HOUSING THAT SUPPORTS
BSL provided housing to
women in 2020.
nutritious meals each month.
Even with her steady retail job, Jane* found it difficult to make ends meet. Recently, she fell upon hard times because of the pandemic related recession. Customers became few and far between.
Jane was also struggling with a domestic violence situation, as well as mental health. When Jane was suddenly laid off, she was unable to continue paying rent and was soon evicted. Adding to her problems, was a violent partner she had to leave, and Jane ended up on the streets. Enduring life on the streets was unbearable, especially since she was suffering from various mental health issues.
After suffering a breakdown, Jane was admitted to a local mental health hospital.
While at the hospital, Jane got the help she needed for a better future. She was connected to BSL just prior to discharge and became a tenant at our Redwood house. Jane credits BSL staff for getting her back on her feet.
Thanks to BSL's comprehensive services, Jane was able to gain much needed stability in her life. Her new home has helped her heal, and now she can concentrate on gaining the experience and life-skills needed to become self sufficient. Her positive attitude has affected many at BSL, including residents and staff.
BSL BY THE NUMBERS
In 2020, the Big Sister League of San Diego became dog friendly! The executive director started a program of dog fostering for the residents at our Redwood house. With the help of the Frosted Faces Foundation, BSL is now fostering senior dogs and giving them a second chance for a happy life.
Not only have these gray faces brought joy to our residents, but fostering has given our residence a sense of purpose. The unconditional love provided by dogs can help many of our residents learn how to trust again.
According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), studies show that dogs can contribute to people's happiness. Dogs reduce anxiety, stress, and ease loneliness.