Our Goal

A Christian Service to all junior enlisted military families in gratitude for their service.

This outreach provides a practical way to lift some of the burdens on our military families and a meaningful way to say thank you for their sacrifices in service to our country. Your donations and participation as volunteers make it possible. We serve families of all faiths.

Coming Events


March 28, 2020 SDMOM sponsored

Easter Egg Hunt.  Sign up by email:


or Contact office to register for event

at (619) 461-4164.

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Current News




We at SDMOM hopes this message finds you safe and healthy.  It is a hard time for all of us and we are coping with a lot.  This is, of course, also true for our military families.  So I wanted to give you an update on SDMOM's operations during this coronavirus time.


Although we have a reduced staff, our work still goes on every day.  Barbara and 1 other staff are making sure our vendor donations are picked up, food drop offs are made at military housing and emergency needs are being met.  Also, they are making sure the Center is open on Tuesdays to pass out diapers and wipes.  If you have donations you want to drop off please contact Barbara at barbara@sandiegomom.org and she will provide you with a time.


As you know we have cancelled our annual fund raiser and hope to reschedule later in the year.  SDMOM needs your support more than ever.  We ask that you continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we struggle through this period.  We ask that you pass this message to others to make sure they know we are still working for our families.


Thank you for all you do for SDMOM.  Stay safe.


Sandy Carder




Coming Events:


March 13,2020  The below event has been postponed to a later date.

March 28, 2020 - Annual Easter Egg Hunt at SDMOM Home Office located in La Mesa.  Contact office to register for event at (619) 461-4164. Or sign up by email: office@sandiegomom.org.


March 17, 2020 The below event has been postponed to a later date

April 25, 2020 - Annual Luau to be at Ascension Parish Hall, 11292 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, Ca. 92124.  Tickets are $35. For tickets contact Barbara or Tracy at 619-461-4164 or drop by our home office: 4426 Harbinson Ave, La Mesa, CA. 91942  Mon-Thur 9am-1pm

Hope to see you there!


March 30 ,2019 - SDMOM's annual Luau was held at Ascension Catholic Churches parish hall.  Over

170 guests came to help raise funds for our operations. Entertainment, games and good

food were enjoyed by all.


Silent auction and chance drawings were plentiful for all. Many thanks to our

excellent staff and volunteers for their help.

And, a most enthusiastic thank you to all who attended, making this Laua a most

successful event.

2019 "Luau" Fundraiser March 30, 2019

Tickets on Sale now $30 a person

for tickets contact Barbara or Tracy at 619-461-4164 or drop by our home office:

4426 Harbinson Ave La Mesa CA 91942  Mon-Thur 9am-1pm

Hope to see you there!


November 6, 2018 - SDMOM opened its new warehouse facilities at 8930 Activity Road in San Diego.  Several SDMOM Board members attended.  The warehouse was scheduled to open the following Tuesday for enlisted families.  SDMOM has patiently shopped, researched and viewed a number of places. Kudos to Ed Vacin of SDMOM for identifying the location as a prime one for consideration. The following week families were lined up waiting to take advantage of the new facilities. We are back in the furniture business!  Donations are accepted but please call the office number (619) 461-4164 to coordinate delivery.


September 19, 2018 - SDMOM held of one several baby diaper parties for young enlisted families expecting new additions to their families.  This one was held at Ascension Catholic Church in Tierrasanta. 13 Expectant mothers were treated to lunch, some games, prizes and their choice of diaper bag fully stocked with the kinds of supplies new borns require.  Ascension Catholic Church donated 50 complete diaper bags for the ocassion.  The extra bags were earmarked for another baby diaper party to be held at North Island Naval Airstation.  It is through the generosity of churches,  other organizations and many individuals that SDMOM is carry out its mission of serving enlisted families E-5 and below.

May 12, 2018 - Dozens of postal letter carriers, supported by many San Diego Military Outreach volunteers brought in nearly 40,000 pounds of canned and dry goods from around San Diego.  The collected goods will be separated by date and stored at SDMOM's facilities in La Mesa.  Each week, SDMOM volunteers prepare several hundred bags of groceries for enlisted families E-5 and below.  These bags are distributed to five different locations in San Diego.  This is our way of thanking military families  for the sacrifices they make for all of us.  Our thanks goes to the U.S. Postal Letter Carrier Union for their support in this worthwhile annual endeavor.


April 27, 2018 - We are 2 weeks away from our annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive.  The drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers in San Diego for the benefit of the literally thousands of E-5 families and below who need our support to provide healthy meals for their children.  Volunteers are needed on May 12, 2018 to help with this worthwhile project at the following locations:  Coronado Post Office and SDMOM main office. For more info and addresses please contact Ralph West at (619) 871-6341 or Rick Moore (619) 838-1221 for Coronado Post Office, SDMOM main office contact Sandy Crowder (619) 249-9131 or Barbara Chavez (619) 461-4164.

