Press Release: New Assistance for People Experiencing Homelessness

Community Resource Center’s Dual Diagnosis Clinician to provide critical assistance in determining the level of care and treatment for individuals with complex needs

ENCINITAS, Calif. (March 20, 2023) – Through generous grants from the Greathouse Family
Foundation and the Lucky Duck Foundation, Community Resource Center (CRC) will hire a new Dual Diagnosis Clinician to provide critically needed expertise to help vulnerable individuals experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and who also have co-occurring serious mental health and substance use disorders.

There’s growing consensus that integrated psychiatric and substance use treatment is most effective at helping dually diagnosed people experiencing homelessness maintain their recovery. With a planned start date of April 2023, the Dual Diagnosis Clinician will work closely with CRC case managers to provide crisis intervention, treatment, counseling and referrals as needed. The Clinician will also coordinate with staff at local hospitals and treatment centers to assist clients with outpatient treatment services, and support medication compliance and efforts to secure housing.

Jeff Greathouse, the Executive Director of the Greathouse Family Foundation commented, “Our family foundation is excited to partner with the CRC to enable this much needed program for those individuals that are at the greatest risk of chronic homelessness.”

“We are pleased to support this effort to help significantly more people remain housed and provide them with the support and stability they need to permanently end their homelessness,” said Drew Moser, the Executive Director at Lucky Duck Foundation.

John Van Cleef, CRC’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “Individuals with a dual diagnosis of substance use disorder and serious mental illness are more likely to experience homelessness. Many individuals experiencing homelessness who have serious mental illness and substance use disorders must overcome barriers to securing permanent housing caused by their own untreated serious mental illness and substance use. The Dual Diagnosis Clinician is a critical addition to CRC’s team of direct service providers who aid in our efforts to obtain safe and stable housing for these neighbors in need.”

CRC is grateful to the Greathouse Family Foundation and the Lucky Duck Foundation for their partnership in this program expansion to provide assistance and support of individuals who are unsheltered with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.


About Community Resource Center

Established in 1979, Community Resource Center (CRC) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help our neighbors create paths to healthy food, stable homes and safe relationships. Individuals and families come to CRC for help to overcome barriers to personal well-being – trauma, systemic racism, racial inequality, economic instability, unemployment, food and/or housing insecurity, poverty and inaccessibility of mental health services. CRC provides emergency assistance, case management, counseling, shelter, and food assistance to low-income individuals and families who are economically vulnerable, experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness, including domestic violence (DV) survivors. For more information, please visit

About the Lucky Duck Foundation

Since 2005, The Lucky Duck Foundation (LDF) has raised funds and awareness for numerous charitable
causes throughout San Diego. In 2017, due to the growing homelessness epidemic, LDF pivoted to focus
on providing aid and relief for individuals and families suffering from homelessness. Since then, LDF and
its co-founders, Pat & Stephanie Kilkenny, have funded, activated, and led several high-impact programs that alleviate the suffering of homelessness throughout San Diego County, including bridge shelters,
employment and job training, research, permanent supportive housing, outreach, and more. Originally
called the AGIA Foundation (Arrowhead General Insurance Agency), the name was changed to the
Lucky Duck Foundation to honor the Kilkenny family’s Irish heritage and as a nod to their love of the University of Oregon. The premise is simple: if you have had some good luck and fortune in your life, share your luck with those less fortunate. And, all donations are matched by Pat & Stephanie, up to $1.5 million per year.

About the Greathouse Family Foundation

Founded in 2014, The Greathouse Family Foundation (GFF) was formed by Ken & Sue Greathouse with the objective of improving the lives of individuals by supporting initiatives that advance education and promote healthy lifestyles.