Making An Impact: NMCSD Fisher House Meal Service

 

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The Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Fisher House provides military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury. The families that come are facing a crisis of some sort and are usually very overwhelmed and/or in shock. The Fisher House tries to anticipate ever need the families may have while staying at the House so that they can focus all of their attention on their hospitalized family member.

We had an awesome time Nov 15th providing meals for the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Fisher Houses and baking some delicious cookies!! The families we met were so grateful and the staff was pretty impressed. We even got to see some of the guest suites and learn about the wonderful services the Fisher House provides for military families. Thank you to the amazing ladies who volunteered for this shift – you all are amazing!

 

TAY Family Drive: Donate Today!

The JLSD Impact Committee will be running a Family Drive in September to support five families of Transition Age Foster Youth who utilize San Diego Youth Services and TAY Academy resources. These families are transition age foster youth who have children and have very few resources available to them.

TAY Academy works with families to provide safe housing options and support services; however, TAY housing options and several homeless shelters separate the families by gender and often times these families have to resort to homelessness in order to remain a family unit.  JLSD plans to help each family by providing them donated items from the lists below.

As an incentive to donate items, members dropping off items at the September General Meeting will receive one raffle ticket. At the end of the meeting, the winning raffle ticket holder will be given a $25 gift card.

JLSD Members/Sustainers can drop off items at the JLSD house during office hours with Sheila or simply put items in the Community Council Room in the JLSD house basement. The items will be stored in the community room in the basement in September and then packaged up at the October General meeting. An impact shift will be scheduled in November to drop off the drive items to SD Youth Services. Please email the Impact Committee for more information or any questions.

Families 
Andy (23) & Lola (19) Al (23) & Mason (22) Danny (21) & Katie (20) Tina (19) Alexandra (21)
Amy (2.5) & Alex (3 mon.) Nancy (1 yr) Elise
(6 mon.)
Jenny
(4 mon.)
Andrew
(born 8/11/2014)
Items of Need
3T Pull ups Wipes Size 4/5 diapers 6 mon. female clothes infant stroller (that will fit car seat)
Size 6 Diapers Size 5 diapers wipes Size 12 pants diapers (0-6 mon.)
Size 4 Diapers toilet paper baby soap Size 9.5-10 tennis shoes wipes
Wipes 12-18 mon. female clothes 6-9 mon. female clothes Medium Shirts (Female) laundry detergent
9 month male clothes Baby toys 9-12 mon. socks Size 2 diapers bottles
3T female clothes Food and baby food large female tank tops wipes (sensitive) baby soap/shampoo
Baby bottles Hygiene supplies (male & female) 8.5 size sandals (female) Baby toys hygiene supplies (female)
Hygiene supplies (male& female) 36C nursing bras Baby dishes, bowls, spoons, etc breast pump
8.5 male tennis shoes blender diaper bag (large)
large muscle Ts (male) Size 8 underwear baby bath towels
32 waist boxer briefs (male) hygiene, bodywash, deodorant, toothbrush
Hair shaver/razor bouncer
Hair straightener
Size 7 skinny jeans (female)
Additional Items not listed above:
Duffle bag/luggage
Gift cards to grocery store/Target/Walmart/etc.

**Diapers are high priority on the list as they are not covered by Food Stamps or Government assistance.

JLSD Shares Thanksgiving Turkeys with 450 Students

A huge thanks to the JLSD members who donated a record 46 turkeys to the Monarch School for its Thanksgiving Dinner. The Monarch School is a local nonprofit dedicated to educating and ensuring personal success for students impacted by homelessness. Each year they host a special Thanksgiving dinner for homeless young people to participate in the special holiday. For 9 years the JLSD has been helping to support this event and this year the donated JLSD turkeys served approximately 450 young people!

Shout outs to the following people who donated 2 turkeys each: Tracy Achten, Carlisa Endoso, Lauren Forster, Jaqueline Kallberg, Paige Kratz, Andrea Myers, Katie Oliver, Amber Patillo, Jodie Spanos.

Thank you also to the community partners who made the event such a huge success, including Brian Hamilton from Project Connect and Kearny Mesa Fiat who caravaned all the turkeys to the Monarch Dinner. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Turkey Galore!
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Sharing Thanksgiving Cheer

 

JLSD members create Manzanita Gathering Place

JLSD members making an IMPACT!

On Sunday Nov 10th, a number of JLSD members, and a few significant others, joined with A Reason to Survive, Pomegranate Center, San Diego Canyonlands and many others to create the Manzanita Gathering Place. What started out as an empty lot fenced off by barbed wire and serving as a popular spot for transients was transformed into a community gathering place in just 4 days!

JLSD members participated in day four of the build, and were able to see things come together. From raking and planting to hauling gravel, mixing mortar and creating mosaic murals, volunteers were extremely productive during their IMPACT shift. Way to work it ladies!

Manzanita Gathering Place

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JLSD active Cathy Palazzo and provisionals Jen Hardell and Christi Webber planting drought tolerant plants on the hillside
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Group photo with all JLSD volunteers!
Manzanita Gathering Place
JLSD provisional Kelly Johnson recruited some extra “man-power” to help get the job done!

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You can see more pictures from the build on Manzanita Gathering Place Facebook page.

As we head into the holiday season, the JLSD Community Council will be offering numerous ways for members to volunteer in support of former foster youth and other vulnerable populations. Please continue to check the shift sign up page for new volunteer opportunities that are posted weekly.