AREA OF INFLUENCE - SOCIAL

Communities thrive when people get to know their neighbors and are invested in the well-being of the people they interact with every day. Live Well San Diego partners encourage community connections and engaged citizens. New residents are finding hope through refugee and survivor support programs, foster youth and families are discovering resiliency through training and education, seniors are receiving comfort and nourishment through meal delivery services, and volunteers are gaining greater purpose by giving back to their neighbors.

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HELPING

REFUGEES THRIVE

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

GETTING INVOLVED &

GIVING BACK

ADDRESSING FOOD

INSECURITY

Each year, San Diego County welcomes more refugees than any other region in California. When refugee and immigrant families arrive, they often experience culture shock because the legal, social, health, employment and transportation systems are so unfamiliar. Partners serve this diverse community by providing resources, services and programs to make the transition easier.

 

The Nile Sisters Development Initiative offered ongoing training and support programs serving more than 2,000 refugee and immigrant women and their families to make the process of resettling easier.

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

HELPING REFUGEES THRIVE

Nile Sisters Development Initiative

GIVING HOPE TO SURVIVORS

 

In her home country, Amina’s* friends and colleagues were kidnapped, tortured and killed because they stood for human rights. Amina had been beaten so badly that she found it painful to walk; she was so close to being killed and had little hope for her future.

 

When Amina came to SURVIVORS, she would burst into tears

uncontrollably. She isolated herself from others because she was afraid she would be found by those from her home country who wanted to torture and kill her. Through SURVIVORS, Amina met others who also survived the horrors of torture and who understood and reached out to support her. Slowly, she began to move forward with her life. She found she was not alone in her experiences and she had a community to share in her journey toward healing.

 

Today, Amina is enrolled in college and working part-time. Many SURVIVORS clients have enrolled in adult or college courses, secured work permits, found jobs and are giving back to their community.

 

*Name has been changed to protect client’s identity.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

Partner organizations consistently provide innovative and unique ways for residents and families in all walks of life to thrive. As the only organization in San Diego that supports families in providing long-term care for foster children under 5 years old in San Diego County, Angels Foster Family Network created a community of foster parents who are committed to creating a sense of stability for children until they are reunified with their biological family or adopted. In an effort to address the challenges military families are facing, Social Advocates for Youth San Diego convened the San Diego Military Family Collaborative Annual Conference to promote the collective goal of making San Diego one of the best regions for military families in the nation.

 

To support relatives caring for young family-members, special events were held county-wide. One such event held in North County brought together over 150 relatives and children at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium held in collaboration with the City of San Marcos and numerous other partners to educate and support grandparents and other caregivers who are raising relative children in their communities.

 

By the year 2030, the number of individuals over the age of 65 is estimated to increase by 71% (SANDAG). Several Live Well San Diego partners serve San Diego’s aging population. By caring for hundreds of seniors on a daily basis, ElderHelp of

Serving Seniors

San Diego impacts the health, happiness and well-being of the aging community. In partnership with Leah’s Pantry, ElderHelp provided monthly cooking classes to low-income seniors. Serving Seniors also strove to help seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives. Serving nearly 600,000 meals annually at 10 congregate dining sites as well as providing activities, social services and health education at their Senior Wellness Center allowed struggling seniors to remain independent in their community.

GIVING FATHERS A SECOND CHANCE

When Monti was released from prison in 2010, he faced the harsh reality of finding a home and assuming full custody of his four- and five-year old sons.

 

“When my two sons were dropped on me with no place to live, no food, no clothes, nothing, nada, I thought to myself, ‘I need to get into St. Vincent de Paul no matter what.’”

 

 

Monti’s children also benefited from behavioral, developmental and clinically based childcare. With an eye toward long-term academic success, they were tutored in an after school care

Monti at Father Joe's Villages

program and even had their very own set of “foster grandparents.”  Thanks to his commitment to being a good father and role model and through the tailored approach of Father Joe’s Villages, Monti was able to move to a self-sustained life outside the Village with his happy, healthy sons.

GETTING INVOLVED & GIVING BACK

San Diego residents are committed to improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods by engaging with one another and striving to build better environments and healthier lives for themselves and their neighbors. In the south region, Casa Familiar supported Familias Sanas y Activas, a program that promoted physical activity while training promotoras to become civically engaged in support of increasing Latino health outcomes in the region. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego prioritizes Character Building. Last year, more than 4,200 young people participated in BE A HERO, their anti-bullying program that helped youth ages 5-18 develop the skills and resiliency to stand up to bullies and to be able to stand up for others.

