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Sleepless San Diego

San Diego Rescue Mission’s Sleepless San Diego

Sleepless San Diego is coming up, September 21-22 at Liberty Station.  We are excited to be part of this great event to help raise awareness and money for the SD Rescue Mission as they work to help the homeless in San Diego.

If you are in San Diego and want to help support the Rescue Mission, or you want to sleep-out under the stars for the homeless, you can go to the following link the learn more> http://goo.gl/BdDS8s


Sleepless San Diego :: Face of Homelessness

I first started photographing for the San Diego Rescue Mission in 2003, at their Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner.  It has been a true honor to see up close, through the lens, the work that the Mission is doing for the homeless population in San Diego.

At this years Sleepless San Diego, the had a photo exhibit called “Face of Homelessness.”

Inside this tent were photos of the homeless in San Diego.  Linda, who put the exhibit together asked if I would contribute some photos, since she heard I had been helping photograph at the Mission.  I said it would be an honor and I gladly gave her a few photos to pick from.  These are a few of the photos that they used…

This was taken in the morning before the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  Groups go into downtown inviting the homeless to dinner…I was following a group that wandered down to Seaport Village Embarcadero Park.

I think this photo was taken at Easter Dinner.  One of the great things the Mission does is after the dinner, they give everyone a “goodie” bag of essentials.  They have 3 Community Dinners a year: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you want to be blessed, volunteer for one of these events.
This was taken at a homeless outreach in Balboa Park.  They meet on Saturday mornings for Church Without Walls.  They invite the homeless to come, rest and attend church.  Afterwards they feed them lunch, hand out Bibles and just talk with them.

The next 2 were also taken at Church Without Walls at Christmas time.

After the service, they gave out Christmas presents to everyone along with backpacks full of toiletries, socks and other assorted essential items.  This young boy came with his dad, and I think he was blessed as much as the man receiving the present.  It was certainly a humbling moment.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you,and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

(Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

I am truly thankful for the opportunity to share some of these photos.  Hopefully, through these images folks can see that homelessness isn’t constrained by age or gender.  

These volunteers were walking around Sleepless with these signs…1 in 4 homeless are young adults ages 18-30!   The signs speak for themselves, even the ones upside down!

The SD Rescue Mission created this great video about 5 ways we can help the homeless.  Please take a look


Sleepless San Diego 2012

Sleepless San Diego 2012 was another great success!  Thanks to everyone who slept out to help raise awareness

of the homeless population in San Diego.  To learn more about Sleepless and the San Diego Rescue Mission please go HERE.

To see a few photos from the event, please check out our Facebook page HERE…don’t forget to”Like” us 🙂

More photos soon…


San Diego Rescue Mission :: Sleepless San Diego

Tonite, a whole bunch of folks will be sleeping out under the stars at Liberty Station to raise awareness and money for the homeless in San Diego.  This will be the 6th Annual Sleepless event that the SD Rescue Mission has done.

MISSION focused has been part of this great event since it began.  If you would like more information about the SD Rescue Mission you can go HERE.  If you live in San Diego and want to do something fun to help the homeless in San Diego…come down to Liberty Station.

 


SLEEPLESS SAN DIEGO

This is the first time I have been to The Rescue Mission’s SLEEPLESS event. The name comes from the fact that for homeless people there is not much sleep on the streets. This event brings the community of San Diego together to learn more about ways to help out the homeless.

There was a Kids Area Adventure Quiz and a Homeless Ed Scavenger Hunt that was a fun way to learn more about the plight of the homeless and how the Rescue Mission is helping. You had to match the numbers on the volunteers signs with the questions in the booklet.

The pro skateboard deck company seven6fifty had a skate demo going on throughout the day, gave away tons of decks to very excited kids, and had this fun photo op area.

SLEEPLESS began in 2007 to increases the awareness and funding in order to address homelessness in San Diego. This little boy has a bag from 2009.

SLEEPLESS took place on Saturday 9/24 from 3:00 PM to Sunday 9/25 at 6:30 AM

To see more photos please go to our SmugMug gallery HERE


sleepless san diego:: its that time again…

we have had the honor of partnering with the san diego rescue mission for almost a decade now…and weve been part of sleepless san diego since it began several years ago.

if your interested in participating…please visit the sleepless san diego site HERE