The inaugural, Rachel’s Brunch, a benefit for Rachel’s House, which is run by San Diego’s Catholic Charities to provide services for homeless women and their children, nearly reached its goal of $500,000, Sunday, Sept. 9 on the grounds of Joan Waitt’s estate in La Jolla.
Singer/songwriter Jewel (in town for a concert at Humphrey’s) performed following inspirational speeches, brunch catered by Campine, and a live auction.
Restaurateur James Brennan, with honorary chairs Joan Waitt and Betsy Manchester, organized the fundraiser.
Catholic Charities opened San Diego’s first program for women in 1984, Rachel’s Women’s Center, to provide a safe place for woman to escape the violence and torment of life on the street. Each year thousands seek refuge from the realities of life on the streets at one of Rachel’s programs.
According to Sister RayMonda DuVall and her team at Rachel’s, the population of homeless women in San Diego is growing. Female veterans returning home with lives shattered by their wartime experiences are overshadowing domestic violence, unemployment and metal illness — the traditional causes of homelessness for women. Learn more at ccdsd.org
Photos by Susan DeMaggio