November 9, 2017 SDMOM was presented with a $15,000 check today on the deck of the Midway from the Midway Foundation.  This was made possible with the help of Dick Walker and Mary Jane Wilfong from Graham Memorial PC.  Dick arranged for Sandy Carder, Barbara Chavez and Ed Vacin to meet with the head of the Midway Foundation about 2 months ago where we were able to introduce SDMOMs to him.   At this meeting we were given information on how to apply for a grant.  Today that effort produced results.  Our heartfelt thanks to the Midway Foundation for their generosity in support of enlisted families in San Diego!


June 15th SDMOM held a Baby Shower for expectant Moms at our facilities in La Mesa. 13 Moms came and had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch, won door prizes and received brand new fully stocked baby diaper bags. Now lest you think the bags were full of new diapers - no, in addition to a package of diaper bags, there was lotion, new born blankets, baby bottles, booties, socks, hats for newborns and more.  On average, donors spend about $75 per bag.  During the year, numerous baby diaper bag drives were held at local area churches.  With a supply built up, Baby Showers were scheduled for 2017.  We're just half way through the year and more Baby Showers are scheduled.  Watch our web site for dates! Check out the Events page for photos.

May 20th the annual Patriot's Day Parade was held in Tierrasanta.  SDMOM participated in the parade and had a booth in the Tierrafest Crafts fair which took place at the conclusion of the parade.  There we raffled off a basket containing items worth over $200.  We raised $400 at this event.


May 13th our food drive sponsored by NALC (National Assoc. of Letter Carriers) took place.  We collected nearly 46,000 pounds of canned goods and dry goods.  Donations were collected by Postal workers and brought to their post offices where it was off loaded.  There, SDMOM volunteers re-loaded the food for delivery to our distribution center in La Mesa.  Our thanks to all who participated in this event.  With the food collected, we continue our ministry of providing bags of food to enlisted families, E-5 and below living in the San Diego area.


SDMOM's 3rd annual Luau took place in Tierrasanta at Ascension Catholic Church hall on Saturday, April 29th.  Over 160 gathered to support our ministry.  Photos appear on the Events page.  The Luau raised nearly $12,000 this year.  Our thanks to all who attended.

Also, in April, SDMOM was a guest of the John and Tammy Show on KSON-FM.

The show producer, Producer Steph auctioned off space on her belly.  The winner had an ad placed there.  SDMOM was the recipient of the winning bidder's amount, which came to $1400.  All in all a great event and a welcome connection with a new organization - KSON-FM.  We look forward to future events with the John and Tammy Show. A special thanks to Used Car Megastores for the winning bid!

In April, the Distribution Center reported 154 food bags given out at various locations, 465 bags of diapers, 187 Center transactions and 2 newborn layette baby gift bags provided.  Additionally, one baby shower was conducted at SRWMC on March 20th where 20 filled diaper bags were handed out.

See Events page for annual Easter Egg Hunt conducted April 8th.  Nearly 100 children were there to take part in the hunt.  Great fun by all who attended.

Also in April, SDMOM participated in a rare radio interview.  Our thanks to KSON for inviting Barbara Chavez, Executive Director for SDMOM, to the station for the interview.  More to come in a future report.

Also in February the Old Mission Rotary's Art Pratt Foundation provided SDMOM with a grant for $8,000.  These funds will be used to replace a wornout delivery van. Looking on during the presentation was Bernadette Castro, Jerry Hosenkamp, Bob Chalfa and Bob Self in the back row. Representatives from SDMOM included Judi Copeland, Sandy Carder and Barbara Chavez seen with Stan Vogelsang, Chair of the Art Pratt Foundation.  We are overjoyed at your generosity!


February, 2017 - SDMOM was blessed with 2 significant donations. Our friends from Christ The King Lutheran church lead by Walter De-felice presented a check for $20,000 to Barbara Chavez and Board member JoAn Johnson at our distribution center in La Mesa. We are so very grateful for the generosity of Christ The King Lutheran.  We will be good stewards of these funds.


January 9, 2017 - At the monthly SDMOM Steering Committee meeting, Fred Gestra was recognized for his volunteer work with SDMOM.  "Fred is always there when you need him", says Executive Director Barbara Chavez.  He works tirelessly improving our facilities, picking up donations, and assisting families at the Distribution Center.  His example is an inspiration to all who work with him.


