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Financial stability is important for everyone. Having sufficient resources to afford the costs of basic living has a positive influence on the overall financial health and well-being of the community.  Financial stability, however, is not a reality for some people facing personal barriers and unexpected challenges.  Partners are providing individuals and families with the help they need to get back on their feet and learn the skills necessary to become self-sufficient.

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Americans may be living longer than ever before, but their bank accounts aren’t in nearly as good of condition. The American Association of Retired Persons reports that half of Baby Boomers are not on track to afford basic expenses in retirement. Three quarters of Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have less than $30,000 saved for retirement and 40% of Baby Boomers have no retirement savings whatsoever.

 

To address these concerns, the County of San Diego collaborated with San Diego County Credit Union and other community partners to host a day-long “Financial Wellness for 50+” seminar. Over 230 people attended the event to hear local financial journalist George Chamberlin share his wisdom and to participate in more than twenty-five educational workshops. Topics included: Getting Started with Saving at 50+, Understanding Investment Risk, Strategies for Getting Out of Debt, and Help for the Lower Income Senior.

 

Financial wellness is important for people of all ages, not just aging adults. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s (SDFLC) literacy programs educated and empowered individuals and families to make sound financial decisions and to develop positive personal finance habits for life. The Smart

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San Diego County Credit Union

With Money Financial Opportunity Clinics offered a unique collaborative opportunity for non-profits, government entities and community oriented business professionals to provide clear, concise, custom and culturally competent financial education in a confidential setting.  Participants received advice from credentialed volunteer professionals on personal finance topics for people of all ages looking to improve their financial health.

A BOOST FOR A LOCAL HERO

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center established Boost for our Heroes, an effort to help the military community become one of San Diego's most financially literate populations.  The program provides a variety of workshops and one-on-one consultations to help active duty military and veterans become financially stable.

 

A recent award recipient of the program was Rachel Chapman and her family. Chapman is an active duty Navy Chief and her husband, Cole, a Navy veteran. While Mrs. Chapman was on deployment with the USS Independence, Mr. Chapman got into an accident while traveling home from school.

 

“As he merged his motorcycle onto the 8 east, a driver drove Cole off the freeway and into a curb and changed all of our lives forever,” said Mrs. Chapman. “The guardrail took one of his legs and destroyed the other.”

 

The Chapmans were forced to move and dramatically change their lives. Financially, they were struggling - overburdened with medical debt and in need of assistance to help get them back on

track to self-sufficiency. Through several one-on-one financial counseling sessions with the SDFLC, a financial road map started to evolve.  SDFLC also reached out to several partners who were quick to offer support programs when they heard the Chapmans’ story. Now the Chapmans are working their way towards a financial life that is more secure and free of the stresses of debt.

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

More than just financial wellness, partners are creating a better standard of living with job training programs. And it’s never too early to start. More than 24,000 San Diegans attended the Biocom Institute’s San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering EXPO Day at PETCO Park on March 5, 2016. In support of Biocom’s vision to create a diverse community of life science professionals, the event featured interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities designed to engage children, youth and families in all that encompasses STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

 

Also in the technology field is San Diego Futures Foundation’s “Youth IT Program,” a workforce program designed to engage low-income youth in potential IT career pathways. Through mentorship with volunteer IT professionals, the program promotes its participants’ self-sustainability while enhancing San Diego’s growing technology community.

 

Youth aren’t the only age group who need job support. In September 2015, Kitchens for Good launched its first social enterprise kitchen at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Southeast San Diego. In this 25,000 square foot kitchen and event space Kitchens for Good operated a robust catering and events company. In addition, they use the space’s kitchen to prepare meals for their senior meal contracts and train 100 men and women a year in their culinary job training program for unemployed populations. In addition, Jewish Family Service’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provided community services and work-based training to unemployed participants 55 years of age or older. Through the SCSEP program, participants received job

Biocom Institute

search assistance, and had the opportunity to receive training in a wide variety of community services activities at non-profit and public facilities.

