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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 FoundationJan 23, 2020 @ 5:00pm
Volunteer. Speak Out. Spread the Word. Those are just 3 ways that you can help people experiencing homelessness that don't involve donating money. If you want to speak out, don't forget to sign the petition urging elected officials to open vacant government-owned buildings to shelter...
Lucky Duck FoundationJan 17, 2020 @ 5:00pm
More money is on the way... Gov. Gavin Newsom asked lawmakers last week to allocate more than $1.4 billion to a variety of local and state-run efforts, with much of the money earmarked as subsidies for immediate housing and community healthcare services.
Lucky Duck FoundationJan 16, 2020 @ 5:02pm
Wheels of Change is a nationally recognized program that lifts up the residents of the Alpha Project Bridge Shelter, while helping the communities around them. Wheels of Change empowers residents, builds self-esteem and provides meaningful transitional employment while giving back to the community. Residents of...
Lucky Duck FoundationJan 23, 2020 @ 5:58pm
Volunteer. Speak Out. Spread the Word. Just 3 ways to help that don't involve donating money. Don't forget to sign urge officials to open vacant buildings to shelter the homeless. Read more: https://t.co/gvHEtpJ4u8 & sign the petition: https://t.co/MXor5vJimJ. https://t.co/S0vc3nxV2A
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Lucky Duck FoundationJan 23, 2020 @ 6:00pm

"...research has shown that no matter the community, a majority of its homeless population tends to be from the area or around it." Link via USA TODAY.

Lucky Duck FoundationJan 23, 2020 @ 10:55am
Thank you to all volunteers participating in Point In Time counts this week. https://t.co/H8UhWixKpf
Lucky Duck FoundationJan 22, 2020 @ 8:45pm
"...research has shown that no matter the community, a majority of its homeless population tends to be from the area or around it." Link via @USATODAY https://t.co/C2Xhp8BKYp #housingfirst #EndHomelessness #ShareYourLuck https://t.co/l7xtNEm9cl
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Lucky Duck FoundationJan 22, 2020 @ 4:00pm

ICYMI: Sasha Foo and KUSI News were at the old Chargers facility talking to Dan Shea, Lucky Duck Foundation Board Member and Tuesday Group founder, about the drive to urge elected officials to open vacant government-owned buildings as shelter.

Lucky Duck FoundationJan 21, 2020 @ 5:58pm
ICYMI: @SashaFooKUSI and @KUSINews were at the old Chargers facility talking to Dan Shea, @LuckyDuckFound Board Member & Tuesday Group founder, about the petition to urge elected officials to open vacant government-owned buildings as shelter. https://t.co/co7dyneEs6 https://t.co/dDoAnJ3CIR
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Lucky Duck FoundationJan 20, 2020 @ 5:18am

Numerous buildings owned by the City and County of San Diego sit vacant while thousands of people in desperate need of shelter are forced to sleep on their doorstep – even during severe winter weather.

Help alleviate their suffering and sign our...

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