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When residents invest in the wellbeing of their neighbors and communities, they spread hope and achieve a greater purpose. From addressing food insecurity through food waste diversion to arts programs that share culture and artistic expression, local organizations are creating safe spaces for residents to serve, learn and connect. Veterans, students, older adults and people with disabilities are finding services that increase independence and inclusion. Together, partners in the community are creating a culture of connectedness that is positively impacting the Live Well San Diego Indicators for Vulnerable Populations and Community Involvement.

  

The City of National City has been making efforts to address food insecurity in neighborhoods throughout the city, and many stakeholders, including local residents, came together to address these goals by transforming a community space through a Market Makeover event led by A Reason to Survive (ARTS) and the Center for Regional Sustainability at San Diego State University

San Diego OASIS promotes healthy aging through lifelong learning, healthy living, social engagement, community involvement and their array of free educational classes - from the arts and humanities to wellness, fitness and travel. 

A free turkey giveaway at the “Four Corners of Life” in the community of Lincoln Park was organized by Paving Great Futures to give back to and build up this dynamic and diverse community. 

Feeding San Diego prevents food from becoming landfill waste by diverting excess produce and non-perishables to grateful families in need, seniors, and the military. 

                  

SUCCESS STORIES INFLUENCING SOCIAL

 

The San Diego Hunger Coalition, whose members include multiple Recognized Partners, worked together to increase access to CalFresh (SNAP) benefits, resulting in an additional 3,303 households and 5,496 low-income college students receiving CalFresh benefits.

                      

The San Diego Hunger Coalition, whose members include multiple Recognized Partners, worked together to increase access to CalFresh (SNAP) benefits, resulting in an additional 3,303 households and 5,496 low-income college students receiving CalFresh benefits. 

                      

The County of San Diego along with the San Diego Refugee Forum and the YMCA of San Diego County hosted over 300 participants at the 2018 World Refugee Day which celebrates the diversity of San Diego’s refugee population, showcases the cultures and customs of home countries, provides connections to resources and community organizations, and strengthens understanding among community members to create a more welcoming experience for all.

                      

The County of San Diego, International Rescue Committee, The Karen Organization,  Daily Harvest Express and the  YMCA of San Diego County, collaborated with the San Diego Refugee Forum to organize the 2018 World Refugee Day hosting over 300 participants and celebrating the diversity of cultures and customs of the local refugee population. 

                      

Annually, about 286,000 people attend programs and events offered at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, including free performances, museum exhibitions, educational classes and hands-on workshops for the community.

                      

Annually, about 286,000 people attend programs and events offered at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, including free performances, museum exhibitions, educational classes and hands-on workshops for the community.

                      

Poway OnStage is deeply committed to an extensive Arts in Education Initiative that serves nearly 5,000 students each year through a 21-year-old collaboration with the Poway Unified School District, most of whose schools are located within the City of San Diego, providing musical theater camps, in-school drama workshops, introduction to instruments and performing arts master classes.

                      

Poway OnStage is deeply committed to an extensive Arts in Education Initiative that serves nearly 5,000 students each year through a 21-year-old collaboration with the Poway Unified School District, most of whose schools are located within the City of San Diego, providing musical theater camps, in-school drama workshops, introduction to instruments and performing arts master classes. 

                      

Mental Health Systems’ Courage to Call offered healthy fruits and vegetables to approximately 4,800 military service members, veterans and their families which would not be possible without the help of roughly 280 community volunteers that have donated over 900 hours of their time to support ongoing food distributions.

                      

Mental Health Systems’ Courage to Call offered healthy fruits and vegetables to approximately 4,800 military service members, veterans and their families which would not be possible without the help of roughly 280 community volunteers that have donated over 900 hours of their time to support ongoing food distributions. 

                      

Interfaith Community Services’ volunteers have contributed 47,077 volunteer hours (which is equal to a donation of $1,369,462) and offer various skill sets and life experiences to ensure thousands of people receive nutrition, employment, housing, behavioral health and other supportive services.

