"Leave No One Behind"

Donate to Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD)

Mission: Veterans Village of San Diego serves America’s veterans in overcoming homelessness and related challenges.

VVSD is a 501c(3) non-profit, non-governmental veterans organization.

Founded in 1981, and dedicated to the promise to “Leave No One Behind,” VVSD is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to helping America’s veterans reclaim their lives. In short, VVSD Saves Lives!

Your gift may directed to the following:

  • Unrestricted – supports all of VVSD programs and operating
  • Emergency Housing
  • Housing for Homeless Veterans
  • Housing for Families, Women & Children
  • Substance Recovery Programs
  • Employment Programs
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Expressive Arts/Therapy Programs
  • Legal/Homeless Court Programs
  • Stand Down – 3 day outreach & triage to almost 1,000 veterans annually

For additional information, please contact Lisa Record at 619-393-2013 or lisa.record@vvsd.net. Donations may be mailed to:

Veterans Village of San Diego

 4141 Pacific Highway

San Diego, California 92110.

Our 200-bed Emergency Shelter for homeless veterans will be open from December 2017 through 2019 to help ease the housing crisis in San Diego.


Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, VVSD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions and gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Why donate to VVSD?                                                                                                             As American citizens, we need to support those who have made incredible sacrifices so that we may enjoy our freedom. It is important that we support our veterans and their families. Donations are vital to the sustainability of our life-changing programs.

VVSD is a nationally-recognized leader and the only residential licensed drug rehabilitation program for homeless veterans in San Diego County. VVSD pioneered Stand Down and Homeless Court which have been replicated nationwide.

How does VVSD spend its funding?
VVSD spends 44 percent of its budget on rehabilitation programs, 21 percent on transitional housing, 18 percent on employment and training services and 17 percent on prevention and outreach.

How big is the need?
The needs routinely exceed the resources at our disposal. San Diego County is home to over 200,000 veterans. According to the VA, at least 1,500 are homeless. Another estimate put the number of homeless veterans in the county at 2,000. Surveys have found that veterans make up 25 to 35 percent of the homeless in the region. A majority of homeless veterans battle addictions and mental illnesses that require ongoing support. But it’s not just homeless veterans who utilize VVSD’s services, active-duty personnel and veterans of varying needs seek out our  programs.

If VVSD receives millions in grants each year, why does it need private donations?
Grants from government agencies DO NOT cover the full costs of our operations.

How financially accountable is VVSD?
VVSD’s finances undergo a comprehensive audit each year by an outside firm. In addition to the comprehensive annual audit, VVSD is also periodically audited by government agencies on how it spends grant money.

Make a Non-Monetary Donation
We accept gifts of property as well. We make use of used furniture, clothing and household articles for all the residents in our primary rehabilitation facilities throughout San Diego County. Please contact us at (619) 393-2020 to schedule a pick-up.

Thank you for supporting America’s veterans.

Veterans Village of San Diego serves America’s veterans in overcoming homelessness and related challenges.