Bonus Episode: Ellis Overcomes Homelessness

On this bonus episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, invites Ellis Rose back to the podcast to finish sharing his story. When we left off, Ellis was sleeping on the street on the coldest night of the year. The two discuss the extreme difficulties faced by those attempting to overcome homelessness, and Ellis shares how he was able to finally find his way off the streets, once and for all.

Calls to Action:

  • As Greg and Ellis discuss, often lost in the representation of the homeless, are those voices who are actually experiencing it. You can make a difference by contacting the City of San Diego and the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors to encourage the formation of an Advisory Committee to represent those voices.

    • City of San Diego

      • Contact the City: 619-533-4000

      • Contact your elected official; a list of contact information can be found by clicking here

    • County Board of Supervisors

      • District 1 - Supervisor Greg Cox: 619-531-5511, greg.cox@sdcounty.ca.gov

      • District 2 - Supervisor Dianne Jacob: 619-531-5522, dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

      • District 3 - Supervisor Kristen Gaspar: 619-531-5533, kristin.gaspar@sdcounty.ca.gov

      • District 4 - Supervisor Nathan Fletcher: 619-531-5544, nathan.fletcher@sdcounty.ca.gov

      • District 5 - Supervisor Jim Desmond: jim.desmond@sdcounty.ca.gov

How You End Up Homeless: Ellis' Story

Ellis Rose

Ellis Rose

On this episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, welcomes Ellis Rose, who holds the ‘Homeless/ Formerly Homeless’ board seat on San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless. As a fellow board member (Greg holds the ‘Homeless Service Provider - North Coastal’ board seat), the two discuss the realities around what’s being done about the big issue - and what’s not, that should be.

Ellis shares his story of how he ended up facing homelessness, and the life circumstances that led him from being a homeowner, to living in his car, to eventually his worst fear- sleeping on the streets.

Calls to Action:

  • Sign up to be a volunteer for WeAllCount - the San Diego Point-in-Time-Count, which is a federally mandated census of homeless persons - taking place throughout San Diego County January 25-27, 2019. You will join more than 1,600 other volunteers to help make an impact on homelessness in San Diego. To register and for more information, click here

Helping Our Homeless Seniors and the Role of Affordable Housing

Bruce, a formerly homeless senior, in his apartment.

Bruce, a formerly homeless senior, in his apartment.

On this episode of ‘Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,’ host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, is joined by Rebecca Louie, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation. Wakeland is a leader in the creation and operation of affordable housing in California that address the needs of our communities.

Bruce’s unit in San Diego.

Bruce’s unit in San Diego.

Rebecca also introduces Bruce, a resident of supportive housing Wakeland has built in San Diego. Bruce is a Vietnam veteran who had a successful career in construction. After severe health problems led him to lose his job when he was in his late 60s, he became homeless. Bruce shares his story from experiencing homelessness as a senior to how affordable housing helped save his life.

Calls to Action:

  • Give your time to something you care about - as Bruce explains, “it takes a lot of people to make everything run and it takes a lot of money”

  • Learn more about one of the programs Bruce discusses on the show: St. Paul’s Senior Services

  • Be a vocal YIMBY (yes in my backyard) to show policy makers that you want affordable housing in your community

  • If you’re interested in viewing Wakeland’s affordable housing units Rebecca mentioned, please click here

An Opportunity to Live a Lawful Life

Steve Binder, Co-founder of Homeless Court

Steve Binder, Co-founder of Homeless Court

On this episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, is joined by Steve Binder, Deputy Public Defender and Co-founder of innovative court program: Homeless Court.

Homeless Court Program in action.

Homeless Court Program in action.

Steve and Greg discuss the game-changing court program that helps homeless individuals get back on their feet and leave the streets. Steve provides listeners with a behind-the-scenes look at the origination of Homeless Court in San Diego, how the program works, and the national expansion of this first-of-its-kind program.

Calls to Action:

  • Request that our officials cease using the criminal justice system as a way to cite/arrest homeless people and, instead, to fund programs and strengthen opportunity for people struggling with homelessness

  • Learn more about the Homeless Court Program in San Diego by clicking here

  • Voice your support of Homeless Court by reaching out to the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty

Love is Worth Living For

Jill in her office, where she has worked for 7.5 years.

Jill in her office, where she has worked for 7.5 years.

