meet our founder
Reverend Burton S. Smith was a profound figure in San Diego's faith community as the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, San Diego. During his tenure, he noticed there were many people with unmet needs. God gave him a vision for an organization that would reach these people through four specific areas: tutoring, mentoring, transportation for seniors, and job re-entry assistance for the homeless and ex-offenders. Revered Smith called this new ministry, UPLIFT which stands for Urban People Living In Faith & Trust. In 1987 he and some committed volunteers began this legacy and never looked back. God has blessed UPLIFT ever since!