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In Support of Black Media

April 21, 2020

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, black media is on the frontline providing reliable information to the communities they service. We are especially proud of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, that at the direction of their Publisher, Dr. John Warren made their online newspapers free and began to keep their constituents educated and informed daily. Dr. Warren went even a step further and began to provide hardship copies of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint weekly to thousands of food distribution bags given to in-need families in our community at no cost. 

The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint is a shining example of leadership and should be celebrated for their love and respect of the communities they service. 

I encourage the continued support of black media and the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint for, “A people without a voice can not be heard”.

Thank you,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Domestic Violence Resources

Being cooped up can make bad situations worse. Even in the midst of COVID-19, help is available. The San Diego County District Attorney‘s Office says:

Any person in need of a Temporary Restraining Order in North County or Central San Diego should contact (619) 235-5656, x118 for assistance in English or x102 for assistance in Spanish.  This applies for domestic violence, elder abuse, and civil harassment TROs. If the person is in need of help in East County, they should contact 619 235-5656 x 122 for English and Spanish.  As of now, all work will be conducted by phone and email, where possible, but filing TROs will still be possible. Call in numbers will also be posted on TRO clinic doors at the courthouses.  Services for South Bay is run by a different organization. 

CARE Center Service Directory

Need something? These are the folks the CARE Centers call on.