 

Throughout the year, there were many opportunities across the region that brought residents together in the name of healthy,

safe and thriving communities. For the 7th year in a row, the North San Diego Business Chamber hosted San Diego Women's Week featuring a week of speakers, activities and networking aimed at empowering, inspiring and connecting women from all over the region. Students, parents, and staff at Albert Einstein Academy Elementary Charter School in the San Diego Unified School District and Central School in National School District held a successful Great Kindness Challenge Event, where an entire week was dedicated to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. South Bay Community Services honored Cesar Chavez through a “Day of Service” where more than 200 volunteers and students from Sweetwater Union High School District came together to commemorate Cesar Chavez through education, celebration and service.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego

North San Diego Business Chamber

Partners are helping make engagement and giving back easy. Sustainable Surplus Exchange fosters corporate social responsibility through the donation of surplus items to be repurposed to underserved schools, charitable organizations and cash-strapped start-ups, supporting thousands of students, teachers, nonprofit constituents and entrepreneurs.

 

Members of the Live Well San Diego Lion’s Club took advantage of numerous opportunities to contribute throughout the year by supporting the annual Blind Surf Event, adopting and renovating ‘Sienna’s PlayGarden’ in Rancho Peñasquitos and advocating for Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Sustainable Surplus Exchange

MAKING IT EASY FOR SAN DIEGANS TO CLEAN UP THEIR COMMUNITIES

 

“The best part of being a site captain is the vested interest in protecting and enhancing the beauty and health of a 'great place' - be it a canyon, creek, or beach," said Jane Donley, who has been the Ocean Beach - Dog Beach Volunteer Site Captain since 1993. "Over years one can see improvements, and socializing with neighbors for a good cause improves everyone's quality of life.”

 

More than 19,000 hours of volunteer services were dedicated to enhancing San Diego’s beaches, bays, canyons and parks.  When our environment thrives, the quality of life for San Diegans improves as well.

I Love A Clean San Diego

ADDRESSING FOOD INSECURITY

Partners are working together to improve access to affordable, nutritious food for all San Diegans. Food Day was celebrated across the county as Community Health Improvement Partners hosted the 3rd annual Let's Go Local! Produce Showcase, encouraging community members to engage with local farmers and learn about fresh, local produce.  And La Mesa-Spring Valley School District partnered with the County to present the La Mesa Food Day Passport Challenge, which encouraged students and families to engage with local farmers and learn about fresh produce at the La Mesa Farmers Market. Throughout the county, residents are able to access fun and informative ways to learn about healthy food options with Jimbo’s…Naturally!, including free store tours for all ages and educational lectures and cooking classes.

Jimbo's...Naturally!

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COMMUNITY

Click on the tabs below to learn more about partner success stories under each topic.

HEALTH

HELPING

REFUGEES

THRIVE

COMMUNITY

SUPPORT ACROSS

THE LIFESPAN

GETTING

INVOLVED &

GIVING BACK

ADDRESSING

FOOD

INSECURITY

HELPING REFUGEES THRIVE

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

Nile Sisters Development Initiative

Each year, San Diego County welcomes more refugees than any other region in California. When refugee and immigrant families arrive, they often experience culture shock because the legal, social, health, employment and transportation systems are so unfamiliar. Partners serve this diverse community by providing resources, services and programs to make the transition easier.

 

The Nile Sisters Development Initiative offered ongoing training and support programs serving more than 2,000 refugee and immigrant women and their families to make the process of resettling easier.

GIVING HOPE TO SURVIVORS

 

In her home country, Amina’s* friends and colleagues were kidnapped, tortured and killed because they stood for human rights. Amina had been beaten so badly that she found it painful to walk; she was so close to being killed and had little hope for her future.

 

When Amina came to SURVIVORS, she would burst into tears uncontrollably. She isolated herself from others because she was afraid she would be found by those from her home country who wanted to torture and kill her. Through SURVIVORS, Amina met others who also survived the horrors of torture and who understood and reached out to support her. Slowly, she began to move forward with her life. She found she was not alone in her experiences and she had a community to share in her journey toward healing.

 

Today, Amina is enrolled in college and working part-time. Many SURVIVORS clients have enrolled in adult or college courses, secured work permits, found jobs and are giving back to their community.

 

*Name has been changed to protect client’s identity.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

Serving Seniors

Partner organizations consistently provide innovative and unique ways for residents and families in all walks of life to thrive. As the only organization in San Diego that supports families in providing long-term care for foster children under 5 years old in San Diego County, Angels Foster Family Network created a community of foster parents who are committed to creating a sense of stability for children until they are reunified with their biological family or adopted. In an effort to address the challenges military families are facing, Social Advocates for Youth San Diego convened the San Diego Military Family Collaborative Annual Conference to promote the collective goal of making San Diego one of the best regions for military families in the nation.

 

To support relatives caring for young family-members, special events were held county-wide. One such event held in North County brought together over 150 relatives and children at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium held in collaboration with the City of San Marcos and numerous other partners to educate and support grandparents and other caregivers who are raising relative children in their communities.