 

The San Diego Workforce Partnership used data-informed systems to share labor market research throughout the San Diego region, helping the labor force to know which sectors are hiring and the necessary job skills needed. They created poster boards that highlight data, career pathways, education, and potential income and posted sets at local businesses, 10 school districts, community colleges, career centers and community-based organizations, with an estimated 2,500 boards on display throughout the region. They also translated the boards into Spanish, expanding their reach and impact.

A LEARNING AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS

 

Students from local universities’ data science programs competed for cash prizes and internships provided by participating companies. For students, this was an opportunity

Biocom Institute

to get in front of future employers and demonstrate their data science skills using real world data to solve meaningful problems.

HEALTHY EMPLOYEES, HEALTHY BOTTOM LINE

To create more opportunities for the workforce of the future, local businesses are stepping up as leaders in creating internal wellness programs, which have been shown to increase productivity and reduce absenteeism.

 

Northgate Gonzalez Markets was the first business in San Diego to partner with Live Well San Diego. They received the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award from the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition for their efforts in creating a breastfeeding friendly environment in the workplace. Moreover, the Arthritis Foundation was awarded CDC funding to collaborate with local community partners to expand the Walk with Ease program (6-week self-guided walking and health education program) in the workplace and enhance their employee wellness efforts. A total of 200 County of San Diego employees participated in the program. And the National City Chamber of Commerce held the 1st annual National City Bike to Business (Work) Day, along with celebrations of the completion of their Bicycle Master Plan.

 

As part of their team member benefits, Target offered a wellness discount.  Team members receive an additional 20 percent off fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, items

National City Chamber of Commerce

from their Simply Balanced wellness line and their C9 brand of activewear, on top of their existing employee discount. Additionally, they continuously work on enhancing team member career-growth and career-planning support to help focus on longevity and personal fulfillment.

“The County programs where we assist with marketing and communications are making a tangible difference in the lives of all San Diego County residents. We are able to be a part of the change we want to see. I am proud of the work and the commitment of the MJE team in our efforts to make San Diego a better place to work and live. I want my sons to feel this sense of pride in the region and I know they will want to play a role as community leaders.”

 

- Marlee J. Ehrenfeld

Founder and Chief Creative Officer

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San Diego County Credit Union

Americans may be living longer than ever before, but their bank accounts aren’t in nearly as good of condition. The American Association of Retired Persons reports that half of Baby Boomers are not on track to afford basic expenses in retirement. Three quarters of Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have less than $30,000 saved for retirement and 40% of Baby Boomers have no retirement savings whatsoever.

 

To address these concerns, the County of San Diego collaborated with San Diego County Credit Union and other community partners to host a day-long “Financial Wellness for 50+” seminar. Over 230 people attended the event to hear local financial journalist George Chamberlin share his wisdom and to participate in more than twenty-five educational workshops. Topics included: Getting Started with Saving at 50+, Understanding Investment Risk, Strategies for Getting Out of Debt, and Help for the Lower Income Senior.

 

Financial wellness is important for people of all ages, not just aging adults. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s (SDFLC) literacy programs educated and empowered individuals and families to make sound financial decisions and to develop positive personal finance habits for life. The Smart With Money Financial Opportunity Clinics offered a unique collaborative opportunity for non-profits, government entities and community oriented business professionals to provide clear, concise, custom and culturally competent financial education in a confidential setting.  Participants received advice from credentialed volunteer professionals on personal finance topics for people of all ages looking to improve their financial health.

A BOOST FOR A LOCAL HERO

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center established Boost for our Heroes, an effort to help the military community become one of San Diego's most financially literate populations.  The program provides a variety of workshops and one-on-one consultations to help active duty military and veterans become financially stable.

 

A recent award recipient of the program was Rachel Chapman and her family. Chapman is an active duty Navy Chief and her husband, Cole, a Navy veteran. While Mrs. Chapman was on deployment with the USS Independence, Mr. Chapman got into an accident while traveling home from school.

