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Making connections through experiences

The importance of our work

By providing services within people's own community, we can improve personal behavior for a positive response which prevents negative outcomes.


In return, we can create healthier family environments, design safer neighborhoods, and improve economic foundations for working individuals.


Our Mission

Lived Experiences is a community-based organization (CBO) dedicated to uplifting humanity by fulfilling the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals.

Our Friends

Mobile Laundry

We created the first mobile laundromat trailer in San Diego County, providing a unique opportunity to help unsheltered individuals in obtaining clean clothes.

Wellness Center

Our partnership with local school districts aims to support students and their families by addressing their fundamental needs through various initiatives including providing laundry services, ensuring access to nutritious food, and offering summer and afterschool programs.


We pair justice-involved youth with caring mentors for guidance and skill development, providing holistic support including counseling, education assistance, and community resources. Skill-building workshops and ongoing peer support promote positive choices and prevent relapses.

Food Pantry

With an empathetic approach, we cater to underserved communities by supplying fresh produce to hardworking families in their own neighborhoods during off-hours.

Equity Statement

Over the past four years, we have dedicated ourselves to providing services and promoting a healthy lifestyle in San Diego County. Through this journey, we have come to understand that poverty often stems from deep-seated systemic racial, gender, and financial inequalities. These barriers are erected by the pervasive force of systemic racism.

We wholeheartedly embrace our ongoing obligation to foster equitable outcomes for those we serve. We acknowledge that this commitment to social justice marks a profound transformation for our charitable organization.

Our primary objective is to ensure that every individual feels heard, respected, and valued. We recognize that privilege, unconscious biases, and racial, ethnic, and financial injustices impact not only our team members but also the communities we strive to empower.

Volunteer opportunities

Whether you’re helping to distribute food, mentoring young adults, or helping us fold laundry, the best way to give back to your community is to volunteer. Join our efforts!

Donate to our laundry trailer

Our laundry trailer needs a lot of love and with your help we can it keep performing at its best for people who need it the most. Please consider donating to our laundry project.


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News & Stories

KOCT Spectrum

House of Representatives honors Oscar Ortega

UT San Diego: Someone you should know

Nosotros Alumni Association

NAACP 2021 Nominee

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Bold Journey Interview: Meet Oscarin Ortega

KPBS: Intersection between public safety

ABC 10 News Renovated trailer to offer mobile laundry services 

KPBS: Art Exhibition Stories From the Streets

SDVoyager Interview

State Certificate of Recognition

Lived Experiences takes 7 Youth to Chicago

Rotary Club Peacemaker Award 2020

Univision: Lavandería Móvil en San Diego

Fox News:

“Gun violence can be prevented" - Oscarin Ortega

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