Help the homeless
Every Monday night, volunteers from Streets of Hope gather on the sidewalk at the north side of the Smart & Final Parking Lot located at 720 15th Street downtown (and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at the Fellowship Hall at Jericho Road Christian Fellowship in El Cajon) to pass out food, water, toiletries, conversation, and friendship to the area’s homeless population. There’s no training or registration involved; just show up and pitch in. Every six weeks or so, volunteer hair stylists come to give free haircuts. Help with preparing resumes and training on applying for jobs online is also available -- all you need is a laptop or smartphone (a separate two-hour appointment is set up for resume services). You don’t have to bring anything, but if you’d like to, the most needed items are bottled water, toiletries and personal hygiene items, clothing (especially socks), and blankets.
Father Joe’s Village is the largest rehabilitation program for the homeless in San Diego, with over 900 men, women and children living at the Village each day. In addition to serving more than 3,000 meals daily, volunteers provide homework tutoring, fitness and wellness instruction, adult education, including reading, math, language and GED prep, along with dozens of other jobs from administration to thrift store sales associates.