ENCINITAS — The Help for the Homeless Club, at San Dieguito Academy High School in Encinitas, presented its $376 of profits from a recent benefit event on campus to the San Diego Alpha Projects.
The Alpha Project for the Homeless is a nonprofit human services organization that provides affordable housing, residential substance abuse treatment, supportive housing for people with special needs, basic and emergency services for the homeless, transportation assistance, mental health counseling, employment training, preparation and placement, emergency shelter, HIV/AIDS, education, outreach and prevention, and community services.
“We chose The Alpha Project because it supports the homeless getting back on their feet by teaching them important life skills, such as job training,” said SDAHS senior and club President Courtney Haller. “We hope to make this event an annual one at San Dieguito Academy, that will take place in the fall. The students in the club have come to appreciate what they have as well as learn about how to give back to others.”
The club’s fundraiser featured a speaker from the Storefront Shelter to help raise awareness about the homeless population along with live entertainment.
Club members frequently volunteer at area soup kitchens and members have volunteered at the San Diego Foodbank and Community Resource Center, as well. During the past summer, the group also hosted a summer camp for residents of a women’s shelter.