December 2016 Report - During the month of December, SDMOM provided 119 bags of food to enlisted families, 217 bags of diapers and assisted 159 families at the SDMOM Distribution Center.

During Christmas, 661 families attended SDMOM events. 1020 children received over 3942 toys through the SDMOM christmas stores at sponsoring San Diego area churches.

In case you've missed it, here are the locations for Christmas Stores:

Point Loma Prysbyterian 

St. Luke Prysbyterian    

La Jolla Prysbyterian      

Lakeside Prysbyterian    

Distribution Center       

Signups began Nov. 23rd.  Christmas Stores are a service to junior enlisted families E-5 families and below.  Please call (619) 843-8964 for dates and addresses or come by Distribution Center.

October 5,2016 -In September, SDMOM gave out 168 food bags at locations around San Diego, 195 diaper bags at its Distribution Center, there were 147 additional transactions at the Distribution Center.  Numbers were down due to a one day closure because of excessive heat.

September 14, 2016 - In August, SDMOM gave out 202 food bags at various housing locations, 332 bags of diapers at its Distribution Center, 7 layettes and served 192 families at the Distribution Center even though we had to close one

Tuesday due to excessive heat.  We are thankful to our donors and volunteers without whose help we could not have accomplished the above.


August 10, 2016 - SDMOM has been blessed through a donation of $100,000 by a generous benefactor.  Juanita Gordon, retired Navy Nurse, knew and admired the goals of SDMOM and fully supported our mission. She planned for future financial support by including SDMOM in her will. Her generosity will help us to increase our support of enlisted families, E-5 and below in the San Diego area.  If you are passionate about supporting military families who are stationed in San Diego; if you believe their sacrifices are worthwhile and the cost of living here financially challenging for them, perhaps this is a good time to consider San Diego Military Outreach Ministries in your estate planning.  Please feel free to contact Executive Director Barbara Chavez should you wish to discuss ways you can make a difference.

August 8, 2016- Since we have many new families, we're providing some information which we hope will be helpful to you.
The Distribution Center has been open just over a year at its new location in La Mesa. For sure, it's not the same as the warehouse at Miramar!  It is smaller and although we do have a building for storage, families waiting to get in have had to endure some pretty hot days.  SDMOM has added 2 10'X10' pop-ups to provide some shade while families waited to get in.

Operating hours are 11 am to 1pm on Tuesdays.  We provide a ticket to each family. When your number is called, you can enter to shop. Numbers are selected randomly. In order to make it easier for all, we've instituted a "group of 10 shoppers" at a time.  This speeds up the process, and allows all a better chance obtaining items they need.  We ask for your patience on Tuesdays as we move each group through.  Additionally, we have made the restrooms next our office available as needed. Please keep in mind, children using the restroom must be accompanied by a parent.

June 7th, 2016, the Distribution Center reported activity for May.  167 bags of food were distributed at 6 sites.  In addition, there were 235 transactions at the Distribution Center during May. 9 Layettes were handed out to expectant mothers.


April 30, 2016, SDMOM held its 2nd annual Luau fundraiser. Over 150 tickets were sold to this event, making it a most successful evening.  The event was hosted by Faith Presbyterian Church, located next to SDSU.  The event raised over $10,000, making it the top fund raiser this year for SDMOM.  We are thankful to all who participated and/or contributed in any way.


On April 20, 2016, SDMOM Board member and co-chair for the SDMOM annual Luau visited the San Diego Padres where she picked up a generous donation from the Padres for use at the Luau fundraiser.  This event is scheduled for April 30, 2016, 6PM to 10 PM.  Location is Faith Presbyterian Church at 5075 Campanile Dr., San Diego, Ca. 92115.  Tickets are available for $25 each. Contact SDMOM at (619) 461-4164.  Come out and help us support our military families in San Diego! See Events page for photo.


In January, our Distribution Center was open 3 out of the 4 Tuesdays in the month. It was closed one day due to rain.  During the 3 week days we were open, 113 food bags, 147 diaper bags and other transactions totaling 137 were conducted.  We did this with 27 volunteers.  In March, we held our annual Easter Egg hunt. Check our Events page for photos.


Did you know?  In November we provided 462 military families with Thanksgiving meal boxes and turkeys. Check our Events page for photos.


We also served 93 families through our 5 regular monthly food ministries.


At our Distribution Center, 161 transactions covered 187 bags of diapers, 8 baby layette gift bags, numerous infant and children's items as well as miscellanous household items.  This was accomplished through the efforts of 49 volunteers.


Our command partnerships resulted in 12 additional families receiving household supplies.


In December, the focus was Christmas Stores, hosted at 4 area churches and the Distribution Center in La Mesa.  See photos on the Events page.