February 2013 Grants

CSU San Marcos Alliance Program
The Fund made a three year commitment to support the CSU San Marcos Alliance Program through hiring a director and a support staff. The positions will coordinate an effort to increase enrollment and graduation rates of students coming from low income communities within the geographic area served by CSU San Marcos. The goal is to more than double the number of first time freshman admissions for students enrolled in a guaranteed admissions program.

Scripps Clinic Dermatology Patient Waiting Room
The Scripps Clinic Division of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery will utilize a Fund grant to refurbish and upgrade the outdoor patient waiting area. Upgrades will include flooring, wall treatments, awnings, the stairwell, new furnishings, and landscaping.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Cardiovascular Center
The Fund has committed a five year grant to support the construction of a new 63,000 square foot cardiovascular facility and the refurbishment of an existing 17,000 square foot facility. Sharp Grossmont Hospital provides cardiac care to an area covering over 750 square miles serving nearly 500,000 people. It serves a high population of refugees and nearly half its patients are uninsured or under insured. The new center will allow the hospital to improve its service delivery to an expanding population.

Street Law’s Youth In Transition Program
A grant will cover one year of expenses for the Street Law’s Youth In Transition Program in San Diego. Each year about 23,000 foster youth age out of the system. This program trains and coordinates volunteers from different disciplines to empower aging out foster youth to successfully navigate the civic system. This year a projected 108 youth will be trained on accessing social services, education, housing, health care, and employment.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego Refrigerated Truck
A matching grant will help Jewish Family Service of San Diego purchase a refrigerated food truck to allow its “Hand Up” food delivery service program provide an additional 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of fresh produce every month to food insecure San Diegans.

The Hand Up program distributes food and hygiene items to the chronically homeless and hungry and those with temporary financial constraints for a variety of reasons. It has eight distribution sites throughout San Diego County and serves without regard to race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Phoenix House Capital Improvements
A matching grant will allow Phoenix House make significant capital improvements to their Descanso residential treatment facility. Phoenix House provides comprehensive residential treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse to some of the most troubled youth in San Diego County. Last year they served 91 teens at their residential Descanso facility and an additional 650 at offsite locations.

Wilson Middle School Tutoring Services
A grant will support tutoring services for seventh and eighth grade students at Wilson Middle School who are stuck in their English language development skills. Certificated teachers will work with selected students before, during and after school to help fill in gaps of learning in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The goal is to help the students prepare for a successful high school experience.

College Avenue Compact
A Fund grant will continue to sustain a support position at Hoover High School to facilitate the College Avenue Compact, an agreement between San Diego State University and Hoover High that guarantees admission to SDSU for students achieving specific academic standards.

Journalism Pilot Project
The Fund is supporting a journalism pilot project in cooperation with the University of San Diego. Five Hoover High School juniors will be mentored by USD journalism students on the campus of USD to increase their reporting and storytelling skills and motivate them for college. Each student will write two articles to be published in an upcoming City Heights Life/La Vida publication.