On this episode of ‘Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,’ host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, is joined by Deacon Jim Vargas, CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. Established in 1950, Father Joe’s Villages has a mission to end and prevent homelessness, one life at a time.

Deacon Jim also introduces Jill, a former client of Father Joe’s Villages who shares her story from broken and hopeless, experiencing homelessness for 10 years, to her decision that love was worth living for.

Calls to Action:

  • Reach out. If you know someone who needs help, connect with them and encourage them to seek services to begin to rebuild their life.

  • Volunteer with organizations like Father Joe’s Villages and Interfaith Community Services - both organizations rely on help from thousands of volunteers each year.

  • Donate, or as Jill says, “Give. Give. Give.” Your donation translates to services that help people like Jill overcome homelessness.

Exploring Life on the Street in San Diego

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On this episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, is joined by Dennis Stein, filmmaker of "Tony - The Movie." Greg and Dennis also welcome Tony Rodriguez, star of the movie and native San Diegan to discuss his experience with homelessness.

Dennis and Tony provide listeners with a behind-the-scenes look at how the documentary developed- growing from a film about life on the streets, to also embracing a focus on understanding solutions. What do communities do to significantly reduce homelessness? What is happening in San Diego? And does Tony find housing?

Calls to Action:

  • Watch “Tony - The Movie” to learn more about Tony’s story, life on the street, and solutions

  • Reach out to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless and your elected officials to show your support for a regional long-term plan to address homelessness in San Diego

  • If you are a small business owner and interested in learning more about Business for Good that Dennis discusses, please click here.

Being Homeless Sticks With You

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On this episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, welcomes Jim Harris, President of the University of San Diego. Jim shares that his passion for helping those experiencing poverty came from hearing his parent's stories of growing up during the Great Depression, and how he even experienced his own bout of homelessness in college when he was forced to live out of his car.

Greg and Jim also discuss what USD is doing surrounding the issue of homelessness in San Diego, how the trauma and fear one experiences while being homeless is life-long, and what those who are looking to help those in need can do to truly make a difference.

Building Houses For The Homeless

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On this episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, is joined by Ginger Hitzke, low-income housing developer and owner of Hitzke Development Corporation. With a long-standing passion for helping the homeless, Ginger and her team build affordable housing units across San Diego County, as well as supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals looking to get rehoused.

Ginger also introduces her guest, friend, and co-worker Carol: a San Diego native who found herself homeless for the first time earlier this year. Carol shares her physical and emotional struggles with homelessness, and details how she received multiple tickets for "illegal lodging" while laying down in a sleeping bag behind Home Depot. Carol and Ginger also recount their journey from strangers, to friends, to colleagues and how today, Ginger is living and working at a Hitzke Development property in Lemon Grove with what she calls a second chance at life.

Calls to Action:

  • Reach out to your local elected officials to advocate for more housing in your city; set a calendar reminder for March 1st and send them an email

  • Support local measures that create more affordable housing

  • Donate in-kind items to organizations such as Crisis House and Interfaith Community Services (click here for a current “needs list”)

No Veteran Should Live On The Street

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On this episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, is joined by colleague Mitchell Snow, Case Manager for Homeless Veterans at Interfaith. Mitchell shares with listeners his path from Interfaith volunteer, to intern, to staff person and how earning his Masters in Social Work from USC defined his life's work helping homeless veterans move off of the streets, into transitional housing, and eventually into homes of their own.

Mitchell then introduces Phillip, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam during the 1970's. Phillip shares with listeners his journey transitioning into civilian life, the struggles he faced after becoming incarcerated, and how he has maintained hope through all of life's ups and downs.

Calls to Action:

Helping the Homeless This Holiday Season

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On this episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, is joined by Micki Hickox, Volunteer Services Manager, at Interfaith. Micki shares with Greg how her late grandmother instilled in her a passion for volunteerism at a young age, how she works as a "matchmaker" for volunteers, and how those looking to get involved this holiday season can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families.

Calls to Action:

  • Consider making a monetary gift! On our website, you can dictate to which program you would like your contribution to go, or you can let us know to use your gift where it is needed most.

  • Donate a gift card to an individual or family in need! Gift cards can either be used to supplement Adopt a Family gift bags, or can be passed out to our intake clients during the holiday season.

  • Visit our website to check out a complete listing of both Individual and Group Volunteer Opportunities!