News from Community Resource Center | September 19, 2019
Dear CRC Supporter,

The first thing I noticed when I walked into my new office one year ago was the white board filled with words of welcome from the staff. Their thoughtfulness touched my heart because I knew their words also represented their hopes. And the one word I’d use to summarize their aspirations is: stability.

With one year behind and an open horizon ahead, CRC is stable.  A key indicator of this is the Strategic Plan and forthcoming Strategic Initiatives Campaign approved by the Board of Directors on September 10. We have a vision for our future and a plan that focuses our attention on several strategic priorities now through 2022... and beyond.

As I start my second year of service to CRC, the new word I'd use to describe the spirit of our organization is: CONFIDENCE.

Not the kind of confidence that’s arrogant, repugnant or self-serving. Never! But the kind of quiet confidence that knows self: built upon the foundation of humility, framed in compassion and finished with steadfast resolve to do our part in helping hungry, homeless and hurting people in our communities.

I hope you’re encouraged by what follows in this newsletter, and inspired to continue even grow your engagement in our Community Resource Center.
John Van Cleef
Executive Director
From living in their car
to driving home
Sarah and Kelly moved to San Diego to care for Sarah’s mother, but with the high cost of rent, they soon found themselves unable to make ends meet and became homeless. The couple lived in their car for over a year and a half until the car broke down and they couldn’t afford to get it fixed. Without a home or a car, Sarah and Kelly thought they would have to live on the streets ...
Be a voice against violence
Domestic violence thrives in silence. But when people speak up and join together, we can end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, CRC and domestic violence advocates around the country will be speaking out to raise awareness about domestic violence in our communities.  Learn how you can help.
Boogie for a cause at our
Saturday, October 5 | Del Mar Fairgrounds
Join us in celebrating CRC's 40th year of service in the community. Purchase your tickets today to be entered into a special raffle for a prize at the event!

Need an outfit? Check out our Resale Stores for some funkadelic 70's and disco attire ideas!
Volunteers continue to keep CRC running strong!

Our Food Pantry and Resale Stores operate with the dedication and compassion of hundreds of volunteers. The 40th Birthday Bash Committee is hard at work planning a fun and meaningful celebration of 40 years. And our Holiday Baskets Captains are already preparing for an incredible season of HOPE for thousands of people! 
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
40th Birthday Bash
Saturday, October 5 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

  • 4:30-6:30 pm: 5 volunteers needed for parking and registration help
  • 5-7 pm: 5 volunteers needed to help with event activities - looking for volunteers with high energy and great people skills!
  • 9:45-11 pm: 8 volunteers needed for our clean-up crew

Contact Sara at  to sign up!
Holiday Baskets
December 5-17 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

  • The GROUP (5 or more) application is now available online. Holiday Baskets Sponsors receive priority scheduling through October 15.

  • The INDIVIDUAL application to volunteer will be available beginning November 1.

Contact Sheri at if you have any questions.
Thank you to our Donors:
Thank you to our 40th Anniversary Sponsors:
Thank you to these community partners for their support!
Thank you to our partners at Exposure Skate for hosting their Feed the Need Skate Rising event on September 14 and collecting food to benefit CRC! These caring young ladies came together to serve and skate and donated 542 food items to provide for hungry families in our community.
Special thanks to the office of Supervisor Kristin Gaspar for presenting CRC with a proclamation in honor of our 40th anniversary, and to our County Supervisors for proclaiming September 10th as "CRC Day."
Community Resource Center | (760) 753-1156 | |
Domestic Violence Hotline: (877) 633-1112