In what capacity?
Until When?
Mental Health
AdelanteMental Health 934-5770855 3rd Avenue, Suite 1110 Chula Vista, CA 91911 Must have medical necessity, homeless riskYesMental Health
Alpha Project Bridge ShelterShelter 568-86481501 Newton Ave, San Diego, CA 92113Yes (but full)Call daily for availabilityShelter
Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery CenterMental Health 233-34321963 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 9210118-24Specialized services for TAY 18-24 and Latino adults 18+YesTelecommunication; New clients must call Jane Westin Center for referralMental Health
B.R.I.D.G.E. Project 452-36708825 Aero Dr., Ste. 215 San Diego, CA 9212318+Yes
California Pop-Up Virtual CampSchool
Carol's HouseShelter(877) 633-1112YesShelter
Casa del Sol (Clubhouse)Mental HealthNoMental Health
Casa Nueva VidaFood, Shelter, Employment 420-3620430 F St. Chula Vista, CA, 91910YesCall for availabilityFoodShelterEmployment
Casa PacificaMental Health 30th St Ste. C San Diego, CA, 9215418+YesMental Health
Class CentralSchool
Corner ClubhouseMental Health 683-74232864 University Ave San Diego, CA, 9210418+Yes (limited)Existing clients only; food distribution by appointmentMental Health
Courage to CallMental Health and(877) 698-7838VeteransYesPeer support and navigationMental Health
Crossroads Family CenterMental Health 441-19071679 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 9202121-YesTelecommunicationMental Health
Del Sur Crisis CenterMental Health 575-4687892 27th St San Diego, CA, 9215418+YesMental Health
Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders in East CountySchool 235-5656 x122YesTelecommunicationM-T: 8:30-5:00; W: 8:30-12:00School
Domestic Violence Clinic, Civil Harassment and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders (English)School 235-5656 x118YesTelecommunicationM-F: 8:30-12:30, 1:30-5:00School
Domestic Violence Clinic, Civil Harassment and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders (Spanish)School 235-5656 x102YesTelecommunicationM-F: 8:30-12:30, 1:30-5:00School
Douglas Young Wellness Recovery CenterMental Health 695-221110717 Camino Ruiz, Ste. 207 San Diego, CA, 9212618+YesTelecommunicationMental Health
Douglas Young Youth & Family ServicesMental Health 300-82827917 Ostrow St. Suite A, San Diego, CA 9211121-YesTelecommunicationMental Health
Downtown IMPACTMental Health 398-2156995 Gateway Center Way # 300, San Diego, CA 9210218+YesIntake takes longer than usual nowMental Health
Dreams for Change Dreams' CuisineFood, Employment 859-052918+NoClasses not offered, refer to Kyra for next stepFoodEmployment
East Corner ClubhouseMental Health 631-04411060 Estes St, El Cajon, CA 9202018+Yes (limited)By appointment onlyMental Health
Esperanza Crisis CenterMental Health 975-9939490 N. Grape St Escondido, CA, 9202518+YesMental Health
Family Justice CenterSchool, Mental Health 533-60001122 Broadway UNIT 200, San Diego, CA 92101Yes (limited)Providing telephonic advocacy, resource referrals, and safety planning services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex traffickingSchoolMental Health
Family Law (Custody, Parentage, Divorce, Support)School 235-5656 x124YesTelecommunicationSchool
Father Joe's VillagesFood, Shelter, Health 466-35373350 E St, San Diego, CA 92102YesFoodShelterHealth
Feeding San DiegoFood 452-36639455 Waples St #135, San Diego, CA 92121YesFood
Food for NonprofitsFood[email protected]12180 Kirkham Rd, Poway, CA 92064Non-profit orgsYesMust pick up in-personFood runs outFood
Halcyon CenterMental Health 579-86851664 Broadway El Cajon, CA, 9202118+YesMental Health
Heartland Recovery Center Mental Health N. Magnolia Ave Ste. 110 El Cajon, CA, 9202018-24; 60+Mental illness and substance use disorderYesTelecommunicationPhone messages onlyMental Health
HHSA (Isolation Request)Shelter, Health 715-2350Call Placement Coordinator ASAPYesM-S; 7am-7pmShelterHealth
IBNC Saturday Shower ProgramShelter 947-6057455 Palm Ave Imperial Beach, CA, 91932NoShelter
ImpactMental Health Gateway Center Way # 300, San Diego, CA 9210218+At risk of being homeless; no after crisis care; must fill out ACT Referal FormYesTelecommunicationM-F 8am-5pmMental Health
Jane Westin CenterMental Health 9th Ave San Diego, CA, 9210118+No health care provider YesWalk-ins accepted; Screened at the door; clients cannot enter with family/friendsM-F 8am-10pmMental Health
Jary Barreto Crisis CenterShelter, Mental Health Logan Ave San Diego, CA, 9211318+acute psychiatric crisis that is not manageable on an outpatient basisYesnormal operation; screening at the doorCheck for availabilityShelterMental Health
JFS FoodmobileFood 637-32108804 Balboa Ave San Diego, CA, 92123YesFood
JFS Safe ParkingShelter 637-3373See WebsiteYesShelter
