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:

Susan Raffee – Chair
Jacqueline Greulich – Director
USD- Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate
Cindy Lehman – Secretary
Vice President, California Bank & Trust
Katie Franklin – Director
Sales Specialist, AT&T
Jason Rodriguez – Director
Alpha Project Director of Alcohol & Drug Services / Alpha Project Graduate

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Awards & Accomplishments

October 27, 2021 LEAD’s 19th Annual Visionary Awards - Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration
May 22, 2021 Robert McElroy, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters - California State University San Marcos
Sep 21, 2019 Alpha Lofts wins the Best Affordable Project at the ICON Awards.
Oct 25, 2018 Bob McElroy, Alpha Project’s President & CEO, selected to receive this year’s Vic Kops Humanitarian Award.
Jan 11, 2018 Groundbreaking for The Lofts Normal Heights – 52 units of housing for homeless veterans
2017 Bob McElroy receives the honor as one of the 2017 Public Officials of the Year for the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Diego
2016 Alpha Square receives Our City San Diego Affordable Development of the Year
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

Video Gallery

Featured on SanDiegoUnionTribune.com -- ‘Duty, honor, dignity’: Famed West Point Glee Club brings harmony to homeless shelter

Video: West Point visits the Alpha Project

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Featured on 10news.com -- San Diego Navy sailor uses photography passion to give back to veterans, homeless

San Diego Navy sailor uses photography passion to give back to veterans, homeless

Stay Gold - the book

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Data, Privacy & Reporting

Alpha Project uses Clarity (distributed by Bitfocus) for its Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Clarity is a local web-based information technology system that San Diego’s Continuum of Care (CoC) uses to collect client-level data and data on housing and services to homeless individuals/families and persons at risk of homelessness.

With oversite from the Regional Task Force on Homelessness, Clarity is used by dozens of agencies countywide. It captures demographic data, services, housing, assessments, employment, and other 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.

The HMIS may only be accessed by affiliated organizations that have agreed to participate in HMIS and joined the HMIS Trust Network. The guidelines informing the roles and responsibilities of being an HMIS Participating Agency are extensive and may be found in the HMIS Policies and Procedures. Alpha Project has adopted the Regional Task Force on Homelessness’ HMIS Privacy and Security Policies entirely for all homeless service programs. All users must complete new user training before they may access HMIS, as well as ongoing training, including procedures on safeguarding personal information and privacy. Please view the Notice of Privacy Practices and the Multiparty Authorization to Use and/or Disclose Information.

Alpha Project measures client progress towards self-sufficiency against baseline assessments done at program entry and generates cumulative reports reflective of aggregate client success and program outcomes. Each program reports not less than annually to all relevant funding sources and oversight agencies, including the City of San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission, the County of San Diego, and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, among other public and private entities and funders.


Procurement Opportunities:

Single Audit RFP – Opens 8/5/22 - Closes 8/19/22

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Questions & Answers

Q: On page 2, you are requesting a complete roster that includes any ongoing or completed engagements for OMB A-133 compliance audits within the last three years. I have not seen this in an RFP before. Is this supposed to be for all Single Audits that our firm has worked on (there are 4 audit partners) in the last 3 years or is this only applicable to these particular audits that I have worked on in the last 3 years? It is not clear from the RFP.

A: Firms with multiple audit partners may opt to provide information that covers one audit partner, the partner who would oversee this project, if secured, provided there is an adequate pool of engagements.

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