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Reactions, Impacts from HHS Grant Recipients

The San Diego Foundation, with assistance from San Diego Regional Affiliate leaders throughout the county, granted a total of $369,000 to 30 nonprofits in the health and human services (HHS) fields in November.

The recipients were selected based on their recent work in abuse/crisis, hospice, homeless/mental health, developmentally disabled and senior healthcare and nutrition.

Some of our recipients below share what this grant means to them and their nonprofits in 2015.

Grant Recipient Reactions & 2015 Impacts

Recipient:
Community Resource Center
Amount:

$14,636
Mission:
To provide families in need and victims of domestic violence with safety, stability and a path to self-sufficiency.
Initial Reaction:
“My response was elation! We weren’t counting on it. When we got word that we get another $14,000… that’s just great news – huge news. We felt our work was confirmed.”
Impact on 2015:
“We are committed to expanding our ability to respond to the unfortunately never-ending need for services relative to domestic violence prevention and intervention. These resources will serve to provide the opportunity for women and their children to gain access to our emergency shelter and the array of services that are available to those families in our shelter, and provide counseling support.”
Paul B. Thompson, CEO, Community Resource Center


Recipient:
Interfaith Community Services
Amount:

$16,444
Mission:
To promote mutual understanding and respect among the member faiths; to deal with issues which affect the religious community; to share the members’ concerns for these problems.
Initial Reaction:
“One of gratitude and thankfulness. It was unexpected. We hadn’t heard about the opportunity and didn’t know it was coming. For a gift of that size to come in at a time when we were getting ready to launch a largely unfunded initiative to address homelessness, it was a wonderful grant to receive.”
Impact on 2015:
“We’re using the funds to support a comprehensive collaboration throughout North County to address homelessness among veterans and veterans’ families, called 25 Cities North County. It’s a regional effort of more than a dozen service providers to build a system that’s really going to make an impact on homelessness, particularly for veterans. I’m excited about the opportunity to share this program with more people.”
Greg Anglea, Executive Director, Interfaith Community Services


Recipient:
Center for Community Solutions
Amount:

$14,636
Mission:
To end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice.
Initial Reaction:
“I was thrilled and honored that we were selected to receive those funds. There’s greater need than the capacity that we can provide for. We’re always looking for additional support to serve our community.”
Impact on 2015:
“With this funding, we want to serve survivors of relationship violence and sexual assault with our counseling, legal, and shelter services.”
Verna Griffin-Tabor, CEO, Center for Community Solutions


Recipient:
Ramona Senior Center
Amount:

$6,876
Mission:
To contribute to the dignity, well-being and independence of the community’s seniors.
Initial Reaction:
“To say I was extremely happy would be putting it mildly. I’m happy, thrilled and honored that we were chosen.”
Impact on 2015:
“We’ll use this funding toward our nutrition program. Our number one goal is our nutrition program for our seniors. We deliver food to nine zip codes and approximately 225 meals per day.”
Ray Cardona, Director, Ramona Senior Center


Recipient:
Meals-on-Wheels
Amount:

$6,876
Mission:
To support the independence and well-being of seniors.
Initial Reaction:
“We were thrilled. We work so hard at garnering grants. The need is so great with senior hunger out there. We have 9 million seniors hungry in the United States. It’s a frightening number.”
Impact on 2015:
“We’re definitely going to the purchase more food [for seniors] as prices keep escalating. This crazy weather has caused havoc in the grain market, the meat market. It all feeds off of each other. The need is so great.”
Debbie Case, President & CEO, Meals-on-Wheels

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Want to learn more about these nonprofits and the 25 other grant recipients? Access our press release below with the complete list of grant recipients and links to their online resources.

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