Lucky Duck Foundation Blog

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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The Regional Task Force on the Homeless is planning for the 2020 Point-in-Time-Count. #WeAllCount. The dates are January 23, 2020 through January 25, 2020 and the #Youth count is January 23, 2020 through January 30, 2020. To #Volunter, visit:
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We can’t get enough of this heartwarming #ShareYourLuck story. 🍀 #homelessness #EndHomelessness
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“We need a Marshall Plan to address homelessness and build shelters and housing on every possible piece of land that we can think of.” Story via Los Angeles Times

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Lucky Duck FoundationDec 12, 2019 @ 7:31am

Last year, flooding devastated the members at the Bridge Shelter. While arrangements have been made, there's still people out on the street during this winter weather. Consider helping them and making a donation today.

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Triple your impact before the year is up!⠀ ⠀ Does your business have a corporate match program? If so, your donation will go three times as far. Donate $25 - your company's match makes it $50. Don't forget to add the match from Lucky Duck...
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Lucky Duck FoundationDec 11, 2019 @ 1:08pm

"The City of San Diego will debut a first-of-its-kind “one-stop shop” of services and resources for people experiencing homelessness Monday morning in East Village."

Story via Times of San Diego

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Lifestyles San Diego TV Show: Sean Caddell, Jenna Daley, & Jesse Salas
From the priceless sunsets that don’t cost you a penny, to the cool stuff that reflects luxury living in one of the most desirable places to live in the worl...
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Lucky Duck FoundationDec 11, 2019 @ 6:01am

Thank you to the Rooftop Cinema Club for including us in your magical movie nights. Especially for raising money & collecting cold weather items for people experiencing homelessness. Watch this great Lifestyles San Diego segment for more! (Segment starts 19:00)

Lucky Duck FoundationDec 7, 2019 @ 5:08am
We asked you to #ShareYourLuck this #GivingTuesday. You did that and more! Thanks to your generous support, we are able to make an impact on the lives of youth like Cyanne, through the volunteer organization, the @youthassistancecoalitionsd. Thank you for helping to make...
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There’s still time to help alleviate the suffering of youth living unsheltered. Donate through the #linkinbio. Your donations go TWICE as far on #givingtuesday thanks to the generosity of our co-founders. All donations received today, will be matched given to @youthassistancecoalitionsd so they can...