SDRT Thanksgiving Feast

If you had a chance to join us last night, you felt the joy in the room.

It was a spectacular evening of smiles, amazing food, and quality time with family- the SDRT family. It’s an extraordinary family- it extends beyond age, culture, language, and so much more. About 275 of us gathered to share a meal together- and this year, we had so many of our students’ entire families join. There were lots of new babies born since last Thanksgiving!

It has become tradition that we all sit down together to eat, talk, play and take a break from tutoring. Our more competitive family members played Uno while our engineers built towers as tall as themselves and those who wished they were at the beach squished the kinetic sand for as long as possible. We got some pretty awesome shots in the photo booth, too. All of our students’ families left with bags of onions, oranges, apples, potatoes and rice thanks to Sempra Energy’s large donation to the event.

Thank you to those of you who organized a craft, cooked amazing food (have you ever seen that many Crock Pots?), served, helped keep things calm, and cleaned up. Many folks exclaimed, “This is my favorite night of the year.” We couldn’t agree more.

The SDRT Board (Tim, Jon, Joan, Melissa, Rob, Carol with M, Mimi and Matt (not pictured)

About Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips is one of the founders of San Diego Refugee Tutoring and currently serves as its Program Director. She has four incredible children, many years of teaching experience, and a supportive husband who also works in education.


  1. Donald Gullans on November 28, 2019 at 10:45 am

    You are letting your lights shine and we all are blessed, Don G

  2. Mariclaret Patton on November 29, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I am sooooooo sorry I missed this evening. I was sick all week and these beautiful photos helped me feel better instantly!

    I am so proud of our students and families. Thank you to our amazing volunteers and all who enrich our students’ lives. Brava Melissa Phillips!

    I will be there next year!
    Principal Patton

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