Health & Human Services - Social Service Support Programs
In its second cycle of grantmaking, The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation accepted proposals in the area of improving Health and Human Services related to Social Service Support Programs. Chula Vista residents are facing significant challenges due to the current economic environment. At the same time, publicly funded programs have experienced extreme budget reductions or elimination. A grant was awarded to the following program serving Chula Vista's families in times of need.
Family Engagement Project - Chula Vista Community Collaborative
$24,828 went to the Chula Vista Community Collaborative to support the Family Engagement Project. The Family Engagement Project will eliminate barriers to accessing support services, increase family engagement in support services and develop a centralized, accountable, and responsive referral processing system. The grant will also assist in the hiring of a Promotora to encourage family engagement, increase understanding of mental health and community resources, and engage school staff in the new referral process.
Health & Human Services - Access to Care
In its first year of grantmaking, the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation awarded $22,500 to two Chula Vista programs that addressed the need to improve Health and Human Services "Access to Care." Certain barriers exist that make access to personal health care extremely difficult, including an individual’s economic situation, lack of transportation, inadequate health coverage, language challenges, family issues and lack of awareness of existing options. Eligible projects addressed the removal of existing hurdles between an individual and his/her ability to obtain an adequate level of care in a timely manner.
Hope and Health for Individuals with Disabilities - The Arc of San Diego’s Starlight Center
$12,500 will support the "Hope and Health for Individuals with Disabilities" program at The Arc of San Diego's Starlight Center in Chula Vista. The Starlight Center is a day training center that provides instruction and community integration to people with disabilities. The "Hope and Health" program will provide integrated wellness training to 180 individuals with disabilities over a one-year period. People with disabilities face many barriers to accessing preventative health measures and the "Hope and Health" program's on-site wellness training will help participants become less vulnerable to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other life-threatening conditions. Progress will measured by weight loss and increased fitness and stamina. The program participants will also learn how to integrate healthy behaviors into their daily lives with the co-participation of mentors, family members, caregivers, and Arc staff, a crucial component to health access for individuals whose health behaviors are often greatly influenced by others.
Youth Fitness Program - The South Bay YMCA
$10,000 will go towards the purchase of youth fitness items (exercise tubing, medicine balls, agility ladders, and more), the assistance of staff costs for the YMCA's Youth Fitness Program, and the expansion of the program from two to 20 locations over a one year period. The South Bay YMCA's Youth Fitness Program aids in the prevention of childhood obesity by increasing awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutritional education in a fun environment. The Y’s program exposes children to various forms of exercise activity, teaches basic nutritional guidelines and healthy eating habits, increases healthy living in the home by involving the entire family through newsletters and take-home activities, and performs exercises aimed at improving school district fitness testing scores.