Terry Jordan’s path to Extraordinary Ballroom began in 2005. After careers in military and civilian government service, he decided to move from San Diego to Oakland and enroll in the Ballroom Dance Teachers College. However, in 2006, advanced cancer sidelined him from the dance floor and Terry came back to San Diego to undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
Just in Time for Foster Youth engages a caring community to help transition age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well being. Every year, they serve approximately 650-700 youth (ages 18-26) who have left the foster care system by connecting them to a community of caring adults who help them become Confident, Capable and Connected. That community also includes a Youth Services team composed completely of staff who were once in foster care.
Building an innovative, thriving future for San Diego has not been an easy journey. After 11 years of planning, overcoming regulatory challenges, and collaborating with the best and brightest, the Manchester Pacific Gateway will become a reality. On April 4th, demolition began to remove the Navy Broadway Complex to make way for this new project. As described in the name, the new addition to the waterfront will transform San Diego’s Harbor into the entryway to a renewed downtown aesthetic.
In addition to being the only all-girls school in San Diego County, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) also serves a large binational population. With its proximity to the US/Mexico border, about 13 percent of the school’s population crosses the border every day to attend classes. This bi-national relationship has been a constant in the long legacy and tradition of OLP.
This summer, Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School is offering a variety of summer camps and programs for children in elementary through high school. Program sessions run from mid-June until mid-August, and are open to the community. Offerings include enriched day camps, academic classes and sports camps.
For over 50 years, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) has helped people with developmental disabilities, their families and communities, discover, explore and nurture potential - giving thousands a chance to live life to the fullest. The Center truly provides a “Life Program” that allows students to learn, grow and enjoy friendships and social activities throughout their lives. Students come to SMSC’s five-acre campus in the foothills of El Cajon daily to learn or upgrade marketable skills, develop creative outlets, earn a paycheck, make new friends and gain self-esteem and a sense of independence.
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Executive Director Rachel Harris has dedicated the past 27 years to serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. Harris first joined TMI in 2004 and went on to become the ED in 2013. Under her leadership, TMI has quickly become one of the most innovative, cutting-edge, and progressive organizations providing assistance to people with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. Harris is a passionate leader who helps to ensure that TMI staff provide their clients with meaningful employment, community living supports and loving foster families or in-home supports to children.
Volunteers of America Southwest would like to recognize some of the great corporations who partner with them on their mission to inspire hope through their ministry of service by providing individuals and families with tools to improve their quality of life. In short, at Volunteers of America Southwest, they transform lives from vulnerable to vibrant.
Children are ever-observant and eager to learn. They understand that money is important for buying food, clothes and other essential items. But, when and how do they begin to understand that you have to earn the money, and you need to budget and save for other wants and needs?