have received many letters of gratitude from organizations we have
We should all be proud of what FOCUS contributes to our Community.
Lisa Alves: email@example.com
Jean Bauer: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPROVED IN MAY
School $1,700 Shopper: Jeri
mission of Aseltine School is to establish a partnership with
"at-risk" youth in which they imaginatively challenge,
support and prepare them to gain better understanding and insight
into the barriers that have limited their access to
"mainstream" school and community; develop the skills,
knowledge and resources necessary to overcome these barriers;
develop the self-esteem that transforms fatalism and self-doubt
into purposeful action; and make an independent and productive
transition back into school, employment and community.
School is in need of a new Portable Public Address package with accessories
to provide a number of much needed technology improvements for
their student program. This
will update their current huge, heavy speaker and buzzing, humming
and muffled microphone sound system.
It will directly support the students in many ways,
including: “Student Reflections” every Friday in which all
students and staff recognize weekly academic and behavioral
accomplishments, all assemblies, Promotion and Graduation with
recognition of students, founders Club Kick off – when students
speak about their experiences to current and prospective donors,
Place $2,500 Shopper: Jean
Place is a local non-profit support center for women, children and
families where “love grows” through generous community
support. They are the only organization in San Diego dedicated to serving women,
children, and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Their mission
is to empower individuals whose lives have been affected by
HIV/AIDS to take charge of their own health and wellness, and by
doing so, improve their quality of life as well as the quality of
life of those family members surrounding them.
The majority of
clients who receive services at Christie’s Place are well below
the federal poverty line. This often makes it difficult for
parents to provide properly for their children. Christie’s Place
has basically depleted their supply of hygiene products for
children and adolescents, therefore we will be purchasing toddler
pull-ups, baby wipes and wash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion,
toothpaste, toothbrushes, shavers and feminine hygiene products to
help replenish their supply.
APPROVED IN APRIL
SCHOOL $1,200 Shopper:
Jeri Barsz and Joann Palmer
to provide youth impacted by homelessness with access to
education, but also with necessities such as food, clothing and
emotional support. To do this they have an on-campus Boutique
called the “ Butterfly Boutique” that FOCUS has continually
supported. They hold shopping days every Wednesday and Thursday
for their students. FOCUS
will be providing leggings for girls, jeans for boys along with
brushes and combs.
POLINSKY CHILDREN’S CENTER- Promises2kids-$3,000 Shopper:Stephanie
Polinsky Children’s Center is a 24-hour facility operated by the
County of San Diego temporary shelter for children.
The center was built on land donated by the county with
funds raised exclusively from private donations under the auspices
of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation.
children may have been separated from their families for their own
safety, or have been neglected; or whose parents are unable to
provide for them. The
daily population of children served is 120-192.
FOCUS, the children will be provided a bike helmet so they can
participate in “bike day” at the center, hygiene products,
crafts, Legos, wristwatches and ear buds.
We will also equip the children’s general play area with
a large TV, a play station and play station controllers,
accessories and games.
APPROVED IN MARCH
THROUGH READING $2,100 Shopper: Joann Palmer
United Through Reading is working with crew from
the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier which will have
6,000 sailors and marines on board when they deploy this summer.
They also working with three smaller ships that will deploy in the
same time frame: USS Princeton, USS Bunker Hill, and USS Pearl
FOCUS is able to provide five recordings set-ups
(two for the carrier and three for the other ships).
The gift will make it possible for 2,150 stories to travel
across the oceans to military children in San Diego.
2,150 bedtime stories will
help 4,300 San Diego children to fall asleep to the sound of their
faraway parent’s voice.
ADAPTIVE SPORTS CAMP $3,700 Shopper: Mandy Cohn
The Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association (ASRA)
provides sports and recreational activities/opportunities for
physically disabled youth, adults and veterans throughout San
Diego County. Their
signature event for youth is the Junior Adaptive Sports Camp,
taking place this year from July 24th-29th at Miramar
College and North Crown Point Shores (all FOCUS members are
invited to attend the event). FOCUS is supporting this event by
providing nursing supplies and tee-shirts for the children.
