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 FoundationSep 14, 2019 @ 8:48am

"I don't want to think about what would have happened to me." -Melody on living in the Alpha Project Bridge Shelter instead of living on the street.

📸credit: Kevin Marino

Lucky Duck FoundationSep 13, 2019 @ 11:54am
"My first time out with Alpha Project’s Wheels of Change was June 21, 2018 – the longest day of the year. That being said, working with them was a fast moving experience. We picked up trash on the streets like paper, bottles and cans. Before...
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Lucky Duck FoundationSep 13, 2019 @ 5:51am

"What makes our effort different from what's happened in other areas when it comes to philanthropy and the business sector is the political folks know we are not going away." -Peter Seidler on the Lucky Duck Foundation.

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Lucky Duck FoundationSep 12, 2019 @ 11:46am
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Lucky Duck FoundationSep 12, 2019 @ 5:58am
#TBT to that time we "swung" & "soiréed" for a very deserving cause - #SanDiego's homeless community. Join us October 7th at the Lucky Duck Foundation's 11th Annual Swing & Soirée, presented by the Gall Hale RBC Wealth Management Team! Save your spot now!...
Lucky Duck FoundationSep 12, 2019 @ 5:42am
https://t.co/lmdp8woIn8 A great piece from NBC on the homeless crisis in LA and some of the organizations that are working to help. We're proud to be a part of it! #fighthomelessness #LAhomeless #unionrescuemission #endhomelessness #shelter #navigationcenter #bridgestructure
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#TBT to that time we "swung" and "soiréed" for a very deserving cause - San Diego's homeless community.⠀ ⠀ Join us October 7th at the @TheSantaluzClub for an important night raising funds for critical programs that alleviate the suffering of the homeless at the Lucky...
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10th Annual Swing & Soirée Presented by the Gall Hale RBC Wealth Management Team
Highlights from the 10th Annual Swing & Soirée Presented by the Gall Hale RBC Wealth Management Team. Learn more and save the date for the next event - https...
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Lucky Duck FoundationSep 12, 2019 @ 5:00am

#TBT to that time we "swung" and "soiréed" for a very deserving cause - San Diego's homeless community.

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Join us October 7th at the The Santaluz Club for an important night raising funds for...

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Lucky Duck FoundationSep 10, 2019 @ 7:16am

Michael Jones wears many hats at the Family Health Centers of San Diego. Listen to what he does to support people experiencing homelessness every day!

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Lucky Duck FoundationSep 10, 2019 @ 3:24am
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S., especially among young people. To help change this, CA student IDs for grade 7 through college now carry the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Let's remember to treat each other with kindness. #WSPD https://t.co/zIXyBit8Ct
Lucky Duck FoundationSep 10, 2019 @ 5:48am
Every life lost to suicide means that a parent will never hug their child again. A child will never kiss their parents again. A friend may never call for mid-day chat. Suicide takes almost 800,000 people every year across the globe.* ⠀ ⠀ For each...
Lucky Duck FoundationSep 9, 2019 @ 9:10am
"What makes our effort different from what's happened in other areas when it comes to philanthropy and the business sector is the political folks know we are not going away." - Peter Seidler on the Lucky Duck Foundation.⠀ ⠀ Help us make real change for...