Lucky Duck Foundation Blog

New Region-Wide Homeless Employment and Jobs Training Initiative

The Lucky Duck Foundation announced a $1 million region-wide homeless employment and jobs training initiative that aims to hire and train the homeless and enable them to secure long-term employment.

10 Things You May Not Know About the Lucky Duck Foundation

Take a look into the Lucky Duck Foundation. We’re sharing a little bit about who we are, what we do, what we believe, and the people we do it for.

I Didn’t Ask For Gifts On My Birthday

Lucky Duck Foundation intern, Gabby, shares why she thinks you should start your own birthday fundraiser to help San Diegans homeless community.

Councilmember Chris Ward’s Response to Petition-Signers

Read Councilmember Chris Ward’s response to the individuals that signed the petition urging elected officials to open vacant government-owned buildings.

Lucky Duck Foundation Launches Petition Drive to Urge Local Elected Officials to Utilize Vacant Government-Owned Buildings to Shelter the Homeless.

SAN DIEGO, CA – January 20, 2020: The Lucky Duck Foundation today announced an online petition campaign alongside results of a comprehensive poll it commissioned that revealed public opinion surrounding the City and County’s homelessness crisis.

4 Ways to Help that Don’t Involve Donating Money

Most of us will never know what it’s like to lose our jobs, experience a medical emergency, or another life-altering event that could render you without income or housing stability. For thousands of San Diegans experiencing homelessness, it was an event like this that led their life unsheltered. Have you found yourself thinking of ways to help that don’t involve donating money?

Wheels of Change Testimonials

The Wheels of Change expansion has been incredibly successful. The workers in the second van have already completed clean-up activities in several areas of San Diego. Hear from participants about what the program means to them.

How One Person Broke the Pattern of Youth Homelessness

Without positive intervention, many homeless youths continue the pattern of homelessness into adulthood. No matter the reason for their circumstance, organizations like the San Diego-based Youth Assistance Coalition (YAC) are there to help break the pattern.  

The Private Sector Has a Key Role to Play in Carrying Out the Homelessness Plan

Adopting an action plan to tackle homelessness was the easy part. Now, activating the plan requires consistent funding and participation from all stakeholders in order to be effectively executed. The following OpEd appeared in Voice of San Diego on October 25th, 2019.

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. …

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 FoundationFeb 27, 2020 @ 3:13pm
According to the 2019 Point-In-Time Count, 12% of the homeless population in San Diego are under the age of 24. This #thankfulthursday, we’re grateful for youthassistancecoalitionsd for making youth experiencing… https://t.co/fVIQBF2dx1
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Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 27, 2020 @ 6:13pm

According to the 2019 Point-In-Time Count, 12% of the homeless population in San Diego are under the age of 24. This #thankfulthursday, we’re grateful for @youthassistancecoalitionsd for making youth experiencing homelessness their priority.

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Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 27, 2020 @ 6:13pm
According to the 2019 Point-In-Time Count, 12% of the homeless population in San Diego are under the age of 24. This #thankfulthursday, we’re grateful for @youthassistancecoalitionsd for making youth experiencing homelessness their priority. #Repost @youthassistancecoalitionsd ・・・ Imagine having a newborn child and not knowing...
Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 26, 2020 @ 12:04am
Susan went from feeling completely alone, isolated, and vulnerable to believing in herself through the love of her “adopted” dog, Sunshine. Read more about Susan + Sunshine. http://bit.ly/2tcYT8U⠀ ⠀ Because of your generous donations, @hwac is able to operate "Pets Without Walls", a program that...
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Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 25, 2020 @ 11:56pm

Susan went from feeling completely alone, isolated, and vulnerable to believing in herself through the love of her “adopted” dog, Sunshine. Read more about Susan + Sunshine. http://bit.ly/2tcYT8U

Because of your generous donations, Helen Woodward Animal Center is able to...

Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 25, 2020 @ 8:56pm
Susan went from feeling completely alone and vulnerable to believing in herself through the love of her “adopted” dog, Sunshine. Read more about Susan + Sunshine. https://t.co/Xgi9B70LiQ Thanks to @hwac for "Pets Without Walls", offering care for animals in need. #WorldSpayDay https://t.co/B7JxzcNIO5
Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 25, 2020 @ 5:58pm
“The Lucky Duck Foundation is providing a hand-up for our North County neighbors struggling with homelessness,” said Greg Anglea, CEO for @interfaithcs. Link via @TimesofSanDiego: https://t.co/qaaUIyotYK https://t.co/FXQu0DQvFk
Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 24, 2020 @ 6:07pm
"This should be where you wait to get a ride home......it shouldn’t be anyone’s home!" - Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, Vice President, Legislative and External Affairs, @SoCalGas and @SDGE, Member Leadership Council for the City of San Diego’s Community Action Plan on Homelessness, and @luckyduckfoundation...
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Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 24, 2020 @ 5:01pm

Socks are the single most-needed article of clothing in homeless shelters and single LEAST donated item. With just a few keystrokes, you can provide 4 pairs of socks to San Diegans in need. Just sign up for our monthly newsletter and we'll deliver socks to...

Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 23, 2020 @ 5:14pm
ICYMI: Drew Moser, @luckyduckfoundation Executive Director, was on @KUSINews talking about our new $1 million region-wide homeless employment and jobs training initiative. Check out the link and take a listen to the interview to hear why we believe this program has the potential to help...
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Lucky Duck FoundationFeb 23, 2020 @ 5:14pm

ICYMI: Drew Moser, Lucky Duck Foundation Executive Director, was on KUSI News talking about our new $1 million region-wide homeless employment and jobs training initiative. Check out the link and take a listen to the interview to hear why we believe this program has the...