Prep Academy $1,000 Shopper: Lesley
The mission of Nativity Prep Academy is to provide
an exceptional education and comprehensive college-access programs
for hardworking, low-income students over the course of 11 years,
from middle school through college.
NPA students represent the first generation in their
families to earn a college education.
Nativity Prep Academy is starting a Robotics Team
and wants to participate in the First Lego Robotics League.
The mission of the First Lego Robotics League is
to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by
engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build
science, engineering, and technology skills.
Students must design, build, program
a robot using the required robotics kits, and then compete on a
tabletop playing field. All teams use the same kits to build
robotics so they have an even playing field in terms of materials
they can use. FOCUS will be providing the standardized robotics
APPROVED IN FEBRUARY
HILL CARE FACILITIES-$2,750 Shopper:
The Therapeutic Learning Center, located on-site at
Vista Hill’s ParentCare Family Recovery Centers, is a licensed
specialized childcare center and preschool.
It focuses on the multiple needs of children who have been
exposed to drugs and alcohol in-utero and/or have spent their
first years of life in substance abusing, dysfunctional homes.
Currently approximately 150 mothers, and their young children, are
served annually at ParentCare East and an additional 100 mothers
and their children at ParentCare Central.
$200 monthly allocation to support the ParentCare TLC in La Mesa
as well as a $75 monthly allocation to support the new childcare
center in Central ParentCare facility has been approved. The funds
would be used to purchase equipment and materials for childcare
centers at both ParentCare sites, including diapers and other
infant supplies, educational materials, supplies for
arts/crafts/educational activities, toys and other childcare
$1,800 on-going grant Shopper: Nanci Copley
The Burrito Boyz/Kids Korner mission
is to help nourish the spirit of the Street Homeless of San Diego
County by providing Hot Food & Comfort.
Every Sunday volunteers meet at Long Island Mikes Pizza
Kitchen on Murphy Canyon Road to make over 600 breakfast burritos
for our SD Homeless community.
We approved KIDS Korner with an on-going grant of $1,800 to
supply healthy snacks and school supplies for kids.
Reading Legacies “Family
Connections Shared Reading Program $3,000
Shoppers: Fran Becker and Marsha Frisbie
The mission of Reading Legacies is to empower
children and youth as valued family and community members through
intergenerational shared-reading experiences.
Their vision is that shared-reading will connect all
children and youth to their families and communities. The primary
focus is to help the most vulnerable children and youth in their
community, especially those in underserved, low-income areas.
The children who receive these books experience great joy
knowing that their loved one is safe and still able to communicate
with them through the simple act of reading a book on DVD.
The books focus on messages building character values.
We approved to purchase 750 children’s paperback books,
these will be sent to children of incarcerated parents who
participate in the Family Connections program.
The David’s Harp Foundation
The David’s Harp Foundation is a San Diego
non-profit organization since 2009 that inspires, educates and
empowers at-risk and homeless youth to achieve academic success
through teaching sound engineering, music education, song writing
and multimedia production. The
program taught after school teaches students how to produce the
media that they consume everyday through their project-based
curriculums, which include Podcasting, Modern Music Production and
The 2 room studio is located downtown San Diego and
has been started with donated state of the equipment and supported
by volunteer professional musicians and music/video production
volunteers teach specific curriculums, mentor students to succeed
academically and socially and provide encouragement to do well in
school by providing extra studio and instructor time for
increasing school grades. We
approved 1 iMac computer 2.8 GHz processor 8GB onboard memory, 2
lighting kits and tripods, to be used to teach kids how to produce
music and music videos
APPROVED IN JANUARY-$20,800
For Children $2500 Shopper Lorna Perez-Caster
for Children transforms the lives of abused children by providing
them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).
With the support of a CASA, a child in foster care is more likely
to succeed, receive vital services, and find a safe, permanent
home. $2,500 has been approved to purchase car seats and
other items to meet basic needs of foster children
Diego Youth Emergency Shelter-(StoreFront )$2,400 Shoppers Lucile
Fleming and Carla Bacon
Emergency Shelter is a program of San Diego Youth Services, a
nationally recognized social service agency working to help
at-risk youth and their families become self-sufficient and reach
their highest potential. The Storefront is San Diego's only
emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth ages 12-17.
