Teresa’s life was full of frustration and disappointment, she questioned God’s love and compassion when she found herself as a resident in a battered women’s shelter and program. Disillusioned she admits, she was angry with God for the events and recent circumstances of her life. She heard about the church services that the San Diego Dream Center was holding at her shelter, Teresa came down to meet and talk to Pastor Dan and Cathy, shortly after she began attending the services and going out on outreaches. Helping to meet the needs of others took her mind off her own problems and circumstances. She began to experience the love of God and joy in serving others. Teresa grew to love outreach.
Stacey struggling with dealing the hurt and loss in his life, turned to alcohol and marijuana to numb the pain. He landed on the streets of San Diego from Texas. Homeless and hurting, he encountered the San Diego Dream Center one night in the City’s center core, receiving socks, water, a peanut butter sandwich, prayer and an encouraging direction to go into the San Diego Rescue Mission 12-month recovery program. Stacey showed up for intake first thing that Monday Morning. After the orientation period , he began to attending services at the San Diego Dream Center and going out on Saturday night outreaches as well. That is where he met Teresa and they drew closer to each other and shared their love for outreach and helping others together.
Life is not easy sometimes, after about 11-months in the program, Stacey left and relapsed. Pastor Dan went out looking for him, shortly after received a call from Stacey’s mom. Dan found him and encouraged him to go back and complete the program, but no one could not force Stacey. The decision had to be his own. Shortly after, Teresa lost her job and her place to live. Both were homeless now and living in the San Diego River bottom. After a few months of living like that, Stacey decided the best thing they could do is to give up the drinking and smoking pot, he convinced Teresa that he needed to get their lives right with God again, Knowing they would be separated, they went into the San Diego Rescue Mission Recovery Program.
UPDATE: We are proud to report that two weeks ago, one of our pastors was invited by Stacey and Teresa to attend their graduation from the 12-month program. Both spoke on how God has truly blessed and restored their lives. Stacey has now been blessed with a great corporate job, they plan on getting married on May 25th and sharing their life serving God together! May God continue to richly bless their lives. We love happy endings!!!
We’re amazed by the work of the Lord as we are witnessing MIRACLES! Friday, after our with the SD Workforce Partnership training, we all experienced a wonderful turn of events begin to unfold before us, which left us tearful and overcome with Joy.
A young man named Bobby was at the career center looking to find employment assistance when he overheard the vision and plans for our organizations tocome together in order to form a partnership that will help the homeless of San Diego find resources for employment, shelter, housing and recovery. Bobby approached us and said that when he began to overhear the vision of SD Dream Center & SD Workforce he sat down and began to listen intently. After the meeting he couldn’t wait to speak with us to let us know that what he heard was desperately needed here in San Diego and he wanted to wish us success with our venture. After a few minutes of speaking with Bobby, he began to open up and explain to us how after being a successful video and cinematographer in Los Angeles he had fallen into a downward spiral of the drug and party scene. Subsequently, he lost everything so he decided to return home to San Diego to start over and try to rebuild his life. However, after arriving here his father had passed away and filled with grief he became even more depressed and found himself lost and not being able to find a job just added to his disparity that led him to become homeless, after a few months of being in the streets, he began to pray and asked God for help and boy did his prayers get answered! He found so much more than what he was expecting when he simply came in just to fill out paperwork. Immediately a plan was implemented, where both the San Diego Dream Center and SD Workforce staff did exactly what we had been speaking about in our meeting and within 20 minutes Leilani Almazan SDDC Recourse Coordinator jumped into action and Bobbie was on his way to a 1 year rehabilitation and recovery program. SD Workforce staff made a commitment to Bobbie that once he successfully completed the program the entire staff at San Diego Metro Region Career Center would be waiting for him to assist him with obtaining employment. The excitement and joy that filled that office was so overwhelming, that we were all overcome with such a sense of WOW! And yes that just happened, a “MIRACLE”!
Maxine Suka, Program Manager for the San Diego Metro Region Career Center said, “What an amazing partnership we have just started”! We have all been touched by Bob’s story! The work that we all do impacts the lives of one person at a time…we have witnessed it with Bob today at the center. He is committed to make a difference in his life and we all, as partners, will see him through it.”
Bobby (center with his application on hand), Leilani Hugo Alamazan (far left), Maxine Suka, Program Manager SD Workforce (left of Bobby) and Pastor James Merino (far right)