About the Alpha Project

About the Alpha Project About the Alpha Project

Alpha Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) human services organization that serves over 4,000 men, women, and children each day. Services offered include affordable housing, residential substance abuse treatment, supportive housing for people with special needs, basic and emergency services for the homeless, transportation assistance, mental health counseling, employment training, preparation and placement, emergency shelter, HIV/AIDS, education, outreach and prevention, and community services.

Presidents Message

Presidents Message Presidents Message

All one has to do is turn on the evening news or read the newspaper to understand that we as a nation are hurting deeply. These trying and challenging times have touched us all and it’s enough to make many people want to throw their hands up in despair. However, there are other stories that don’t make the headlines very often, and that is the good news of the enduring human spirit. The stories of men, women and children struggling to defeat homelessness, poverty, addiction, hopelessness and joblessness, and the courage and fortitude it takes to overcome. Additionally, the stories of those in our community who give their hard earned money to provide help and opportunities for others they don’t even know. For over two decades, the kindness and generosity of others has never ceased to amaze me. This is what motivates and inspires me and those we serve to continue to fight for success.

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Mission and History

Mission and History

Our Mission

The mission of the Alpha Project is to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. The agency’s many programs are available to all persons in need regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

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Board of Directors

The executive direction of Alpha Project rests with a Board of Directors:

David Armstrong – Chair
Applied Efficiency Solutions
Barbara Edelson – Director
Downtown Resident
Jacqueline Greulich – Director
Westcore Properties
Cindy Lehman – Secretary
Vice President, California Bank & Trust
Robb Lally – Director
Caritas Consultants
Brad Lovelace – Director
Goodwin Brown Gross & Lovelace LLP
Susan Raffee – Director
Katie Franklin – Director
Sales Specialist, AT&T
Jason Rodriguez – Director
Alpha Project Director of Alcohol & Drug Services / Alpha Project Graduate

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Executive Staff

Amy Gonyeau

Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for overseeing the agency’s many programs and services. Amy directly supervises program personnel, ensures compliance with clinical treatment standards, implements agency policy and coordinates collaborative efforts with partner agencies. Amy can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Awards & Accomplishments

2015 Alpha Square receives a proclamation from the City Council City of San Diego recognizing November 18, 2015 as "Alpha Square Grand Opening Day"
2015 Alpha Square receives a proclamation presented by Supervisor Ron Roberts recognizing November 18, 2015 as "Alpha Square Day"
2015 Alpha Square receives a proclamation from Congressman Scott H. Peters celebrating the completion of Alpha Square
2015 Alpha Square receives Certificate of Recognition from Toni Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly 78th District
2015 Alpha Square wins the Best Affordable Project at the BIA Icon Awards
2014 Bob McElroy honored as the Grand Marshal of the Tierra Santa Patriot Day Parade
2012 Bob McElroy receives a Certificate of Recognition from Nathan Fletcher for being named one of San Diego's "Men Who Rock"
2012 Bob McElroy receives Men Who Impact San Diego award from San Diego Metro Magazine
2011 Bob McElroy receives the Consumer Advocate of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
2011 Alpha Project receives a Gang Prevention Award from San Diego Youth Services
2010 Alpha Project launches its Gang Intervention Program focusing on education, mentorship and engagement at local schools and community venues
2010 Alpha Project hosts their 1st Inaugural Golf Tournament at Rancho Bernardo Inn
2009 Alpha Project receives Grants from Supervisor Bill Horn, Supervisor Greg Cox and Las Patronas to fund vehicles for our Outreach Program
2009 Alpha Project launches Alpha Project Catering, providing Full Service Catering for all occasions
2009 Alpha Project receives funding to launch the PTECH Program, Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
2008 Alpha Project receives funding from SANDAG to launch the Senior Transportation Program, a free transportation program for low-income seniors
2007 Alpha Project receives a Mental Health Systems Award
2007 Alpha Project Celebrates over 20 Years of Service


Alpha Project is currently hiring for the following positions:

Job Title: Crew Members for Take Back the Streets Program 

Primary duties include:

  • Work with supervisor and co-workers to ensure contract compliance,
  • Learn employment skills as assigned (equipment training, etc...)
  • Job preparation and follow-through at projects to include, but not limited to:  Weed Abatement, Painting, Litter Removal                                  


  • Lifting/dragging over 20 lbs.
  • Using various hand held equipment (chain saws, weed trimmers, rakes, hedgers, shovels)
  • Bagging items into trash bags and loading into trash trucks and/or dumpsters.
  • Stand for prolong periods of time, walking, cutting, bending, raking, climbing ladders, pulling and pushing on even and uneven ground.
  • Able and willing to complete requested tasks and work well with others.
  • Ability to complete necessary paperwork (application, time sheets, etc)


Job Title: Housing Navigator

The Housing Navigator, under direct supervision of the Program Manager will be responsible for case management, housing assistance, and all services related to retaining permanent housing of clients according to program policies and procedures. The Housing Navigator will possess a strong ability to communicate orally and in writing who can identify potential opportunity and enhancement to the services provided by the program


-BA/BS in Social Work or comparable discipline, or

- 1 year experience in Case Management working with vulnerable populations and/or mental health settings

- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)

- Bilingual Spanish speaker a plus


To download an application, please click here






Statistical Methodology

Service Point, a custom-designed web-based data processing program Service Point, a custom-designed web-based data processing program

Demographics and other client information, along with service data for all of Alpha Project’s programs are tracked through Service Point, a custom-designed web-based data processing program. Service Point enables staff at many service sites to enter information directly, access it immediately, and ensure the accuracy of reporting. With sponsorship from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, Service Point is currently used by more than two-dozen agencies countywide. By using Service Point, resource, residential, assessment, health services, employment and housing departments interface and exchange data relevant to client progress. The program provides for longitudinal tracking of service utilization by each client and generates reports within a vast set of parameters.

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  • Permanent Supportive Housing +

    Alpha Project’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program is located 550 14th Street in Read More
  • Residential Treatment +

    Casa Raphael is Alpha Project’s state-licensed residential drug and alcohol treatment program Read More
  • Homeless Outreach +

    At the core of all of Alpha Project’s facilities and services is Read More
  • Rapid Rehousing +

    Alpha Project's Rapid Re-Housing Program provides rental assistance and security deposits as Read More
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