We will be providing fresh fruit and vegetables, portable snacks, and
Street Angels/8 West $1,000/per month ($11,000)
Pat Bowler and Roger Clapp
Urban Street Angels
seeks to end youth homelessness with sustainable community
programs that provide hopeful opportunities for those living on
our streets. Their weekly outreach and overnight shelter programs
provide homeless youth with food, hygiene supplies, clothing and
footwear. Their 8 West transitional employment and supportive
housing program, also provides youth with food and hygiene
supplies. Throughout the year we will be providing food, water,
socks, hygiene kits, sometimes clothing and shoes and during the
cold months blankets and sleeping bags.
Diego Armed Services YMCA $2,400 Shopper: Suzanne Manual
San Diego branch of the Armed Services YMCA (ASY San Diego) was
founded in 1920 and has been fulfilling this mission ever since.
They believe that while an individual may enlist, the whole family
serves – and military families have been under growing amounts
of stress for the past few decades with the increased frequency
and duration of deployments, limited pay increases, and greater
uncertainty about their futures. FOCUS will provide families with
essential baby items that they are unable to afford
Christian Service Agency (CCSA) $2,500 Pat McDonough
has been providing services for the past 44 years, serving
emergency food for families in need.
Parents come to CCSA for food and clothing for their
children. They also
have a new mother layette program where new moms can receive a bag
filled with clothing, diapers, bottles and toys.
FOCUS will purchase of items for the layette program as
well as new socks and underwear for school age children.
APPROVED IN DECEMBER
Korner-Burrito Boys. $500
Shopper Nanci Copley
Christmas Day Nanci Copley provided 50 kids with holiday bags
which included a matching scarf, hat and gloves to keep warm,
along with some sweet treats. Nanci has been our year-long shopper
for the Burrito Boys(Kids Korner) helping to purchase and hand out
food to homeless kids.
Alive $500 Shopper:
Words Alive Adolescent Book Group program serves at-risk
adolescents, most of whom have been referred to specialized
community schools by the Juvenile Court system and have
experienced extraordinary circumstances such as violence,
pregnancy and homelessness.
Alive creates opportunities for these teens to realize academic
and social success. Clarice
purchased 15 copies of three books: The Crossover by
Alexander, Between the World and Me
by Coates and Letters to a Young Artist by Anna
Lorna Perez-Caster, Lisa Alves, Lesley Angelino, Sharon
Urban Street Angel’s ultimate goal is to build trust, inspire
hope and build a safe relationship to facilitate kid’s
transition off the streets before they become chronically
FOCUS will be purchasing a van for Urban Street Angels to
support the following needs: to pick-up homeless youth each week,
(approx. 23) and transport them to their Tuesday night shelter
from the Ocean Beach area; transport volunteers and food to and
from Ocean Beach for their Friday night "outing," where
they offer sandwiches, water and limited hygiene supplies and
clothing to the homeless community. The van will also be used to
transport young people in their housing program to community
building events, special appearances, such as the FOCUS events;
and transport young people in their housing program to work in
their 8West soap business that gives these kids a chance to break
away from homelessness and fulfill their untapped potential.
APPROVED IN NOVEMBER
FOUNDATION $3,790 Shopper: Nanci Copley
The Stephen J.
Wampler Foundation, CAMP WAMP is a non-profit organization
providing outdoor education programs for children ten to eighteen
years of age with physical disabilities or limitations. Steve
Wampler, founder and his wife Elizabeth are long-time Coronado
foundation has lost their campsite but has been able to secure a
new permanent campsite dedicated to support children with
disabilities. FOCUS will be providing professional kitchen items
for the campsite.
STORIES $1,300-Shopper: Marsha Frisbie
Stories is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that helps
kids fall in love with Reading by the 4th grade. In America, 82%
of low-income kids can't read proficiently by the 4th grade and
the Story Tent programs are changing that.
