Through the Interfaith Council of La Mesa, our Social Justice Ministry learned of a special fund designed to provide grants to cover security deposits for families trying to escape homelessness. All the families are referred by school counselors in the La Mesa Spring Valley School District, after demonstrating their capacity to pay the rent sustainably. The grants are a “hand up”, not “hand out”.
With the blessings of Father Chris, our ministry chose to become a contributing member to the Interfaith Council by donating to this fund. In 2016, Housing for Homeless Students assisted five families with getting into permanent, stable housing, with a total of $6,080 in grant money. It is estimated that there are approximately 500 homeless students enrolled in LMSV schools. All families are screened to determine if they are able to continue with the rent payments. Parishioner, Sister LaVern Olberding is one of the screeners. Additional information maybe found on the Interfaith Council of La Mesa website: interfaithlamesa.org
“THIS IS WHAT COMMUNITY IS ALL ABOUT”