 

“As he merged his motorcycle onto the 8 east, a driver drove Cole off the freeway and into a curb and changed all of our lives forever,” said Mrs. Chapman. “The guardrail took one of his legs and destroyed the other.”

 

The Chapmans were forced to move and dramatically change their lives. Financially, they were struggling - overburdened with medical debt and in need of assistance to help get them back on track to self-sufficiency. Through several one-on-one financial counseling sessions with the SDFLC, a financial road map started to evolve.  SDFLC also reached out to several partners who were quick to offer support programs when they heard the Chapmans’ story. Now the Chapmans are working their way towards a financial life that is more secure and free of the stresses of debt.

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Biocom Institute

More than just financial wellness, partners are creating a better standard of living with job training programs. And it’s never too early to start. More than 24,000 San Diegans attended the Biocom Institute’s San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering EXPO Day at PETCO Park on March 5, 2016. In support of Biocom’s vision to create a diverse community of life science professionals, the event featured interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities designed to engage children, youth and families in all that encompasses STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

 

Also in the technology field is San Diego Futures Foundation’s “Youth IT Program,” a workforce program designed to engage low-income youth in potential IT career pathways. Through mentorship with volunteer IT professionals, the program promotes its participants’ self-sustainability while enhancing San Diego’s growing technology community.

 

Youth aren’t the only age group who need job support. In September 2015, Kitchens for Good launched its first social enterprise kitchen at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Southeast San Diego. In this 25,000 square foot kitchen and event space Kitchens for Good operated a robust catering and events company. In addition, they use the space’s kitchen to prepare meals for their senior meal contracts and train 100 men and women a year in their culinary job training program for unemployed populations. In addition, Jewish Family Service’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provided community services and work-based training to unemployed participants 55 years of age or older. Through the SCSEP program, participants received job search assistance, and had the opportunity to receive training in a wide variety of community services activities at non-profit and public facilities.

 

The San Diego Workforce Partnership used data-informed systems to share labor market research throughout the San Diego region, helping the labor force to know which sectors are hiring and the necessary job skills needed. They created poster boards that highlight data, career pathways, education, and potential income and posted sets at local businesses, 10 school districts, community colleges, career centers and community-based organizations, with an estimated 2,500 boards on display throughout the region. They also translated the boards into Spanish, expanding their reach and impact.

A LEARNING AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS

Biocom Institute

 

Students from local universities’ data science programs competed for cash prizes and internships provided by participating companies. For students, this was an opportunity to get in front of future employers and demonstrate their data science skills using real world data to solve meaningful problems.

HEALTHY EMPLOYEES,

HEALTHY BOTTOM LINE

National City Chamber of Commerce

To create more opportunities for the workforce of the future, local businesses are stepping up as leaders in creating internal wellness programs, which have been shown to increase productivity and reduce absenteeism.

 

Northgate Gonzalez Markets was the first business in San Diego to partner with Live Well San Diego. They received the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award from the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition for their efforts in creating a breastfeeding friendly environment in the workplace. Moreover, the Arthritis Foundation was awarded CDC funding to collaborate with local community partners to expand the Walk with Ease program (6-week self-guided walking and health education program) in the workplace and enhance their employee wellness efforts. A total of 200 County of San Diego employees participated in the program. And the National City Chamber of Commerce held the 1st annual National City Bike to Business (Work) Day, along with celebrations of the completion of their Bicycle Master Plan.

 

As part of their team member benefits, Target offered a wellness discount. Team members received an additional 20 percent off fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, items from their Simply Balanced wellness line and their C9 brand of activewear, on top of their existing employee discount. Additionally, they continuously work on enhancing team member career-growth and career-planning support to help focus on longevity and personal fulfillment.

“The County programs where we assist with marketing and communications are making a tangible difference in the lives of all San Diego County residents. We are able to be a part of the change we want to see. I am proud of the work and the commitment of the MJE team in our efforts to make San Diego a better place to work and live. I want my sons to feel this sense of pride in the region and I know they will want to play a role as community leaders.”

 

- Marlee J. Ehrenfeld,

Founder and Chief Creative Officer