Just In Time

Our Promise to Transition Age Foster Youth.

Connections and Community. That’s at the heart of Just in Time’s mission to create lasting change in the lives of the young people we serve.

New Childrens Museum

Always Something New.

At The New Children’s Museum, there is always something “new” to experience, and 2018 will be no exception. The arts-based children’s museum is celebrating its rich 35-year history in San Diego and its 10th year as The New Children’s Museum downtown.


Zandra Rhodes and San Diego Opera.

Fashion icon and pioneer Dame Zandra Rhodes thrust the fashion world forward with her punk ethos and redefinition of the rules. She is a world treasure and she sits on the San Diego Opera Board of Directors where she has helped steer the Company through its own dramatic redefinition. A vanguard of the wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene, Zandra designed for Princes Diana, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Ross, Freddie Mercury and Elizabeth Taylor. Always expanding her horizons, she began to design for opera – notably costumes for The Magic Flute, and sets and costumes for The Pearl Fishers – for San Diego Opera. And the world took notice. She later designed Aida which, like her other opera productions, have been seen around the world, dazzling audiences with her signature style. The Chatham, Kent, native is founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. Zandra, who is also a gourmet cook, splits her time between London and Del Mar.

St Mads

Empowerment for Life.

It was 24 years ago that Susan Deranian first graced St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s (SMSC) campus as a student. Susan was 43 years young then, and like her peers, she has thrived and evolved in a rich, nurturing environment they proudly call life at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. Susan’s cousin Paul called it “giving Susan purpose.”


Life-Saving Care.

Alex Salazar was extremely ill and weak and was being released from a San Diego hospital because his insurance didn’t cover the services he needed. That’s when he heard about an amazing health system from one of his good friends, his “guardian angel,” and turned to San Ysidro Health to get the treatment he needed.

Alex’s story is one of many. He is one of those patients who needed life-saving care and found a place to get it. Salazar shared with Giving Back Magazine, “San Ysidro Health is very personal to me because, frankly, they pretty much saved my life when I was in desperate need of services and medication.”

His is just one of hundreds of patient stories showing the impact San Ysidro Health has on our community. Every day across our region San Ysidro Health provides excellent, affordable health services for the entire family. As a matter of fact, tens of thousands of patients have come through the doors of the clinics and programs of San Ysidro Health for the nearly 50 years the organization has been in existence. These patients have been welcomed regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

San Ysidro Health is a critical part of our community’s health safety net. For many years government grants and programs have helped to fund some of the services, but things are changing. Governmental priorities are shifting, and with those shifts funding can become more difficult to obtain.

With the season of giving upon us, San Ysidro Health is asking that you consider a gift to support their mission and to help provide our communities with excellent health services. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to support the organization’s efforts you can go to their website: www.syhealth.org or contact Maggie Hannegan, Director of Philanthropy at (619) 941-2372.

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Transforming Lives from Vulnerable to Vibrant.

Now in its second century of service, Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive human service organizations, touching the lives of almost two million people each year in hundreds of communities across the nation. Each year, Volunteers of America Southwest serves over 8,000 individuals, children and families in the areas of education, behavioral health and housing. Their programs offer assistance in San Diego County, Imperial County, and Southern California’s Inland Empire, helping homeless veterans with disabilities achieve self-reliance, helping men and women to return to their families clean and sober, caring for elders and those struggling with mental health challenges, and supporting the futures of our community’s children through education and overall family well-being.

Health Tips

By Angelica Gavaldon.

I am always fascinated by the great variety in which people choose to eat healthy. What works for one may not work for the other. There are so many debates and arguments about how, when and how much to eat that a consensus is impossible. I wanted to dedicate this article to someone I have seen transform her approach to nutrition successfully through choosing to become vegan.

Lately, I have noticed many people are going vegan. I saw my beautiful 14-year-old niece, Sinaia Haskal, recently signed by a modeling agency and a great tennis player, go from eating a plate full of brownies in one sitting to only consuming fruits and veggies. While Sinaia never had a weight problem, her disciplined personality drove her to want to lead a healthier lifestyle. She was inspired to make this big change when she saw a documentary which made her want to give up all processed foods. So, this is what she eats and how she has changed her nutrition.

Breakfast: Only fruit. Sometimes this may even be a half pineapple in one sitting. As incredible as that sounds, I have witnessed this myself.

Snack: Nuts, cashews, almonds, or whatever it is she is craving.

Lunch: Some type of vegetable and more fruit. Sometimes she may have a protein bar, which is as processed as her food will get.

After School Meal: This is always a plate full of colorful vegetables as well as lentils. She may also have sweet potatoes for carbs and tahini for extra calories.

Snack: More fruit.

Dinner: Again, more vegetables and sometimes peanut butter with cacao and fruit.

To keep her regimen regardless of special events, she will eat before or after the occasion. Since turning vegan, Sinaia has also had clearer skin and more energy.

Despite the many benefits seen with the diet, there was concern whether Sinaia was getting enough protein. After much research, her usual animal-based protein was replaced by plant-based foods that contain just as much protein as a steak. You would be surprised how much protein you can add throughout the day just by eating certain vegetables and nuts. Below is a list of vegan protein sources:
• Tofu
• Beans
• Lentils
• Quinoa
• Amaranth
• Soy milk
• Almond milk
• Green peas
• Chia seeds
• Pumpkin seeds
• Artichokes
• Peanut butter
• Broccoli

I am not recommending anyone change their diets as I am not a nutritionist nor a doctor; if you are considering this please consult your physician. Instead I am encouraging you to be committed to living a healthier lifestyle. If reading this inspired you to change your diet, then it is the first step to a healthier you!

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Holidays Finest

Holiday Season.

This holiday season, make memories at events you can enjoy with your family. We share with you five holiday events that will create joy in your lives.

Salud Ruth Melero

Holiday Season.

As the owner of M Winehouse in Little Italy, Ruth Melero has an immensely busy schedule, however, she has made having it all possible. “I always find inspiration in women who become successful doing what they’re passionate about and find a way to balance life”, Ruth shares with Giving Back Magazine, and that is exactly what she has done. She continuously exercises good time management by taking life at her own pace.


Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines has continuously dedicated their resources to improving the San Diego community through varied efforts, known as Southwest Citizenship, including charitable giving, environmental initiatives, as well as community outreach and volunteering. Our philanthropic activities also provide us with the opportunity to get to know individuals and local organizations on a level that allows us to forge meaningful partnerships. With the end of the year being a time to reflect, Southwest Airlines would like to recognize a few outstanding partners that share our values.

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