The kids they serve are between 2 and 12 years old. They
live in El Cajon, City Heights and Imperial Beach.
FOCUS will be supporting their annual toy drive.
ALTERNATIVES $1,300-Shopper Pat Bowler and Bonnie McGinty
Alternatives Inc. Foster Family Agency is a private non-profit
agency caring for abused and neglected children in San Diego
County. Families from
the community open up their hearts to foster children by providing
a loving and nurturing home in which the children can heal in a
safe and supportive way. FOCUS
will be supporting their holiday gift giving efforts.
FORWARD-MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS $2,000-Shopper: Sharon Shelton
Forward, a part of Mental Health Systems is seeking our support
for holiday gifts for kids who don't qualify for Toys For Tots.
SAN DIEGO STUDENT $250-Lesley Angelino
young man originally from SD North County, was found living in the
garage of a vacant home. A
local Coronado resident has taken him into their home and people
have assisted by providing him with some needed and basic items.
He has been enrolled in Coronado High School and is attending
Coronado School of the ARTS (COSA). FOCUS will be providing him
with tap shoes, jazz shoes and leotards.
FOR ALL PROJECTS -
APPROVED IN OCTOBER
Through Reading $1400
Through Reading is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting
US military families who face physical separation by facilitating
the bonding experience of reading aloud together. In more than 200
locations worldwide, United Through Reading offers military
service members the opportunity to be video recorded reading books
to their children back home. The program creates connections,
encourages literacy and makes homecomings easier. In 2015, with
the help of 13,620 volunteer hours, United Through Reading served
100,000 beneficiaries at 262 recording locations around the world,
distributing more than 10,000 children’s books to military
children. The San Diego chapter requested four video recording set
ups for Navy ships deploying from San Diego. Four of these set ups
will permit 200 recordings to travel across the oceans to 400
children here in San Diego who will sleep better after hearing
their parent’s voice.
House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes
where military and veteran’s families can stay at no cost while
a loved one is receiving treatment. The houses are donated by the
Fisher Family and Foundation. Each house has 8-21 suites and can
accommodate 16-42 family members. Each house is within walking
distance to the medical facility. The San Diego house is situated
at Naval Medical Centre San Diego. Most military families exist on
one income, so it’s very difficult when the service member is
hospitalized and their families are living far away. Fisher House
provides a home like environment for families to live close to
their service member while they heal. Three years ago FOCUS
rejuvenated the playroom at the San Diego House. We re-painted the
playroom, put up a large animal wall mural and laid rubber
flooring. We also donated wall décor and a WII console for the
children that stay in Fisher House. They requested a sofa and
rocking chair for that same playroom.
TOTAL FOR ALL PROJECTS -
APPROVED IN SEPTEMBER
ABC Youth Foundation– $1400
ABC Youth Foundation open up their Learning Center throughout the
school year for students to complete their homework and get
academic assistance. They provide volunteer tutors and text books,
they also provide laptops. However, their laptops are old and most
are broken. They are asking FOCUS for 5-10 refurbished HP laptops.
They require 11” to 13”, 2 GB with 16GB hard drives, wi-fi
compatibility and USB ports. The laptops requested are from
Walmart and cost $139.00 each.
Support The Enlisted Project - $1600
Support The Enlisted Project builds
self sufficiency with young military, veterans and their
families through financial counseling, emergency grants and other
support programs. They are asking for our help to support a
military family in dire hardship.
The family has a 4 year old, 2 year old and 7 month old
twins. The father is an E3. They qualify for WIC but they need a
specific formula for the twins. The family is spending $320 per
month on formula. They have asked
FOCUS to purchase the baby food each month until the twins
turn 1 year old next February.
Coronado Safe Foundation - $1500
Coronado Safe Foundation was established as a substance abuse
prevention agency. Today they work to build internal skills (
resiliency, life skills, and character). They provide children
with real life experiences and education to help them make
positive choices. They are transitioning an office space into a
counseling room to accommodate children and their families. They
are in need of a couch and numerous counseling items to support
the work that they do. The list includes games, books and toys
such as stress balls, all items are related to the therapy work
that they do.
