What We Do
BSL provides a stable home for our residents and assist them with obtaining adequate treatment and start on the path toward recovery. Our supportive housing combines affordable housing with coordinated services to enable our residents to live as independently as possible.
Big Sister League of San Diego was established to serve the needs of women and children unable to find suitable housing in San Diego. During the war, many women traveled to San Diego to join husbands and boyfriends only to find that the men had already been sent to fight in the Pacific. Pursuant to local law, any woman without housing and on the street after 10 p.m. was taken to jail and separated from her children who were sent to Hillcrest Receiving Home.
Addressing this crisis, Mrs. Frances Woods and a small group of downtown professional women organized the Big Sister League, and the City of Hillcrest donated a home on Front Street to provide housing for 15 women and their children. Nightly, Mrs. Woods and her colleagues arrived at the jail to advocate on behalf of the homeless women, ultimately providing some of them a safe and comfortable place to stay.
An independent local charitable organization, BSL became a nonprofit corporation in 1942.
SW came to us as an escape from a violently abusive relationship. Her episodes of anxiety were debilitating. Through the support of the BSL staff and her own determination, she is now happily married to a loving man who is supportive of her and her diagnosis. She also spreads mental health awareness and informative presentations for the Meeting Place, a club house for individuals with a mental illness diagnosis.