Lucky Duck Foundation Blog

How One Van Connects Hundreds of Homeless to Services

When the Lucky Duck Foundation handed over the keys to a new outreach van to Family Health Centers of San Diego, a critical connection was made. Read more about how the donation gave people critical access to services.

Putting a Face to San Diego’s Homeless

San Diego Magazine profiles three bridge shelter residents who share their stories, hopes, and fears with writer Kelly Davis.

How to Be an LGBTQ Ally

A true LGBTQ ally supports equal civil rights, gender equality, social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. To support your position as an ally, we’re dispelling common myths about the LGBTQ community.

Wheels of Change Homeless Employment Program Expands

The Alpha Project and the Lucky Duck Foundation Announce the Expansion of the “Wheels of Change” Homeless Employment Program. The program employs Bridge Shelter residents who clean up City streets while also doing homeless outreach. 

Mental Health and Homelessness: Connecting People to Services

People with poor mental health are more susceptible to the main factors that can lead to homelessness: poverty, isolation from family and community, and personal vulnerability.

Caring for Ebony – A Homeless Animals Story

In this second installment about Helen Woodward Animal Centers’ Pets Without Walls program, a program staff member shares the story of Claire and Ebony and their incredible bond.

Homeless Pets Need Luck (& Love), Too

Furry, friendly, and without conditions, pets are a part of us. Homeless pets included. Read Susan and Sunshine’s story and find out how to help!

5 Unique Challenges Homeless Women Face

We recognize the achievements of our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, and friends and honor the homeless women in our communities. Here are 5 challenges that affect homeless women and tangible ways you can help.

Welcome to our New Executive Director

Help us welcome Drew Moser as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Moser will implement and expand LDF’s primary areas of focus to help San Diego County’s homeless.

Tuesday Group and LDF Applaud the City’s Use of Golden Hall to Shelter the Homeless

The Mayor’s decision means that Golden Hall will now serve a critical purpose in providing shelter for the homeless women and children displaced from the temporary closure of Father Joe’s Villages bridge shelter.

14 Community Acts of Kindness Guaranteed to Spread Happiness

Every day can be Random Acts of Kindness Day if you choose to make it so. If you’re short on inspiration, peruse our list of 14 community acts of kindness and make a choice to be the light.

3 Ways to Serve San Diego’s Homeless Community

The new year is a great time to set intentions for the year. For those who look to receive through giving, we’ve collected a list of 3 simple ideas for you to help make a positive impact in lifting the dignity of San Diego’s homeless community. …

Thank you for sharing your luck!

As 2018 draws to a close, the Lucky Duck Foundation would like to say THANK YOU for sharing your luck with the San Diego community. Because of your generosity, we were able to fund many dignity lifting projects with our collaborative partners. …

Packed with Care

Written By Erin Meanley Glenny – Published by SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE. Inside Lucky Duck Foundation’s efforts to distribute backpacks for the homeless. When Pat and Stephanie Kilkenny launched Lucky Duck Foundation in 2005, their goal was to serve everyone in need, from people with disabilities to shelter animals. …

Deborah Norwood Ruane joins Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, CA (November 1, 2018)— The Lucky Duck Foundation (LDF) announced today the addition of Deborah Norwood Ruane to its Board of Directors. A seasoned real estate professional for over 30 years, Norwood Ruane’s focus and expertise has centered around affordable housing financing and development. …

10th Annual Swing & Soiree grossed nearly $800,000

We are excited to report that the Lucky Duck Foundation’s 10th Annual Swing & Soiree grossed nearly $800,000! Combine that with the more than $400,000 raised between last year’s and this year’s event and you have a record-breaking $1.2 million raised by the Lucky Duck Foundation in one year! …

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Lucky Duck FoundationAug 19, 2019 @ 3:28am
The Lucky Duck Foundation & @FamilyHealthSD have come together and provided a van for the homeless in San Diego. Check out the partnership and meet the people the van helps! #ShareYourLuck #FamilyHealth #HealthcareForAll https://t.co/UrJYsN5Kwv
Lucky Duck FoundationAug 18, 2019 @ 5:42am
“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.” — Thom Jones ⠀ ⠀ On #InternationalHomelessAnimalsDay, we recognize the work of shelters, rescue groups, animal welfare organizations, and animal lovers that come together...
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Lucky Duck FoundationAug 18, 2019 @ 5:34am

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.” — Thom Jones

On #InternationalHomelessAnimalsDay, we recognize the work of shelters, rescue groups, animal welfare organizations, and animal lovers...

Lucky Duck FoundationAug 18, 2019 @ 1:26am
“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.” — Thom Jones. On #InternationalHomelessAnimalsDay, we salute @HWAC who tirelessly advocate for the health of all animals. Read more: https://t.co/tUJVjCinuu. #IHAD https://t.co/ab4xX9kNEa
Lucky Duck FoundationAug 17, 2019 @ 9:16am
3D homes that take 24 hours and less than $4,000 to print. #Genius #HousingFirst #HelpTheHomeless https://t.co/xXbnjnDWzu https://t.co/Q8UYifrL2C
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Lucky Duck FoundationAug 17, 2019 @ 5:55am

On #NationalNonprofitDay (and every day!), we recognize the non-profit organizations that we consider our partners as we work to alleviate the suffering of people experiencing #homelessness in #SanDiego. Learn more about our partners and the life-changing work they are...

Lucky Duck FoundationAug 17, 2019 @ 5:41am
On #NationalNonprofitDay (and every day!), we recognize the non-profit organizations that we consider our partners as we work to alleviate the suffering of people experiencing #homelessness in #SanDiego. Learn more about our partners and the life-changing work they are doing in our #community....
Lucky Duck FoundationAug 17, 2019 @ 1:25am
On #NationalNonprofitDay (& every day!), we recognize the non-profit organizations that we call partners as we work to alleviate the suffering of people experiencing #homelessness in #SanDiego. Learn more about their work in our #community. https://t.co/Jt8Q0Qs8iV #shareyourluck https://t.co/QiL8XASvxX
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Lucky Duck FoundationAug 16, 2019 @ 10:03am

You're invited to swing the day (& night) away at the Lucky Duck Foundation's 11th Annual Swing & Soirée, presented by Gall Hale, RBC Wealth Management Team!

Tickets are now on sale for this fantastic fundraising event on October 7th at...

Lucky Duck FoundationAug 16, 2019 @ 8:48am
You're invited to swing the day (& night) away at the Lucky Duck Foundation's 11th Annual Swing & Soirée, presented by Gall Hale, RBC Wealth Management Team! ⠀ ⠀ Tickets are now on sale for this fantastic #fundraising event on October 7th at @TheSantaluzClub....
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Lucky Duck FoundationAug 16, 2019 @ 7:44am

"I lied to my children saying I was sleeping in a tent. I was sleeping on cement."

📸credit: Kevin Marino