Friends of Vista Hill - $2000
Friends of Vista Hill serve children and teens who come from troubled
families, have low income and have emotional and other
difficulties. They have a huge need for backpacks and school
supplies for the children in their programs who do not have the
They have asked us to supply 100 backpacks
filled with school supplies.
TOTAL FOR ALL PROJECTS -
APPROVED IN AUGUST
Family Network believe that all children in foster care ages five
and younger should be cared for in a loving, stable and nurturing
Family Network has submitted a request for Life books for the
children (ages newborn to five years of age) who are currently in
foster care through Angels. The
Life books will tell the child’s life story and
answer the questions. “Who am I? What happened to me?
Where am I going?” Once the child is either reunited with their
biological parent or adopted, the book will go along with them to
their forever home. In
addition to the Life books, upon a child’s adoption they would
like to present the parents with a photo frame as a way to
remember their very special day.
BOUTIQUE-FAMILY HEALTH CENTER OF SAN DIEGO-$3,000
Founded in 1970,
Family Health Centers of San Diego is dedicated to providing
caring, affordable, high-quality health care and support services
to all people, with a special commitment to the uninsured,
low-income and medically underserved. They are the largest
community clinic provider of health care to the uninsured in
Southern California and one of the top 10 largest community clinic
organizations in the country.
FOCUS will be
supporting both the Baby Boutique @ Prenatal & PostPartum
Education Center located on Logan Ave and El Cajon Blvd (City
Heights) in San Diego. They need strollers, cars seats, baby
carriers, bouncers, baby swings, playpens, as well as other items
for bathing and caring for babies.
RESCUE COMMITTEE - $1,000
More people have
been forced to flee their homes by crisis than at any other time
since World War II. The International
Rescue Committee is providing relief to refugee children in
San Diego County. They have been inundated with refugee families
and desperately need more school backpacks. FOCUS provided 50
backpacks and they were distributed instantly. We will give them
50 more, filled with school supplies.
TOTAL FOR ALL PROJECTS -$5600
APPROVED IN JULY
VOICES FOR CHILDREN.
Voices For Children transforms the lives of
abused children by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed
Special Advocates. They also increase the awareness about the
foster system. In addition to a FOCUS on-going grant we will
provide uniforms and shoes for their foster children. This is an
exciting year as one of their students has been accepted into
Bishops High School.
Transitional Youth Academy.
Transitional Youth Academy provides long term
case management, academic mentoring and leadership development to
at-risk youth in Oceanside. This program helps youth finish high
school, gain employment, be supported by a mentor and receive
training in life skills. To
assist TYA with their efforts FOCUS will be providing leadership
books and videos, College prep materials and survey tools to
assess, measure and provide students with feedback on their
Monarch exists to provide youth impacted by
homelessness with access to education, but also with necessities
such as food, clothing and emotional support. To do this they have
an on-campus boutique called the “ Butterfly Boutique” that
FOCUS has continually supported. They hold shopping days every
Wednesday and Thursday for their students. We will provide the
Boutique with hooded sweatshirts for their high school students as
they walk to and from school.
TOTAL FOR ALL PROJECTS -
APPROVED IN JUNE
YMCA CAMP SURF. $1400
Shopper Edie Greenberg,
YMCA Camp Surf in
Imperial Beach sends 280 underprivileged teens on a camping trip
to San Onofre State Park each summer. They learn how to put up
tents, clean, cook and plan for a camping experience. They need
headlamps, waterproof games, changing tents, lanterns, helmets,
camping chairs and coolers. YMCA camps are dedicated to improving
the quality of human life and helping children realize their
potential. FOCUS has utilized YMCA Camp Surf location to host our
annual fundraiser in 2015 and 2016.
COURT BOOK CLUB, INC. $2700. Shopper: Bonnie Van Vugt
JCBC has provided book
club meetings for thousands of incarcerated youth throughout San
Diego County. Volunteers serve approximately 150 teens in custody
each month with book club sessions. They are asking for 30 copies
of 11 books and 1 DVD. This will provide books for several months
at Juvenile Hall.
