Tears, Laughter, and Everything it Takes to Escape Homelessness

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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 two coworkers; Daniel Sturman, Shelter Intake Specialist, and Anna Mades, Social Worker - Homeless Outreach Team OPD (Oceanside Police Department).

Greg, Shawn, Anna, and Daniel in the podcast studio.

Greg, Shawn, Anna, and Daniel in the podcast studio.

Daniel and Anna also introduce Shawn, who up until two months ago was experiencing homelessness for 15 years. Shawn shares her journey, the trials and tribulations she had to overcome, while Daniel and Anna discuss how they met Shawn, the 'choice words' they sometimes have to deal with in their line of work, and ultimately the strength they see within people like Shawn who are the reason they do what they do. They laugh, they cry, they get real - so our listeners have the opportunity to truly understand homelessness.

Calls to Action:

  • Donate to Interfaith Community Services to help more people like Shawn escape homelessness - Sometimes we encounter individuals who appear homeless and do not give because they may use it inappropriately. Daniel wishes to challenge people to take that sense of fear of giving and find solace in knowing that a donation to Interfaith is guaranteed to be used effectively and will change lives for the better.

    • Contribute to Offering Hope in Housing - make a monetary gift to benefit Interfaith by clicking here or mail your contribution to 550 W. Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025

    • Donate to Make It A Home - provide the dignity of a comfortable home for those we house by donating lightly used furniture and new household items. For questions or to schedule a pick-up or drop-off, please call 760-489-6380 ext. 206.

    • Donate warm blankets and jackets, for those in Interfaith’s Haven House Shelter and directly to Oceanside HOT and other homeless outreach teams

  • Try not to judge people by what you see and instead offer someone in need the resources that can help them escape homelessness:

    • Oceanside Police Department Homeless Outreach Team: 760-435-4418, 307 N Nevada Street, Oceanside, CA

    • Daniel’s Walk-in Screenings are on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 8:00am - 10:00am at 550 W. Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025

    • Interfaith Community Services: 760-489-6380