Thank You – JLSD Food & Wine Festival 2018!

Thank you so much for attending the 2018 Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival! With your help, we raised more than $100,000 for the League and it’s mission-based community projects! Through your generosity, JLSD will continue to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego through programs such as Brand of Brothers and Solutions Summit, advocate for victims and build partnerships to end human trafficking in our community, and work tirelessly to develop strong and successful women leaders. You are a part of our success and we appreciate you!

Through your generosity, JLSD will continue to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego through programs such as Brand of Brothers and Solutions Summit, advocate for victims and build partnerships to end human trafficking in our community, and work tirelessly to develop strong and successful women leaders. You are a part of our success and we appreciate you!

Thank you also to our amazing vendors, corporate sponsors and media partners who make this occasion the premier JLSD fundraising event of the year!

This year we were fortunate enough to partner with many long-time and new vendors.  We love seeing so many people committed to improving the lives of transition-age foster youth and supporting our women’s based organization!

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JLSD Community Partner Spotlight: Urban Street Angels

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Urban Street Angels, founded in 2012, is a non-profit addressing youth homelessness in San Diego, CA and beyond. They began as a small group of volunteers hitting the streets of Ocean Beach several times a month, with backpacks of supplies and home-cooked meals to hand out. They quickly discovered that San Diego has a vast number of resources dedicated toward feeding and supplying the homeless. However, a key service was missing – transitional housing and work programs for transition-aged youth.

Their current mission aims to end youth homelessness by providing supportive housing and job training to cultivate personal responsibility. Urban Street Angels operates an emergency overnight shelter for 20-25, which provides much needed love and support for San Diego’s young homeless population. Their shelter currently operates on Tuesday nights at Mission Gathering Church in North Park, and on two or more Fridays a month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

In addition to addressing the immediate needs of San Diego’s homeless youth, many of their shelter guests go on to join their housing and transitional employment, 8 West, where they receive the training and support necessary to leave the streets behind for good. The 8 West team members make and sell organic soaps and artisan products, creating an income to help offset the costs of operating the shelters and empowering the youth.

JLSD has partnered with Urban Street Angels for 4 years, contributing hundreds of dollars worth of hygiene supplies through annual Impact Shift drives, and providing dinners at their shelter coordinated through JLSD’s Impact Committee. This year, ​​Urban Street Angel’s Director of Operations also presented at our annual Community Partner Breakfast and brought tears to the eyes of our “sold out” event. 

Social Workers from Urban Street Angels/8 West attended Solutions Summit​ and  Brand of Brothers to share their mission and collaborate on ways to help transition age youth in San Diego.