PROGRAM $5500. Multiple Volunteers Needed
Each year FOCUS provides
backpacks containing school supplies to our projects and local
school communities in need. Last year we supplied 10 agencies with
327 backpacks stuffed with school supplies. This is a FOCUS
community event where we ask for many volunteers to help. This
year we are recommending that we provide 350 school supply
backpacks to agencies in need.
Your projects team is
also researching buying the backpacks pre-stuffed; this would
ensure their correct filling. The cost would be equivalent with
TOTAL FOR ALL PROJECTS -
APPROVED IN MAY
YOUR BACK $1,500 Shopper: Fran Becker
Back San Diego is a weekend nutrition program for students in the
San Diego County Unified School District who have been identified
as homeless. For most of them, the school cafeteria is their
primary source of nutrition all week. Unfortunately, many of them
go the entire weekend with little or no food of any nutritional
value. Got Your Back San Diego helps bridge the hunger gap for
these kids over the weekend.
backpack is filled with six meals, two breakfasts, two lunches,
two dinners, a few snack items and fruit cups, enough food for two
days. FOCUS will be purchasing food for the backpacks.
TURN SAN DIEGO $1,550 Shopper: Cheryl Navalesi and Kathy Wallace-Hafner
Turn San Diego: With a mission of "promoting, supporting and
securing the well-being of children who are experiencing family
separation", programs empower children to talk with their
parents about their thoughts and feelings, build resiliency and
create brighter futures for children experiencing family
separations, divorce and military transitions. FOCUS will be
providing items to be utilized in the children's program of the
Family Workshops for separated and divorced families, their
military program and counseling program.
TEAM, INCORPORATED (VTI) $1,500 Shopper: Clarice Perkins
Mission of Varsity Team Inc is to provide a clean, safe,
professional, and home-like environment, teaching at risk youth
how to be positive members of their community, empowering their
independent living skills, encouraging and providing opportunities
for growth and friendships, so they may grow into confident,
responsible, and self-sufficient adults. FOCUS will be providing a
couch, love seat and ottoman for the home located in Mira Mesa.
AUTISM SOCIETY SAN DIEGO-CAMP I CAN $2,500 Shopper: Stephanie
CAN is a summer day camp for children and teens with autism in San
Diego County. The camp provides the unique and special opportunity
for 125 children to attend camp like their typical peers in a
supported and safe program designed specifically for them. Camp I
CAN is able to meet the needs of all children with autism, no
matter how impacted they are. Many of the camp participants would
not be able to attend regular summer camp due to their behavioral
and communication challenges. FOCUS will be providing books,
tents, therapy balls and others items to support children
attending Camp I CAN.
Center for Academic and Social Advancement (CASA)-La Clase Magica
Mary Anne Haskell
Center for Academic and Social Advancement (CASA) is a nonprofit
organization that with the help of undergraduate students from
UCSD and Palomar College, run the programs. La Clase Mágica is an
after school program located in a lower income Hispanic
neighborhood and has recently celebrated its 25th year of service.
FOCUS will be supporting La Clase Magica with items used to tutor
children, help them with homework, and good health and nutrition.
tutor children at La Clase Magica after school program.
FOCUS member Mary Ann Haskell will be shopping for
educational materials to support La Clase
APPROVED IN APRIL
SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION (ASRA)
ASRA provides year round
competitive and recreational sports programs for youth, veterans
and adults with physical disabilities throughout San Diego County.
We have been approached to support the 30th anniversary of
their summer Junior Adaptive Sports
Camp. The camp
gives disabled youth in San Diego the opportunity to try 15
different sports over 5 days in San Diego.
This year they are also partnering with Rady Children’s
Hospital and Challenged Athletes Foundation.
FOCUS has been asked to provide
the funding for all camp t-shirts (approx. 375) as well as all the
nursing supplies for the week of the camp.
SCHOOL REQUEST- $3,160
Shopper: Lisa Alves
For 48 years Aseltine has
created a strong, supportive community for severely “at risk”
youth with nowhere else to turn.
