Glen and Evelyn Jackson made a decision – one that would change their lives forever. Taking their own property, finances, household items, and anything else they could find, in July, 2005 they opened the first home now known as The Trinity House. This home would welcome women and children who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Both once homeless themselves, Glen and Evelyn wanted to be a part of the solution to homelessness in San Diego. They agreed, “A Hand Up not a Hand Out” would be the founding principle – one that was at the core of their belief as they both knew from personal experience that in order for someone to get better, they need to be willing and ready to make the necessary changes to improve their situation.
Glen and Evelyn met in 1992 while both in treatment programs. Evelyn in a McAlister Institute program called “Kiva”, Glen in an after-care home. In 1994 they married and in 1995 gave birth to their only daughter whom they affectionately named “Kiva”, a term of modern Puebloans known as “a place of Healing”.
In 1997 Evelyn graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Computer Science and in 1999 she received her Masters degree in Software Engineering. Currently finishing her Doctorate, Evelyn’s focus is leveraging Information Technology in Non-Profit Organizations. Glen also a “techie”, received his degree in Inter-Networking Technology in 2004. In addition to his commitment at The Trinity House, Glen consults as a voice, data, point-of-sale and networking engineer. Although previously enjoying a lucrative career as a Software Engineer and Instructor, Evelyn found that “once you know your purpose for being on this earth, it is very difficult to do anything else, no matter how much you are paid”.
In August of 2009 Glen and Evelyn received the 10News Leadership Award for their work at The Trinity House. Glen and Evelyn agree, The Trinity House’s guiding philosophies are about building lives and developing character according to spiritual principles. Their motivation is to help those in need and to allow God to restore their lives. “Immediately after opening the first home, we discovered that God had this wonderful ministry for us. While we certainly didn’t know what God had in store for us, we are truly blessed to know through our journey our purpose for being on this earth, and we wish this for everyone”.