Redwood House
Big Sister League of San Diego 


From The Executive Director

"Every resident at BSL has personal strengths and positive attributes they bring to the house. As I talk to residents and learn about their struggles and journeys, it is inspiring to see how far many have come and all the potential they have. I love hearing when a resident finds employment or is working on repairing a broken relationship and looking forward to the future. The strides these ladies make is not only inspiring, but it reminds me that we all should strive to be a better version of ourselves." - Amy Diffley


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When *Jane came to BSL, she had been living on the street. Thanks to a referral from Grossmont Hospital, Jane applied for residency at our Redwood House. 


Thanks to BSL's comprehensive services, Jane was able to gain much needed stability in her life. Her new home has helped her heal, and now she can concentrate on gaining the experience and life-skills needed to become self sufficient. 


During Jane's time at BSL, she has been able to find part time employment. She also regularly participates in BSL house activities and enjoys arts and crafts and gardening.  Jane's positive attitude has affected many at BSL, including residents and staff. 


Jane has remained stably in one of our houses for eight years. She now spends some of her time helping other residents by serving as a resident advisor.  She is proof positive that housing stability is key to self-sufficiency.


*Name has been changed to protect the resident's identity.


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"Big Sister League helps women in crisis get the support they need,” says Jane. “Stabilization is key to success, and BSL provides that.”


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In 2020, the Big Sister League of San Diego became dog friendly! The executive director started a program of dog fostering for the residents at our Redwood house. With the help of the Frosted Faces Foundation, BSL is now fostering senior dogs and giving them a second chance for a happy life.

Not only have these gray faces brought joy to our residents, but fostering has given our residence a sense of purpose. The unconditional love provided by dogs can help many of our residents learn how to trust again. 


Dexter, our resident cat at Fourth Ave., just showed up one day and never left.  We're happy to share our home with him.