“My four kids all slept on one full-sized bed and I slept next to them, until we got the phone call that an apartment was available. That was a really, really happy day for us,” shared Marisol Avina-Perkins, who now lives at MAAC’s Laurel Tree Apartments in Carlsbad with her family. “It is so comforting to have a place of our own to call home!”
Each year more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely, many with serious health issues. As overwhelmed families struggle with the terrifying uncertainties and prolonged stays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), they often find themselves faced with unexpected difficulties. Since 2009, Miracle Babies has provided financial and emotional support to families with critically ill babies in the NICU. By removing some of the financial barriers to visitation such as transportation and child care, families are united in the NICU and the babies receive the nutrition and physical contact they so desperately need. The emotional support provided by Miracle Babies includes care bags for all families and “Miracle Hours” for parents to escape the isolation of the NICU, participate in a craft project, and enjoy a catered meal. This year, Miracle Babies will provide nearly 700 families with direct financial assistance, host dozens of “Miracle Hours”, and deliver approximately 2,000 care bags to NICUs in 14 local hospitals.
People have always been fascinated by what happens during Night at the Museum.
San Diego residents are familiar with The New Children’s Museum downtown as an engaging and educational place to immerse children in art and the creative process. What people may not know is what happens after the Museum closes. The Museum has become an increasingly popular and creative venue for corporate events, weddings, proms and school dances, bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras and evening cocktail parties.
Forty former foster youth and chaperones returned from a four-day, three-night college and career trip to San Francisco, thanks to Southwest Airlines. The youth are a part of the Promises2Kids’ Junior Guardian Scholars program.
One group of students explored various colleges and universities including: UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, Skyline Community College and Alameda Community College. Another group of students also had the chance to tour the Google and Airbnb headquarters to explore different career opportunities.
One in five members of our community are full-time caregivers for a family member, and many have to leave their jobs to provide that care. These are unsung heroes in our community. One such example is Gabriel. Gabriel’s primary caregiver growing up was Jose, his grandfather, his abuelito. Jose was kind, generous and taught him many important things about life and family. As a young man, Gabriel joined the Marines and served our country. Upon returning home he realized the man who had once cared for him was now in need of full-time care. That is when he stepped in and became his grandfather’s primary caregiver.
Living in a fast-paced world with kids, work and events, it is hard to keep energy levels up. Coffee shops and convenient stores are filled with energy drinks, double espressos and many options on how to get a quick fix but you come crashing down soon after. The most important thing is to listen to our bodies and understand what it is trying to tell us. We should nourish and appreciate it by feeding it healthy food and giving it the right energy. Here are a few tips on natural energy boosters that will make you feel much better:
Zarema Vega grew up with a passion for dance. At the age of three she fell in love with dance, becoming passionate about the sport. Throughout her life she has maintained that love and is transferring it to others by opening her own dance studio. I always admire mothers who learn to balance life, work and family. It is inspiring to see and Zarema does just that, making you realize that having it all and being able to take care of yourself is possible. Here is a closer look at a day in her life:
From its start in 1971, Herb Kelleher, the co-founder of Southwest Airlines, focused on forming a company where he placed the employees first. It was his belief that if you treat your employees right, they would be happy employees and they would treat our customers with the same care they were receiving. This would keep our customers coming back, which pleases our shareholders. He once stated, “If you’re crazy enough to do what you love for a living, then you’re bound to create a life that matters.” Such is the case with Vanessa Gomez, who from a young age knew she wanted to be in the restaurant industry creating a life filled with passion and service. Her focus of serving others and creating memorable experiences has brought her success. I invite you to learn more about Vanessa’s journey!
On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the San Diego Air & Space Museum will celebrate the International Air & Space Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Class of 2018 in the Museum’s Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight. Guests from around the world will assemble for a spectacular evening of fun and extraordinary recognition during an evening no one will soon forget.