 

By the year 2030, the number of individuals over the age of 65 is estimated to increase by 71% (SANDAG). Several Live Well San Diego partners serve San Diego’s aging population. By caring for hundreds of seniors on a daily basis, ElderHelp of San Diego impacts the health, happiness and well-being of the aging community. In partnership with Leah’s Pantry, ElderHelp provided monthly cooking classes to low-income seniors. Serving Seniors also strove to help seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives. Serving nearly 600,000 meals annually at 10 congregate dining sites as well as providing activities, social services and health education at their Senior Wellness Center allowed struggling seniors to remain independent in their community.

GIVING FATHERS A SECOND CHANCE

When Monti was released from prison in 2010, he faced the harsh reality of finding a home and assuming full custody of his four- and five-year old sons.

 

“When my two sons were dropped on me with no place to live, no food, no clothes, nothing, nada, I thought to myself, ‘I need to get into St. Vincent de Paul no matter what.’”

Monti at Father Joe's Villages

Monti rose to the challenges and came to Father Joe’s Villages for help. He and his sons Melvin and Monti Jr. entered the family program in the Joan Kroc Center at St. Vincent de Paul Village. Monti took full advantage of Father Joe’s Villages housing programs and supportive services. From computer courses to resume writing classes, Monti showed up every day to better his life and provide for his family. Looking to be healthy and ready for their next chapter, Monti and his boys received medical and dental care from the Village Family Health Center and Monti attended individualized recovery counseling to kick his past destructive habits.

 

Monti’s children also benefited from behavioral, developmental and clinically based childcare. With an eye toward long-term academic success, they were tutored in an after school care program and even had their very own set of “foster grandparents.”  Thanks to his commitment to being a good father and role model and through the tailored approach of Father Joe’s Villages, Monti was able to move to a self-sustained life outside the Village with his happy, healthy sons.

GETTING INVOLVED & GIVING BACK

San Diego residents are committed to improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods by engaging with one another and striving to build better environments and healthier lives for themselves and their neighbors. In the south region, Casa Familiar supported Familias Sanas y Activas, a program that promoted physical activity while training promotoras to become civically engaged in support of increasing Latino health outcomes in the region. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego prioritizes Character Building. Last year, more than 4,200 young people participated in BE A HERO, their anti-bullying program that helped youth ages 5-18 develop the skills and resiliency to stand up to bullies and to be able to stand up for others.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego

Throughout the year, there were many opportunities across the region that brought residents together in the name of healthy, safe and thriving communities. For the 7th year in a row, the North San Diego Business Chamber hosted San Diego Women's Week featuring a week of speakers, activities and networking aimed at empowering, inspiring and connecting women from all over the region. Students, parents, and staff at Albert Einstein Academy Elementary Charter School in the San Diego Unified School District and Central School in National School District held a successful Great Kindness Challenge Event, where an entire week was dedicated to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. South Bay Community Services honored Cesar Chavez through a “Day of Service” where more than 200 volunteers and students from Sweetwater Union High School District came together to commemorate Cesar Chavez through education, celebration and service.

North San Diego Business Chamber

Partners are helping make engagement and giving back easy. Sustainable Surplus Exchange fosters corporate social responsibility through the donation of surplus items to be repurposed to underserved schools, charitable organizations and cash-strapped start-ups, supporting thousands of students, teachers, nonprofit constituents and entrepreneurs.

Sustainable Surplus Exchange

Members of the Live Well San Diego Lion’s Club took advantage of numerous opportunities to contribute throughout the year by supporting the annual Blind Surf Event, adopting and renovating ‘Sienna’s PlayGarden’ in Rancho Peñasquitos and advocating for Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.

MAKING IT EASY FOR SAN DIEGANS TO CLEAN UP THEIR COMMUNITIES

I Love A Clean San Diego

 

“The best part of being a site captain is the vested interest in protecting and enhancing the beauty and health of a 'great place' - be it a canyon, creek, or beach," said Jane Donley, who has been the Ocean Beach - Dog Beach Volunteer Site Captain since 1993. "Over years one can see improvements, and socializing with neighbors for a good cause improves everyone's quality of life.”

 

More than 19,000 hours of volunteer services were dedicated to enhancing San Diego’s beaches, bays, canyons and parks.  When our environment thrives, the quality of life for San Diegans improves as well.

ADDRESSING FOOD INSECURITY

Jimbo's...Naturally!

Partners are working together to improve access to affordable, nutritious food for all San Diegans. Food Day was celebrated across the county as Community Health Improvement Partners hosted the 3rd annual Let's Go Local! Produce Showcase, encouraging community members to engage with local farmers and learn about fresh, local produce.  And La Mesa-Spring Valley School District partnered with the County to present the La Mesa Food Day Passport Challenge, which encouraged students and families to engage with local farmers and learn about fresh produce at the La Mesa Farmers Market. Throughout the county, residents are able to access fun and informative ways to learn about healthy food options with Jimbo’s…Naturally!, including free store tours for all ages and educational lectures and cooking classes.