This review will probably get me kicked out of here and that's ok. They are always changing the rules I've watched them swoop in and put people in the streets for eating at their beds and then other people openly eat and they don't do anything. We are told we have to wear a mask but I watch them gathering with 4-7 people much closer than 6 feet like a foot laughing and having a good time as if their actions won't affect us. I'm more in danger of catching something from them than my homeless counterparts. Why is it when you give someone a small in they they think they are king Kong. Something really needs to be done about the gross inadequacy at this shelter. I've gotten burned in the handycap showers as the water is set to hot. When I complained I was told I should appreciate a shower. I told her that I do appreciate a shower I just don't appreciate being scolded every time I took a shower. They still haven't done anything with the water. In my opinion that is elder and handicap abuse especially letting it continue. People are afraid to complain as they don't want to lose there bed. Please don't believe everything you see and hear on the news as it's not all true.
My son and I have worked closely with Alpha Project the last several years to start a work program for the homeless, Wheels of Change. Alpha Project has done an amazing job implementing and running this program for the homeless. Workers have the chance to go out and clean up trash in the community and get paid $13/hr. The participants love it and over 50 cities have come to visit Alpha Project to have a look at the program. Can’t say enough positive things about Bob McElroy and all the staff at Alpha. They are about change and making good things happen on a skeleton budget. We have personally donated and will donate again this year. This is a great place to help people. Cheers!
Review from Guidestar
My sister has been part of the Alpha team for 13 years and I've visited many of their programs. I've been so impressed by the passion and dedication the staff has for those they serve. I'm glad there are folks who are so gifted in helping others.
I have been involved with Alpha Project for over 12 years and most recent (3 yrs) as a board member. I am still amazed at Alpha's projects ability to serve those needing help in a way that is respectful and give them back some dignity to break the cycle. The success rate speaks for itself and the best part is the efficiency it accomplishes this success. Oher like kind charities are not as successful in this area and require more money to achieve less.
I have been a proud member of the Alpha Board for quite a while and cannot say enough good things about the organization. They have the most loyal staff, some of them graduates of the Casa Rafael program . The program rehabilitates the homeless and brings them back into the workforce thus giving them a new start on a productive life. I have hired Alpha graduates to do various jobs for me and these people have the best work ethic I have witnessed in many a year. They appreciate the work and do a terrific job. Alpha also finds housing and various medical services for the homeless many of whom are senior citizens who cannot live on their Social Security. Other services for drug and alcohol abuse, mental disorders and work training are readily available. All of these services are a win win situation for many of the homeless and the city of San Diego. Bob McElroy, the founder of Alpha Project is truly a gift to the people of San Diego as well as the staff of the most dedicated people I have ever know. Alpha instills in its clients a sense of self worth and the desire to help others. This is a huge recipe for success and a great gift fo humanity.
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.
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.
Alpha Project is providing a service to a population that is unfortunately growing in San Diego and doing so very cost effectively unlike other organization that are similar. The Alpha team is dedicated to turning around the lives of individuals that most citizens have written off. Their track record is a testiment to the successes they have had with turning around a homeless person's life. We need more suppor to of this organization from our local government officials!!