San Diego CA— The San Diego Rescue Mission has announced the award of $25,000 from The San Diego Foundation as part of the Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The funds will be used to prevent child abuse in children experiencing homelessness, through the San Diego Rescue Mission’s Children’s Center Preschool program.
Children experiencing homelessness face unthinkable challenges: health problems, tendency for delays in development, emotional distress, and more. The San Diego Rescue Mission provides the county’s only free, private licensed preschool for children experiencing homelessness. The goal of the project will be to provide person-centered, strength-based intervention tools to prevent child abuse in children and families. When these families are surrounded by a community that cares, child abuse can not only be prevented, but families and homes can be healed and restored.
“We’re deeply blessed to be recognized by The San Diego Foundation on behalf of regional and community leaders,” said Donnie Dee, CEO of the San Diego Rescue Mission. “Through this project, we aim to lift the barriers that prevent low-income families from receiving high quality education services.”
The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund deploys resources on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations that are supporting low-income workers, families, and vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis.