Alpha Project For The Homeless

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services


3737 Fifth Ave Ste #203 San Diego CA 92103 USA


The mission of Alpha Project for the Homeless, Inc., is to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. The agency's many programs and projects are available to all persons in need regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Alpha Project's methodology is firmly entrenched in the idea that homeless individuals are an asset to the community when provided with opportunities rather than handouts. Our programs inspire employment, independence, trust, and dignity by empowering our clients with jobs and appropriate information/referrals. We are proud to offer a unique approach in social service in that we make our clients part of the solution. We provide performance appraisals, disciplinary action, and feedback in regards to their temporary employment with Alpha Project. Our unique approach is derived from the high unemployment recidivism rate that is apparent in basic job placement, which does not provide homeless individuals with the necessary acclamation period and support.

Founded in 1986 as a simple project offering work opportunities for homeless individuals, today Alpha Project operates ten programs from three locations for homeless men and women. In addition, the agency has spawned the creation of 700 units of affordable rental housing projects and has sponsored home ownership programs. Recognized nationally by President George Bush as the country's 185th Point of Light, Alpha Projects focuses on empowering its clients to take personal responsibility for solving problems. Alpha Project strives not to manage homelessness, but rather to end it for its clients. The agency's programs do not aim at making homelessness easier, or less costly, or more tolerable. Alpha Project sees homelessness in part as a moral indictment of our community, and also as a solvable problem with a real end in sight. Alpha Project provides an opportunity -- clients provide the effort.

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Reviews for Alpha Project For The Homeless

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a parent of a graduate of The Alpha Project, I have experienced the program firsthand. With their motto being "a hand up not a hand out," they promote self-reliance and responsibility. They instill confidence as they assist the clients with stepping back into their community and maintaining a positive role. The clients work every day to not just earn their keep but regain their self respect. They are taught life skills and receive the support needed to cement those skills creating a lifestyle of sobriety and self-worth. The Alpha Project not only helped my son be a success, it gave our family hope, which had been missing from our lives for a long time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the success of my son's completion of the program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to earn more towards the program with the many donations they receive, maybe a thrift store or mini swap meet?

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Alpha Project has done so much for my family and many of my friends. I am proud to be the friend of so many graduates of their Vista residential program, Casa Raphael, one of whom is my brother. Today my brother is the Manager of Casa Raphael. The Alpha Project helps people become productive and respected members of society. They do this by helping a person find self respect, instilling them with a good work ethic, and surrounding the clients with people who want nothing but to see them succeed. Thank you Alpha for being there for so many people I care about and love.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced this organization through the success of my brother in their residential program, Casa Raphael.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not have a suggestion for any changes.

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