Aseltine teaches these young people, who have relied on
violent, unhealthy behaviors when faced with adversity, to adopt a
new strategy; to confront, accept and creatively overcome their
struggles with confidence and purpose so they can benefit from all
that school and society has to
offer-and then use their healthy new skills to benefit the
One of the unique programs
they have is teaching students Culinary Arts.
This program provides students the opportunity to master
concepts outside of the traditional classroom setting.
The six-week Summer Culinary program offers students the
opportunity to experience the “world of vocational training”
by connecting academic, behavioral and social skills development
to real life experience by actually running a cafe’ and
producing a profit.
Aseltine is in need of the
A large capacity portable ice maker- for the
Two portable air conditioners with
warranties for their classrooms.
Two portable air conditioners and heaters
with warranties for classrooms downstairs (currently using
LCD projector-which allows the teacher to project curriculum on a
screen for all students to view at once
cooler type system with constant dripping water).
and connect with computers
PREP ACADEMY (NPA) $10,000
Lesley Angelino and Lisa Alves
Nativity Prep Academy is an
accredited, independent, tuition free middle school for children
living below the poverty line. The mission of NPA is to provide an
exceptional education and comprehensive college-access program for
hardworking, low-income students over the course of 11 years, from
middle school through college.
After middle school students move on to high school they
can continue in the Graduate Support Program at Nativity Prep so
that they will be successful in high school and be better prepared
for college. While in college they can remain in the Graduate
NPA students represent the
first generation in their families to earn a college education.
They currently serve over 220 low-income youth: 65 middle
school students, 80 in high school and 80 in college.
99% of students earn a high school diploma and better than
90% of the students matriculate to a two or four- year college or
university. The middle
school children perform over 1200 hours of community service each
year, have an attendance rate of 98%, attend an extended 10 hour
day and an 11 month extended year program.
The vast majority of the school is funded through private
donations and 2 fundraising events.
Their parents are expected to contribute $25 per month to the
school. If they are unable,
(which happens frequently) the
parents must work at the school fulfilling the custodial jobs.
Each child has a job within the school The desks and chairs at the
school are all donated. Each child has a mentor - private
citizens who give their time and energy to meet with their child
each week. The schools runs on donations only. Their mission is to
break the cycle of poverty through education.
We visited the campus and gained an in-depth understanding
of the curriculum, met with teachers, developers and students.
The students are extremely respectful. We personally shook
hands and learned the names of over 40 students.
They are impressive students, eager
to learn and make a difference.
They have requested : 40 Chromebooks at
approximately $250 each.
This will allow each student
to have a Chromebook (like a mini iPad), to download the necessary
textbooks for class, do research, homework etc.
This also allows the school to save money by not buying
costly textbooks. These Chromebooks will only be used at school by
the students, and will remain the property of the school so that
they can be used year after year by future students.
APPROVED IN MARCH
Street Angels/8 WEST -
Street Angels is a volunteer driven, non profit organization
formed in 2008. Volunteers travel out to Ocean Beach 4-6 times per
month and walk the streets delivering between 75-100 hot meals,
bottles of water, clothes, socks, shoes, first aid equipment and
referrals for medical, psychiatric , housing and job help. They
also try to establish a trust with these kids. In 2015 they
distributed 4,000 meals, 2,500 bottles of water, 1,000 hygiene
kits, 800 sleeping bags and backpacks. Every Tuesday they bring
around 30 kids back to their shelter in San Diego where they
shower, get a change of clothes, socks and shoes. They also have
medical checks by qualified volunteers. After eating dinner, they
clear away the tables and put down sleeping bags on the floor and
spend the night, waking to a hot breakfast, then back to the
year they launched a second initiative
8 WEST. This is
an 18 month transitional
program designed to give homeless youth a hand up with employment
and supportive housing. The kids live and work together, hand
crafting and marketing a unique line of organic and fair trade 8WEST
soap. They learn entrepreneurial skills as they make, market,
sell and merchandise their soap. They learn responsibility,
accountability and work ethics. All skills that help in future job
ultimate goal is to be fully sustainable through the sales of the
for :- Food, water, sleeping bags, clothes, socks, shoes, hygiene
kits, first aid kits, back packs, soap making materials and 35
FOCUS Projects Team with Dustin
an 8 West Participant
APPROVED IN FEBRUARY
THE BURRITO BOYZ - KIDS KORNER $1800 on going grant
Shopper Nanci Copley
The Burrito Boyz mission is to help nourish the spirit of the Street Homeless
of San Diego County by providing Hot Food & Comfort. Every Sunday volunteers meet at Long Island Mikes Pizza
Kitchen on Murphy Canyon rd to make over 600 breakfast burritos
for our SD Homeless community. This year we would like to support
KIDS Korner with an on-going grant of $1,800 to supply healthy
snacks and school supplies. KIDS Korner with the
support of FOCUS can make 30- 40 bags/ week especially for our
homeless kids that include the following items: Capri Suns,
Bananas, Tangerines, Granola
bars, Fruit snacks or fruit roll ups, Goldfish or pirate bootie. Each
bag is approximately $1.30 and on a monthly basis they spend
approximately $130.00-$150.00 per month on supplies for kid bags.