                      

Interfaith Community Services’ volunteers have contributed 47,077 volunteer hours (which is equal to a donation of $1,369,462) and offer various skill sets and life experiences to ensure thousands of people receive nutrition, employment, housing, behavioral health and other supportive services. 

                      

YMCA of San Diego County’s Kinship Support Program annually partners with 2-1-1 San Diego and the County of San Diego to host free Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Relative Caregiver Symposiums throughout the year which served nearly 750 grandparents and other kinship families from all regions of the county.

                      

YMCA of San Diego County’s Kinship Support Program annually partners with 2-1-1 San Diego and the County of San Diego to host free Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Relative Caregiver Symposiums throughout the year which served nearly 750 grandparents and other kinship families from all regions of the county. 

                      

ProduceGood partnered with the City of Oceanside to harvest 8,000 pounds of citrus from 15 neighborhood orchards, providing over 24,000 servings of fruit to neighborhood feeding agencies and keeping 4 TONS of edible food from the landfill.

                      

ProduceGood partnered with the City of Oceanside to harvest 8,000 pounds of citrus from 15 neighborhood orchards, providing over 24,000 servings of fruit to neighborhood feeding agencies and keeping 4 TONS of edible food from the landfill.

                      

“We made some amazing connections (at the 2018 Live Well Advance). One example was a connection we made with Starbucks’ Social Impact Team. They were excited to learn about the work we are doing to provide vocational training, placement and support services for San Diego residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The sense of urgency to work collaboratively was so strong that we scheduled a follow up meeting with them for the following week and are currently working on creating a meaningful partnership to provide additional employment opportunities for San Diego residents.”

- Brian Garbark, Vice President of Community Engagement at Partnerships with Industry

             

“Town Square® is like Disneyland for seniors!” “I cannot tell you how thankful and pleased we are!! It has literally been life changing having her at Town Square®!” “My dad spent some time there this week and he seemed so much more alive!” “We are so grateful for the kindness, support and compassion you have shown our family as we move further into our journey with Alzheimer’s!”

– Family members of participants in The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Center’s first-of-its-kind, immersive 1950’s reminiscence therapy-focused environment for participants with dementia.

      

               

MAKING IMPACT PERSONAL

 

Barbara lives in the College Area, and she has been receiving monthly food assistance from the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at a food distribution center in the City of La Mesa. Barbara stands in line behind another senior citizen, Carol, who explains the situation many seniors face.

“It’s so tough getting by. Our first priority is rent, then medication, then utilities. Food is always the last priority,” explains Carol.

Every month, more than 10,000 seniors living near the poverty level receive food assistance from the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. In many cases, the food they receive prevents these seniors from facing hunger at home.

Food Bank Offers Help for Hungry Seniors

“I don’t know what I would do without the food that I get from the Food Bank every month. I would just like to thank the Food Bank’s donors. This is a godsend for us here today,” says Barbara as she takes food to her car.               

               

Carin French works for the Community Services for Families– East County Home Start Program and is a dedicated staff member committed to building resilient children and strengthening local families.

“I believe that children deserve the very best we have to give and my passion for working with children and families runs deep. Knowing that I am actually making a difference helping parents understand the value of spending time nurturing their children through respectful, responsive care-giving is what inspires me.”

French spends a typical day helping parents set goals and teaching them a variety of skills in a variety of locations—the park, library or even at stores, which can often be a challenge to navigate with a child.

A Day in the Life at Home Start: Meet Carin French, Visit Coach
Carin French

“I model for parents through play and thoughtful conversation to show them what respectful engaging interactions with children look like,” explains French. “I also spend part of my days coordinating visit schedules with parents, the transportation company, caregivers, kids and social workers. And a portion of my day is spent in the office to prep activities to bring to visits, such as art and craft projects or specific games and materials to help parents engage with their children.

One of her most memorable experiences she had with a client was working with a “tough biker dad” as he ditched his rough exterior and became the loving, kind, soft and compassionate father his baby needed him to be.

“It was very rewarding. I will always remember this client’s transformation and enjoy hearing from him from time to time letting me know how well they are doing.”

               

               

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