Mustard Seed Project's mission guided by a hand-up, not hand-out philosophy - is to connect unsheltered and low-income individuals to services and programs through grassroots organization, relationship-based outreach, and volunteer case management.
Everyday in the U.S. there are more than 550K individuals living in homeless situations. Mustard Seed Project is composed entirely of college students and graduates who are dedicated helping our neighbors. With our Volunteer Service Navigation program, we fight homelessness by working one-on-one with individuals to build professional resumes, fill out applications (MediCal, General Relief, CalFresh, housing waitlists, etc.), and file referrals to community resources such as financial, legal, and healthcare services. We believe that if everyone helps in the community, we can end chronic homelessness.
Our Hotline: (619) 494-2226
What we focus on
Our chapters are self-sufficient, with our volunteers governing themselves, recruiting students, hosting fundraisers, and educating the public about homelessness. We offer volunteers opportunities in leadership positions, building professional and life-long skills in social services.
College student volunteers go out in groups of five weekly to densely populated areas of homelessness to provide basic necessities such as food, water, and hygienic products. Through this, we establish relationships in the communities that we serve, as well as figure out how we can better help the individuals we meet.
Homeless Case Management
Volunteer Service Navigators are chosen for their dedication and extensive experience with homelessness. Trained with the tools and best practices to connect homeless individuals to resources and programs, they create person-centered approaches to help our clients achieve their goals.
How you can help
Everyday, over 11,000 women, men and children in San Diego and Riverside are living in constant uncertainty of where they will find their next meal or bed.
Our Commitment to Transparency
Mustard Seed Project's members are all non-paid volunteers, including our leadership team. We rely solely on the support of the communities that we operate in, with 88% of our revenue coming from donations and gifts. Therefore, we understand the importance of building trust with our supporters. Any and all donations we receive will go directly to either helping our clients or continuing the fight against homelessness.