This Could Happen To You

On this episode of ‘Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,’ host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, welcomes Stacey Proctor, Executive Director of Operation Hope Vista, to the podcast. Founded in 2003, Operation Hope Vista runs a 90-day intensive case management shelter program for women and families with children in Vista, CA and serves a real niche in the community as one of the few shelters available for families and single parents with kids.

Stacey also intriduces Faith, a client of Operaiton Hope Vista, who currently lives in the shelter with her 12-year old daughter. Faith shares with listeners her journey of being a very successful professional to living on the streets after enduring a series of setbacks over the course of the last year. She explains to Greg how families are often the “hidden homeless” that are difficult to identify, as well as a few compelling calls to action for those looking to make a difference in the homeless community.

Calls to Action:

  • Organizations like Operation Hope Vista are always in need of both financial support, as well as in-kind goods such as dry food, sack lunch supplies, paper goods, and more. Get in touch with them by clicking here to make your donation today.

  • In addition, this time of year Operation Hope Vista is also collecting items that can be given as holiday gifts this giving season. Items needed include gift cards, toys, clothing, and more. To get involved with holiday gift giving, please click here.

  • As Stacey mentioned, your local business or organization can help the Faith’s of the world by giving them a chance at either employment or an internship! If you have an open position at your employer that you believe Faith would be a good fit for, please let Stacey know.