WHO WE ARE

Such As I Have Ministries, Inc. (SAIH) is a nonprofit Christian organization that provides food, blankets, socks, Bibles, and prayer for the homeless people in downtown San Diego. The ministry began in 2005 when Ronnie Newkirk, a former naval officer, was invited by his brave young daughter to feed the homeless in crack alley. Together they co-founded SAIH and the entire family has dedicated their lives to helping others. Ever since, God has continually showed up and performed miracles in the lives of the people they meet on the streets.

THE PANTRY

The Pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 7am-9am. Bible study at the Pantry is held Fridays at 12pm. The address to the Pantry is 1490 Island Avenue. Entrance at alley behind San Diego Pet Supply store on 15th Street.

THE FOOD TRUCK

SAIH delivers food, water, milk and toiletries to the homeless of San Diego. Our truck is powered by generosity of our donors and the by the kindness of our volunteers. Contact us to join us! Truck Schedule (Sundays 3:30pm - 10pm)

PRAYER/SUPPLY REQUEST

To make a request for food, clothing or blankets and or information as to where to stay please fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page. Prayer requests are also gladly accepted.

OUR MISSION

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BRINGING THE GOOD NEWS

The specific purpose of SAIH is to minister to homeless men, women, and children through weekly visitations, charitable donations of food, water, clothing, transportation assistance, and whatever actions may appropriately serve to motivate and assist the homeless to get back into housing and become responsible members of society.

 

Today, the members of SAIH have a heart for service and go out into the world sharing the love of Christ by bringing the good news. Ron and his volunteers can be seen delivering bags of food and water from the back of The Truck, which has become very well known by the men and women on the streets of San Diego who are friends to the Ministry.

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OUR VISION TO DO MORE

SAIH has really been blessed with the opportunity to open up The Pantry in downtown San Diego allowing the homeless to shop for clothing, socks, and shoes at no cost at all.

During the holidays, the organization and its volunteers also put on an extensive gift drive that provides necessities, like socks and toiletries. Hundreds of shoe boxes are filled with gifts for the homeless of San Diego.

 

SAIH has a vision to do more than meet creature comforts of the needy. That vision includes providing shelter, job training, medical, dental, emotional, and spiritual assistance to insure a healthy and successful re-transitioning into society.

“Give to every man that asks of you” – Luke 6:30

WHAT WE DO

We’ve bought bus and plane tickets for people to go back home to their families and work, assisted families

in staying in hotels for interim periods, and sponsored individuals in rehabilitation centers. We do all of this AND MORE

with your continued support and donations.

150 BAGS OF FOOD

We pass out over 150 bags of food and water to individuals every Sunday from our Food Truck.

GOD'S EXTENDED HAND

Feed and deliver a message to almost 130 individuals at God's Extended Hand every month.

WELL'S PARK

Feed a group of individuals at Well's Park in El Cajon every other month.

FRIDAYS AT EL CAJON

We visit with individuals every other Friday in the El Cajon, CA area.

WEDDINGS & FUNERALS

We've performed weddings and funerals for those we've met on the streets.

A COMMON MISSION

We have collaborated with numerous other organizations working towards a common mission.

VOLUNTEER

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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

Our ministry is powered by the love in the hearts of our volunteers and by the sacrifice of our donors. Whether it is helping to put together a bag of food, or making gift boxes for our Christmas gift drive, your help is needed. Also, the friends we have made on the streets would love to meet you! Each person who is helped or who decides to help will surely be blessed.”

HERE ARE WAYS YOU CAN JOIN OUR MISSION:

1. Donate right on our website.

2. Donate items of food and new or used clothing.

3. Donate time on (a) Sundays between 3pm -10:30pm in downtown San Diego;  (b) The second Friday of every month at 3.30pm and/or 6pm to prepare and serve food at God’s Extended Hand in downtown San Diego; (c) On Saturdays at 3pm in El Cajon; or (d) Keep an eye out for special events, and holiday events we might be involved in by following us on Facebook.

Volunteers should email us at suchasihave@cox.net or post a comment on our Facebook page.  Volunteers under the age of 18 must fill out this waiver. It must be returned via email or in person.

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Tonight Melinda, Oma, Randy, Rebekah and Vicky prepared a special meal for all of those in attendance at God's Extended Hand. Pastor Larry Pierce began the message with "What if they were Three Wise Women?" And, of course, David Silva, Naomi May, Aaron and Ashley led worship and helped serve the meal with Vicky Pierce. We gave everyone an envelope that read Merry Christmas and held a $10 bill along with their meals. One gentleman approached Melinda and Vicky to express his thanks for such a special meal. He related how he didn't open the envelope until he got in his car. He initially thought it was a homemade card but because the envelope was so flimsy, he opened it and was surprised to find $10 inside. So moved by all the goodness showered on him, he came back inside to thank those responsible and in doing so, he began to cry. He said he would keep the envelope for a Christmas card! He and Vicky exchanged hugs. ... See MoreSee Less

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On my way home from work, a big shiny delivery truck pulled up on my passenger side. I looked over and the driver smiled and waved. I knew the face but didn't recognize the driver as I returned the wave and smiled. It dawned on me as I pulled away that the driver with the smile and look of confidence and satisfaction was a man, Denny, I had known in the homeless community for many years. We visited Denny weekly and shared what little we had every time we met. I can't describe the excitement and satisfaction I got from seeing him in that truck today. Years have passed between today and the previous time I saw him. I thank God for the encouragement He brings through Denny. ... See MoreSee Less

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On Giving
For many years, we've been giving food, clothing, necessities, gifts, and money to others. We've provided worship services and we've presided over baptisms, weddings, and funerals. We have seen much growth and the lack of growth. We've seen families reunited, forgiveness, and radical change. And it all came about as a result of giving.
Initially, we handed out bottled water, Hershey bars and bananas. (I used to be known as "the Candy Man.") Today, we give whatever we can including transportation and housing where possible. This Friday, December 8th, we'll give $10.00 in cash to everyone who attends the evening service at God's Extended Hand. In addition, Melinda hopes to make a special meal for our "guests."
Some question giving money and other things that can be used as cash to the homeless and others on the streets. This is not a concern of mine. Jesus says in Matthew 5:42: "Give to him who asks of you..." and He does not put conditions on the giving. Jesus also admonishes us to "... be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." To me, this means I must acknowledge that everything in my possession belongs to God and my giving, an act of obedience, places all responsibility for the results of that giving rightly in God's hands!
I once gave a woman, who is a known drug user, $25. Her intent, as I suspected, was to buy drugs. One week later, she confessed, rather excitedly and emotionally, how she could not bring herself to buy drugs with that money. She showed me that she still had the money and intended, now, to do something good with it. She admitted that she knew the money came from God and that she could not use His money for her intended purpose!
You are invited to join us at 6pm, Friday evening, December 8th, at 1625 Island Avenue, God's Extended Hand, as we, once again, try to be obedient to His word.
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CONTACT US

PO Box 685, Lakeside CA 92040

suchasihave.org

619-733-2995

suchasihave@cox.net

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