Welcome to Embrace. Embrace is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization built on the philosophy that serving the less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities brings people together – irrespective of their race, religion or cultural upbringing.
Our mission is to bring people from all walks of life together to serve the less fortunate. Embrace programs are designed to connect college student volunteers to San Diego’s multi-cultural community in the areas of social and physical wellness through service learning and social justice activities.
Embrace has a direct impact on the daily lives of the homeless every week of the year. Embrace does its part to address those daily needs by mobilizing hundreds of college students to serve the homeless 2 days per week year-round by providing food, clothes and blankets. Our 'GIV MAS' (give more) goal is to mobilize volunteers to serve the homeless 7 days a week to over 50,000 people each year.
By utilizing multi-cultural volunteers to serve a multi-cultural population in need through the distribution of healthy meals, Embrace adheres to its mission by creating opportunities for social and physical wellness to bring about "A Healthier San Diego®"
In 2012, Embrace served over 25,000 meals and provided thousands of clothing and blanket donations to homeless veterans and civilians in need.This would not have been possible without college student and non-student volunteers logging over 15,000 hours while serving our homeless veterans and homeless civilians.
Embrace is a nonprofit organization rooted in the promotion of social and physical wellness programs that serve underprivileged communities in a variety of ways. Founded in 2000 by CEO Sean Sheppard, Embrace programs are designed to connect college student leaders to San Diego’s multi-cultural community in the areas of social and physical wellness through service learning and volunteerism. The organization is built on the philosophy that serving less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities brings people together - irrespective of their race, religion or cultural upbringing.
Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard
Dan Levasseur – Chair (Active Duty, U.S. Marine Corp)
Commanding Officer, Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Josh Cohen – Vice Chair/Treasurer
Vice President/Branch Manager, First Republic Bank
Richard Franklin – Secretary
Marketing Associate & SMO Professional, Premium Finish Care
Curator & Creator of YouTube Channel for Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
Sarah Bettencourt – Member
Retired, United States Marine Corps
Michael Files - Member (Active Duty, U.S. Navy)
Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center Battle Creek
Joshua Finkenberg – Member
Partner & Co-Founder, F2 Partners LLC
Kira Finkenberg – Member
Owner, The Kira Co