Ladle Fellowship (Sunday Afternoon meal)Food 232-7513320 Date St. San Diego, CA, 92101YesFood
Mama's KitchenFood 233-62623960 Home Ave, San Diego, CA 92105YesFood
Maria Sardiñas Wellness Recovery Center Mental Health 30th Street, Suite K San Diego, CA 9215418+Mental illness and substance use disorder; Specialized services for TAY 18-24, older adults 60+, and AB109 probationeesYesTelecommunication; Clients can come in for injections and medicationT,TH,F 9am-5pm M,F 9am-8pmMental Health
Meals on Wheels Seniors San DiegoFood 260-61102254 San Diego Ave, Ste 200 San Diego, CA, 92110YesFood
Mobile Adolescent Services TeamMental Health Morena Blvd., Suite 200 San Diego, CA 9211021-Must be enrolled in a San Diego Unified School District school or a Juvenile Court and Community School school.YesTelecommunicationM-F 9am-pmMental Health
New Vistas Crisis CenterMental Health 10th Avenue San Diego, CA 9210118+acute psychiatric crisis that is not manageable on an outpatient basisYesnormal operation; screening at the doorCheck for availabilityMental Health
North County Food BankFood Toll #YesFood
Olive Crest Shelter 459-34721081 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 9210815-24Temporary child foster careYesShelter
PATHFood, Shelter 810-86001250 6th Ave San Diego, CA, 92101Yes FoodShelter
Pregnancy and Family Support CenterFood 270-24913660 Clairemont Dr Ste 4 San Diego, CA, 92117Yes (limited)Food
Project SafehouseShelter 631-64424508 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109Yes Shelter
Rachel Women's Center Eighth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101Yes
Rooted LifeShelter Grand Ave #802 San Diego, CA, 92109 YesShelter
Safe Parking ProgramShelter 497-02365605 Imperial Ave San Diego, CA, 92114Yes (but full)Call daily for availabilityShelter
SAGE LGBT Elder HotlineHealth
Salvation Army Senior Nutrition SiteFood 483-18314170 Balboa Ave San Diego, CA, 92117Yes (limited)Call daily for availabilityFood
San Diego County Office of EducationFood, School WebsiteYesVariesFoodSchool
San Diego Food BankFood Toll #YesFood
San Diego Food Bank Diaper DistributionHealth WebsiteSee websiteYesHealth
San Diego Job Corpshttp://sandiego.jobcorps.gov619-429-23251325 Iris Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932Yes (limited)Only accepting applications for next term.
San Diego Legal Aid SocietySchool S. Euclid Avenue San Diego, CA 92114YesSchool
San Diego LGBT CenterShelter, Health 692-2077 x1013909 Centre St San Diego, CA, 92103Yes (limited)ShelterHealth
San Diego Sustainable Living InstituteFood WebsiteYesVariesFood
San Diego Worker Assistance InitiativeEmployment 492-20004699 Murphy Canyon Road San Diego, CA 9212318+Low wage workersYesEmployment
San Diego Workforce PartnershipSchool, Employment 228-29821111 Bay Blvd E, Chula Vista, CA 91911YesSchoolEmployment
SAY SD Community Assessment TeamMental Health 619-283-9624 x305 4275 El Cajon Blvd. Suite 101 San Diego, CA  92105 6y-18No3-Apr-20Mental Health
Senior Nutrition ProgramFood 478-5109140 E 12th St National City, CA, 91950Yes (limited)Home deliveries onlyFood
Small Business AssociationSchool
South Bay Guidance Wellness Recovery Center 3rd Ave Chula Vista, CA, 9191118+Specialized services for TAY 18-24, older adults 60+, and AB109 probationeesYesWalk-ins accepted, screened at the door; telecommunication for Dr appointments9-pm walk-ins
Turning Point Crisis CenterMental Health South Tremont Street Oceanside, CA 9205418+acute psychiatric crisis that is not manageable on an outpatient basisYesnormal operation; screening at the doorCheck for availabilityMental Health
U-Haul (for college students with valid ID)School WebsiteYes30 days of free self-storageSchool
Undocumented ResourcesHealth, School, School, Employment WebsiteYesCheck for availabilityHealthSchoolSchoolEmployment
UPAC Multicultural Community CounselingMental Health http://www.upacsd.com619-977-05065348 University Ave., Suite 108 San Diego, CA, 92105zip-codeYesServices are given in person in their offices or by telephone.Mental Health
Vista Balboa Crisis Center 233-4399545 Laurel Street San Diego, CA 9210118+acute psychiatric crisis that is not manageable on an outpatient basisYesnormal operation; screening at the doorCheck for availability
West Senior Center (Home Delivered Meals)Food 235-6572 option 11525 Fourth Ave Second Floor, San Diego, CA 92101YesFood
YMCA Childcare Resource ServiceSchool 521-30553333 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108YesCall for availabilitySchool
Youth Assistance CoalitionShelter 412-78592801 B St, San Diego, CA 9210218-26SD YouthYes (limited)Temporary shelter / immediate housing / via appointments only then meet one on oneCall for availabilityShelter

