets immediately, and into a safe place.”

The Rescue Mission’s campaign will enable the building, renovation, and operation of navigation centers in National City and East County and the operations of the navigation center in Oceanside. Each Navigation Center will provide 30-day stays for people experiencing homelessness and offer them shelter, nutritious meals, and individualized case management to take their next critical step out of homelessness.

In addition, the funds will be used toward renovating the Rescue Mission’s downtown facility, which houses a 250-bed residential rehabilitation program and a 60-bed Navigation Center for women and children to better reflect a trauma-informed environment for healing.

People interested in donating are encouraged to visit to learn more about how they can help more people experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives, creating a safer community for everyone.

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