Lucky Duck Foundation Blog

The Impact of COVID-19 on San Diego’s Homeless Population

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on San Diego’s homeless is potentially cataclysmic. We continue to advocate for our homeless population. Read more.

COVID-19 Resources and Partners

Following is a list of available resources and partners working tirelessly in response to COVID-19. This page will be updated periodically.

Conversations Make Our Communities Better

The Regional Task Force on the Homeless offered some fantastic tips for maximizing interactions with people experiencing homelessness. You never know what a simple conversation can do.

My 15 Minute Conversation With a Man Named Henry

Lucky Duck Foundation intern, Gabby, shared a recent experience she had after school with a man named Henry. Take a look at her time with Henry and see how a simple conversation can make a difference.

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 FoundationApr 6, 2020 @ 10:25pm

"I was trying to think of how they will survive," Lester said. "How can they get through this when they can't even wash their hands? So, I decided to start there." Once homeless, Terence Lester is working hard to protect people on the streets.

Lucky Duck FoundationApr 6, 2020 @ 1:25pm
"I was trying to think of how they will survive," Lester said. "How can they get through this when they can't even wash their hands? So, I decided to start there." #ShareYourLuck @lovebeyondwalls @cnn https://t.co/dWfuC6O4fH
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Lucky Duck FoundationApr 6, 2020 @ 2:47pm

We are grateful to our collaborative partners like the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Thank you for all that you do to support San Diegans experiencing homelessness.

Lucky Duck FoundationApr 5, 2020 @ 4:25pm
Happening today: 180+ homeless veterans from @VVSD_Veterans' Midway bridge shelter will move into the @SDConventionCtr. More than 350 Alpha Project bridge shelter residents moved in last week.
Lucky Duck FoundationApr 5, 2020 @ 4:20pm
It is clear that hunger is on the rise due to #COVID19 when you see turnouts like yesterday for our emergency drive-through distribution in partnership with @SDLaborCouncil. Thank you Brian Doll & @SwinertonSolar for capturing these shots for us. https://t.co/8nUvDYk838 https://t.co/wrtqUzXuO2
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Lucky Duck FoundationApr 4, 2020 @ 5:00pm

Just because someone is experiencing homelessness doesn't mean they don't have the motivation to provide for themselves. Meet Rick. "He loves working in cabinetry where he can use his construction skills, carrying one of his many tool belts and spending the day working with his...

Lucky Duck FoundationApr 4, 2020 @ 4:00pm
Just because someone is experiencing homelessness doesn't mean they don't have the motivation to provide for themselves. Meet Rick. "He loves working in cabinetry where he can use his construction skills, carrying one of his many tool belts and spending the day working with his...
Lucky Duck FoundationApr 3, 2020 @ 4:17pm
Governor Newsom @CAgovernor now: #homelessness and #COVID19 acquiring hotel rooms across CA. “We are not just looking short-term”—looking for solutions to homelessness long-term
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Lucky Duck FoundationApr 2, 2020 @ 3:47pm

We are happy to see forward-progress happening in San Diego for the overall health and well-being of people experiencing homelessness.

Lucky Duck FoundationApr 1, 2020 @ 4:14pm
“For a long time, I’ve just looked at, you can control what you can control. With social distancing and things that apply to everybody, because I’m at more risk, I have heightened awareness of it. But I’m an optimist, so I find joy in every...
Lucky Duck FoundationMar 31, 2020 @ 6:17pm
You may not be needing clothes for work, but now is a great time to refresh your home and get your bedding and curtains cleaned. We're happy to announce that @relaxxdrycleaning will be graciously donating 10% of their profits for the next 3 months to...
Lucky Duck FoundationMar 30, 2020 @ 6:13pm
According to a November 2019 poll of San Diego residents:⠀ * 86% believe City government should play a major role in addressing homelessness⠀ * 82% believe County government should play a major role in addressing homelessness⠀ * 53% said that the City should provide temporary...