Presbyterian Urban Ministries (PUM)
San Diego Presbytery
Raul Palomino, Director
PUM’s staff and volunteers continue their 40-year tradition of individualized, loving care for each client, “from homelessness to hope.” Due to slashed state budgets, early prison release, and shelter closures, they now see increased need for their services. Last year PUM served 8,304 clients —1,612 of them new — and significantly increased bus passes and family food bags distributed. They partner with other groups to do midweek tutoring for elementary students, and monthly, PUM helps clients obtain their birth certificates and CA IDs at First Pres Ladle Fellowship. PUM is grateful for their new connection with Kaleo Missions in care for the marginalized urban poor.
We asked Raul these questions to help describe this ministry.
What is your organization’s vision for ministry?
Presbyterian Urban Ministries helps and ministers to thousands of people every
year. Many of those served are earnestly working to become self-sufficient.
Providing them a hand-up rather than a handout with the services and goods we
provide in a Christ like way. Connecting homelessness to hope!
Describe the focus of your ministry – the past year’s activities and goals for the coming year.
Last year we continued providing a variety of services, we assisted our clients
with over 1,400 California I.D’s; 345 birth certificates; 4,190 clients with clothing;
3,728 hygiene kits; eyeglasses; connection assistance for the interfaith rotational
shelter, we managed 2 sites during 2017. We helped clients by connecting them
to recovery institutions.
We also blessed many children in our community with backpacks for school in
August 2017 and Toys during our Christmas program in 2017:
• 345 children received backpacks to start the year off well prepared.
• 290 families were provided food and toys at Christmas (over 600 toys
donated, sorted, labeled and distributed).
We engaged youth groups from our Presbytery and from other parts of the
country in work projects here at the house.
We worked with church youth directors on homelessness awareness
programs and service projects.
Working together with Uplift and the staff from Graham Memorial
Presbyterian Church, we continue the tutoring program for elementary
school students every Thursday afternoon helping them with Math and
English Language Arts.
We also work every week helping newly released inmates from our County
and State prison system. The Work Furlough operated by Correctional
Alternative Incorporated (CAI) sends an average of 14 early released
inmates a week. We assisted 728 early released inmates with a No-fee
voucher to obtain a California ID. Out of those clients we covered the cost
of 380 certified birth certificate copies from the inmate’s place of birth. 140
notary services were also provided in connection with the Birth Certificate
Last year we made great connections through Youth Works and Kaleo Missions.
Kaleo Missions is a partnership-based ministry dedicated to caring for the poor
and marginalized people of the urban United States. During the 2017 summer
months, 12 different church groups from around the country visited us.
For the advancement of the ministry to the least of us in these areas: Downtown, Grant Hills, Barrio Logan, Golden Hills, South Park and City Heights.
For the relationships they’ve developed during this year with different agencies and city officials to continue working to connect people from homelessness to hope.
For their staff and volunteers.
For the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to their ministry.
For Lord Jesus to continue giving them the opportunity to magnify Him in everything they do.