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San Diego program employing homeless expands reach to help thousands

Posted at 7:22 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 23:09:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Only in their second year of operation, Wheels of Change is preparing for a major expansion this year.

San Diego teenager, Kevin Barber, and his mom, Carolyn Barber, MD, initially launched the program in 2018 in partnership with Alpha Project.

Homeless individuals are paid $13/hr to clean up trash, traveling together in a van to different job sites.

Thanks to new sources of funding, the nonprofit will be able to expand crews from 10 to 20 individuals, serving the community five days a week.

"We were able to show the world, hey this works! Let's keep funding it more and let's expand the program," said Kevin.

The city committed $250,000 to help fund the program, and they've also raised additional funding privately and from foundations.

The Lucky Duck Foundation, Davis Charitable Fund, SDGE, the Danna Foundation, and multiple others, have been financial and/or strategic supporters of Wheels of Change at Alpha Project.

Wheels of Change plans to employ over 5,200 homeless individuals in 2019, up from 375 their first year.