Message from SDG&E: Energy Assistance

We received the following message from our SDG&E community representative:

Dear Community Partners:

SDG&E is very much concerned by the economic hardship that many of our non-profit partners and the people that you serve are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).  

We want to remind you of SDG&E’s direct assistance programs that can help people experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19.  Many may qualify for SDG&E assistance programs and bill discount programs.  Those programs are available at and include the following:

• California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE): Provides a 30% or more discount on monthly bills for customers with qualifying current household income or customers who are participating in certain public assistance programs.  

• Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA): If a customer doesn’t qualify for CARE, they may qualify for FERA, which provides income-qualified households of three or more with a reduced electric rate (12%) on their monthly bill. 

• Medical Baseline Allowance: Customers who have a qualifying medical need or necessarily use a medical device (i.e. for a compromised immune system, life-threatening illness, or any condition where additional heating and air conditioning or a qualifying device is medically necessary to sustain a person’s life) are eligible for a significant discount on their energy bill.  Household income is not a factor for qualifying, but a doctor’s certification on the application is required. 

If you are aware of people that have been economically affected by COVID-19 who might benefit from these programs, please forward this message to them and welcome them to apply for assistance.  

These programs are in addition to measures that we have taken to help our non-profit partners meet the challenges of COVID-19.  We have accelerated our philanthropic giving initiatives to provide resources as soon as possible to our non-profit partners, many of whom have shifted their programming to provide basic needs in their communities.  SDG&E has also dedicated resources to support food, income, utility, and rental assistance to impacted workers through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation (for non-profits), the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative at the United Way (for impacted workers), and the SDG&E Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund at the United Way (utility bill assistance accessible by calling 2-1-1).

We will get through this, and SDG&E is here to help.  For a more complete list of how we are helping communities through this pandemic, please visit

Full disclosure: SDG&E has been generous with their sponsorship of the NAACP San Diego Branch and its youth programs.

The Nat

Looking for educational activities for kids? The San Diego Natural History Museum has lesson plans, online activities, and more for teachers and parents. While many were designed to be used during a museum visit, they contain good background information that is easily accessible for parents offering lessons from home. More.

Education Resources

Our scientists are out in the field-and working from home-to document and identify specimens, survey wildlife for existing research projects, and more. Learn about what we’re up to-our science blog will keep you up to date. More.

March 28th Food Distribution

Emergency Food Distribution on Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley – Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Special Large-scale Emergency Food Distribution for 1,000 Families (1,000 Vehicles) at SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium) Saturday, March 28, 2020 9 a.m. until the food is gone WHAT: The San Diego Food Bank and the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council will host a large-scale “drive-thru” food distribution for low-income families and those affected by the…


We need to keep the vulnerable among us safe during this epidemic. We will be link to reputable and local information from this page.

CDC Advice on Staying Safe:

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San Diego County Information on COVID-19:

Coronavirus Disease 2019

Medical Equipment Donations Organizations or individuals can donate masks, gowns, face shields and more through a partnership with Rady Children’s Foundation and Rock Church. Volunteer opportunities Find ways to volunteer, including health care volunteers. Organizations can list volunteer opportunities. Visit JustServe.

City of San Diego Information on COVID-19:

Coronavirus Information

Protecting the health of all San Diegans is our top priority. The City of San Diego is taking measures in consultation with and at the direction of, County public health officials to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

California State Information on COVID-19:

California Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

California is issuing daily coronavirus updates. COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Check this website for the latest updates and resources.

More Resources

Information for Patients from California Partnership for Access to Treatment

During these uncertain times, we at CPAT want to make sure you have access to all of the latest news and information about COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel strain of coronavirus.

Our partners at Healthcare Ready have pulled together resources for patients during these difficult times. These resources include information on how to access telehealth services if you are on Medicare, as well as mental health resources for managing stress and anxiety, and health preparedness tips. This information and more can be found here. Healthcare Ready has an alert system, be sure to sign up for their updates on their website to continue to receive the latest information on COVID-19 and any updated resources for patients.

In California, we have the California Department of Public Health providing updates on the situation statewide, along with instructions on what you should do if you have symptoms of the virus, why it is critical to practice social distancing, and how the state is responding to the pandemic. For the latest on COVID-19 from a nationwide level, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Check your local city and county websites for the latest on the COVID-19 response in your area.

