Community Outreach
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What is a Living Room Conversation?

A Living Room Conversation is a simple way to heal divides.

It is a conversational model developed by dialogue experts in order to facilitate connection between people despite their differences, and even identify areas of common ground and shared understanding.

Within this model, we have developed nearly 100 conversation guides on all sorts of topics that can otherwise be tense to talk about with friends, strangers, and even loved ones of differing backgrounds and political persuasions. 

Last Year the San Diego CSL Centers had  discussions after services on the following topics.  These events are open to the public and will be an open conversation that will expand our ability to make our world a better place.  Click on the Logo to the left and you will be directed to additional information.  Om will be offering these topics on the highlighted months below.

This is tabled due to the Corona Virus.

  1. January: The America We Want to Be: Founding Aspirations

  2. February: Peace Building in the US

  3. March: Refugee Families and Zero Tolerance

  4. April: Climate Change

  5. May: Politics in Faith Communities

  6. June: Mental Health, Addiction, and Incarceration

  7. July: The Opportunity Gap

  8. August: United or Divided

  9. September: Free speech, Hate Speech, and Campus Life 

  10. October: Tolerance

  11. November: Relationships Over Politics: Connecting with Friends and Family

  12. December: Homelessness (Culture and Society)

Supporting Our Homeless Youth

We hear a lot about the homeless population in San Diego, especially families with children and veterans.  But an often invisible and underserved group is "transitional aged youth"--those between the ages of 17 and 25.


Urban Street Angels, a non-profit organization, works to provide immediate services and supplies to such young people, through a Tuesday night shelter in North Park (offering dinner, haircuts, showers, clothing and hygiene supplies, medical attention, community referrals, and a safe place to sleep); as well as a Friday night outing in Ocean Beach, offering dinner and supplies.  The Tuesday night shelter is limited to 23 young people and is very often filled to capacity.


But the organization's intention is "a hand up, not a hand out."  The overnight shelter allows volunteers to begin to establish relationships and rebuild trust with the guests, many of whom are given the opportunity, when they are ready, to become involved with 8West, a program that provides housing (funded by the County of San Diego) and employment in a high-end bar soap business.   For More information contact REv. Jerry Troyer directly 

at www.urbanstreetangels.org and www.8west.org.

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As part of the La Mesa Community we sometimes reference different businesses.  Caring happens to be one of them.  Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet.

A few of thei offering include:

  • Senior Living Directory

  • Home Health Care

  • Medical Supervision

  • Daily Activities

  • Skilled Nursing

  • Financial Guidance

  • Geriatric Care

For more information please click on the photo or link above.  Om Center for Spiritual Living does not endorse any business,  however we do provide community resources that we feel will support the good of all.

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Retirement planning involves setting goals for your retirement income, then creating a strategy and taking concrete steps to achieve them. It requires you to identify your sources of income, set up a savings plan, estimate your expenses during retirement and to plan for unforeseen events. Om Center for Spiritual Living does not endorse any business,  however we do provide community resources that we feel with support the good of all.  For more information click on the  Logo above.

Most Americans admit to having more stuff than they use on a daily, even yearly, basis. Shoes and clothes lay un-worn in the bottom of drawers and baskets. But what good is doing other than taking up space? Are these truly sentimental items or are you just too busy to deal with them?   The  Shoes With Heart, a project we collected gently worn, used and new shoes. This footwear assisted in an amazing economic boost by creating micro-enterprise opportunities in developing nations like Haiti and many parts of Latin America and Africa. Instead of holding onto the items we no longer wear or use, Shoes with a Heart gives them new life and repurpose them to change lives in remote communities around the globe.  Last year Om Collected over 2200 pairs of shoes from the local community and our congregants. The majority of the shoes were cleaned up, recycled and re-distributed to those in need all over the world.   ​

In 2020 Om Center for Spiritual Living will be offering many different ways to participate in Community Outreach in our local community.  If you would like to be a part of this committee click on the button and it will be forwarded to          Rev. Suzette directly.