LEGAL GROUP of SAN DIEGO
$1,000 on- going grant
The Dependency Legal Group of San
Diego (DLG) is a non-profit public benefit corporation. The firm
was created for the sole purpose of providing competent, high
quality legal representation to indigent families involved in
juvenile dependency proceedings within San Diego County. Last
year $1,000 was provided to meet the needs of the foster children
they represent, where other funding sources are unavailable. This
year some items that may be requested will include backpacks
with school supplies. We have also been requested to
provide travel bags. It is not uncommon for foster youth to
be forced to change placements -bringing along only a trash bag
full of their only possessions. Having a suitcase, that belongs to
them and can allow them to have some dignity, while being forced
to move, is integral to supporting foster youth in healthy
development. There is also a need for various electronics and
textbooks to prevent these kids from falling behind in school.
ARMED SERVICES YMCA-SAN DIEGO $2,500
Shopper Suzanne Manuel
Armed Services YMCA provides free or low-cost youth development,
healthy living, and social responsibility programs for junior
enlisted military & their families to make military life
easier. Focus has supported the Social Work Department in the past
with diapers, cribs, educational materials, toys, and urgent need
supplies. The Social Work Department would like their grant to
cover diapers, cribs, and educational materials toys and to cover
on going urgent needs to match last year’s $2,500.
SAN DIEGO RESCUE MISSION $6,000
McDonough, Darlene Shirey, Janet Manosalbas, Therese Pallares
San Diego Rescue Mission believes in the inherent worth of every
homeless man, woman, and child. The Rescue Mission is redesigning
the Nueva Vida Haven room where they house each night at least 70
moms and their children. They provide a place to sleep, hot meals
and showers as well as clothing and hygiene products. They now
have beds instead of mattresses on the floor and they are building
an area where the children can do their homework, read, play and
do crafts. The area
is lacking the basics to make their vision a reality.
We would support the Rescue Mission by completing the
child’s education area. To
do so would require the following items: 2-3 laptops, 2 tablets,
4x4 bookshelf, leap frog books and equipment, soft color hangings
or decorations, colorful canvas prints, 3 vinyl bean bags,
playschool toys for different ages and a portable
HILL PARENT CARE
on going grant $3,300
Shopper: Genie Brown
Care is an intensive treatment program for mothers with substance
abuse and related problems. While mothers are participating in
their treatment, their pre-school children are onsite in daycare
centers. Many of the children suffer from developmental issues
related to the drug abuse. Funding is needed for diapers,
educational toys and equipment, arts, toys, baby formula, crafts
and science project supplies, indoor and outdoor play equipment,
educational décor etc. This
year they are asking for an ongoing grant of $3,300.
That’s $2400 for their La Mesa location and $900 for
their new central San Diego location as the new location has fewer
children. They are in critical need of strollers, car seats and
pre school teaching materials at the central site. The east site
needs car seats, outdoor play items and therapeutic toys and
FOR ALL PROJECTS: $14,600