For those with prescriptions or who have loved with prescription medications, theMedicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is available to help connect you to the resources offered by various biopharmaceutical industry programs, including copay cards and rebates. This tool connects patients, no matter their income level, with over 900 resources that could help them afford the medicines they need and better understand their health care costs.

Mental Health Information

Please seek help from stress and worry! Getting the help you need is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that you are determined to do everything you can to get yourself and your loved ones through this pandemic.

Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240
San Diego County COVID-19 Mental Health Webpage

Resource Listing from the San Diego County DA

The DA has made a great list, which you can find here.

Resources from the National Association


Financial Articles; Unemployment, Small Business Loans, etc


KPBS Member? Some Good Programs to Stream

The following was sent to us by a member of both the NAACP and KPBS; these look to be great programs!

Take a deep dive into African American history with these great programs that profile fascinating people and stories
Nine Impactful Programs About Black Lives in America  We have a great selection of videos for Black History Month that are available on the PBS Video appwhich you can download on any device where you watch streaming video. PBS Video is available for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV and more – just check the app store on your favorite device.  A couple of these shows are exclusive to members like you who have your digital member benefit, KPBS Passport! If you haven’t activated your Passport account yet, click here to get started (and if you have difficulty, watch this step-by-step video).

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War  Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s documentary series “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change.  The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy. This series tells the full story of this misrepresented and misunderstood chapter of American history.*Passport exclusive 

 The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution  A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent ’60s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” sheds light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history. Weaving together rare footage with voices of those who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that still feels timely.  

 Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop  Two decades after the album’s critically acclaimed release, Nas teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to stage a symphonic rendition of “Illmatic,” one of the most revered albums in hip-hop history.* Passport exclusive

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities  The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” the story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. 

 Say It Loud  “Say It Loud” is a PBS Digital Studios series that celebrates Black culture, context, and history. Hosts Evelyn from the Internets and Azie Dungey give you a comedic take on identity and pop culture, from Black pride movements to Black Twitter. The show explores the complexity of Black experience and finds joy in the many ways Black folks have influenced American life.  Episodes explore such topics and figures as soul food, Richard Pryor, Missy Elliott and Black inventors.

The First Rainbow Coalition  In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party formed alliances across ethnic and racial lines with other community-based movements in the city, including Latino group the Young Lords and southern whites the Young Patriots. Banding together in one of America’s most segregated cities to confront issues like police brutality and substandard housing, they called themselves the Rainbow Coalition. 

 John Lewis – Get in the Way  The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis grew up in rural isolation, seemingly destined to a bleak, segregation-imposed future. But his fate took a different turn, and Lewis rose from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices customarily go unheard.   Follow his journey from the Selma March in 1965, where Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence, to the 21st century, where he came to be considered the conscience of Congress.  

We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer  Ann Curry hosts this series featuring dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. View history through their eyes and hear stories of heroism, hope and the forging of unbreakable bonds.  In the show’s first season, “Freedom Summer” (Season 1, Episode 5) features the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement.   Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice. *Passport exclusive

American Creed  Join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs, an American creed, can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.   This special features an array of citizen-activists including baseball manager Joe Maddon, author Junot Díaz, Marine Tegan Griffith, and political organizers Joan Blades and Mark Meckler as they strive to bring communities together across deep divides.  

With your membership benefit KPBS Passport, you’ll get extended access to stream full seasons of your favorite public television shows on the PBS app on any device.  If you haven’t activated your KPBS Passport account yet, click here to get started(And if you have any difficulty, watch our instructional video and check the Passport FAQs)PBS VideoThe PBS Video app lets you stream 4000+ of your favorite PBS shows and local KPBS programs on demand, anytime, anywhere. You can download the PBS Video app on any device where you watch streaming video.   PBS Video is available for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV and more – just check the app store on your favorite device.