photos by Daniel Sturman

15th Annual Spring Into HOPE

Operation HOPE-Vista recently held its 15th Annual Spring Into HOPE Dinner and Auction at the Gloria McClellan Center. The theme of the night was Enchanted Garden, and the community came together for a night of fun, bidding, and delicious food in order to support homeless families in the Vista community.

During the event, guests were able to bid on auction items and opportunity baskets donated by local businesses and community members. After hearing from clients about how Operation HOPE-Vista has made a difference in their lives, guests were invited to raise their paddles for the Fund-a-Night tradition to cover the costs of a night in shelter. On average, a night in shelter costs $50 and includes a warm bed, meals, a shower, and access to vital resources. The Spring Into HOPE event was able to raise over $34,000, which will cover a total of 680 nights of shelter. Since 2003, Operation HOPE-Vista has provided a 45-bed shelter and a safe environment to single women and homeless families with children in North San Diego County.

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The night was a success for all, including Paula Theobald, who was presented the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts in meal coordination and work to put together quilts for children.

To learn more about Operation HOPE-Vista or to get involved visit www.operationhopeshelter.org.