About Us

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Who We Are

Big Sister League of San Diego (BSL) is a nonprofit organization providing transitional and permanent supportive housing for adult women. The Big Sister League has provided housing for women in San Diego for over 70 years. Our staff manage two 15-bed residences in the Hillcrest area and provide day programming for our residents. BSL's services are designed to assist women affected by mental health issues, homelessness, trauma, and domestic abuse. 

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Meet the Staff

Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of the Big Sister League forward. Meet some of our incredible leaders.

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Board of Directors

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Big Sister League. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Click below to learn more about some of our incredible team members.


Mrs. Frances “Fannie” Anderson Steele Woods, a suffragist, started the Big Sister League (at age 70) with the original purpose of providing a space for women who had been jailed for breaking curfew laws. In 1942, the year the League began, laws stated that any unescorted woman on the street after 10:00p.m. would be arrested. 

Addressing this crisis, Mrs. Woods and a small group of downtown professional women organized the Big Sister League, and the City of Hillcrest donated a home on Front Street to provided housing for 15 women and their children.

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