Rescue mission, Season of Service team up for Sleepless San Diego

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POINT LOMA, Calif. — Sleepless San Diego will host its fourth annual outdoor sleepover April 24 and 25 at Liberty Station. An accompanying Expo Fair will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from the sleepover, which runs from 3 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, will assist San Diego's 10,000 homeless men, many of them served by the San Diego Rescue Mission, sponsors of the event. All sleepers must register and check in by 9 p.m. Private security will be in place continuously throughout the night.

In addition to raising funds, the event is designed to raise understanding about the plight of the homeless. As a result, the event will be held rain or shine.

"The homeless sleep outside even in unfavorable weather," the event literature reads.

Sleepless will feature live music from local artists and musical groups, testimonies from people helped at the Rescue Mission and other Sleepless Alliance partner non-profit organizations and a big screen movie about homelessness.

The expo will provide activities to help the homeless, educational seminars, games and Sleepless-related products. Food and beverage vendors will also be on-site. A special wake-up sunrise program is planned.

Operating similar to a walkathon, participants will have family & friends sponsor them to raise money to help the homeless. There is a $25 registration fee per sleeper, which counts toward the minimum fundraising goal of $55 per sleeper.

Each sleeper will have opportunities to use a cot or cardboard to experience the homeless condition. The ministry's Web site contains more information on what to expect for the overnighter.


Season of Service kick-off
Although already well established in the community, this year's promotion will be complemented by the kick-off to Season of Service, a five-month emphasis of community service, coordinated by the Luis Palau Association. Thousands of hours of volunteer time are expected to be donated in the coming months to assist in the five critical impact areas of homelessness, hunger, schools, military and mentoring. In addition, organizers of other existing projects are being encouraged to come under the Season of Service umbrella so that detailed records of the citywide accomplishments can be documented.

Among the early postings seeking volunteers are a tutoring team at Kearny High School, a summer kids' camp and outreach to Linda Vista, the United Postal Service annual food drive, letter writing to children in Africa and a school beautification project at Hawthorne Elementary.


Additional highlights
Metro mentoring
Metro United Methodist Urban Ministry offers mentor orientation and training at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Metro's ministry program helps to empower youth in the community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. Sessions are held at 6154 Mission Gorge Road, Suite 104 in San Diego. Contact Charles W. Patmon Jr., www.metrosandiego.org.

Military outreach
San Diego Military Outreach Ministries, which hosts distribution events eight times a month, is looking for volunteers to assist in collecting and stocking donated household goods and children's supplies, filling food bags and organizing community food drives. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and some weekends. 4426 Harbinson Ave. Contact Barbara Chavez, Email: barbara@sandiegomom.org.

Home builders
Amor Ministries House Build sessions will be held beginning May 1. The sessions include two one-day builds on May 1 and Oct. 9 and two three-day trips on Aug. 13 to 15 and Sept. 3 to 5 May 29 to 31. 1664 Precision Park Lane. Contact Andrea Imel at (619) 662-1200, www.amor.org.

Building hope
Come Build Hope 2010 will host its annual Memorial Day project from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. About 400 mission trip participants, in conjunction with Amor Ministries, travel to Baja to build casas for Mexican families in Baja. Tools, transportation, food and lodging are provided. The participant cost is $400. Partner churches include Northminster Presbyterian Church, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church and Village Community Church. 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Contact John Steel, www.solanapres.org.

Christmas in July
San Diego Rescue Mission will host its annual mid-year collection of goods from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 24 and 25 at Village Community Church, 6225 Paseo Delicious in Rancho Santa Fe. Contact Pastor Jan Farley, www.villagechurch.org.

This work season of projects will culminate with the Sept. 11 and 12 CityFest, a two-day celebration festival featuring music, extreme sports and activities for children, scheduled for Mission Bay Park. Evangelist Luis Palau will deliver a message each evening.


For more information on Sleepless San Diego, visit www.sdrescue.org.
For more information on the SOS projects, visit www.sandiegocityfest.com go to the Season of Service link and click on projects.

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