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Support needed to prevent violence against women

February 17th, 2017
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
BY JENNIFER WAGMAN, VERNA GRIFFIN-TABOR  & ANITA RAJ

One in three women in the United States has been physically assaulted, raped and/or stalked by a husband or boyfriend, meaning more than 475,000 women in San Diego have experienced intimate partner violence. This number expands to more than 40 percent when we include victims of other forms of violence against women, such as psychological partner abuse, nonpartner sexual violence, or sexual exploitation and trafficking. This means you know at least one woman who has experienced abuse. She may be your mother, your friend, your daughter, or she may be you.

Violence against women is a serious public health problem and violation of human rights. It can negatively impact a woman’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive well-being. Abused women are twice as likely to be depressed and/or have alcohol disorders. Close to 40 percent of all women murdered globally are killed by a male intimate partner. Children, too, are deeply impacted by witnessing their mother be abused. They have increased health risks and are more likely to engage in criminal activity and/or experience violence in their own relationships.

 The impact violence has on individuals extends to larger negative consequences throughout society. Intimate partner violence alone costs the U.S. $5.8 billion per year. Being abused by a partner compromises a woman’s ability to meaningfully participate in her own life, let alone the lives of others, and results in lost employment and productivity, as well as capacity to be a fully present parent, caretaker, friend and employee. Violence also depletes resources from social services, the justice system, health care agencies and employers.

To reduce the burdens of partner violence, stalking, sexual assault and other forms of abuse, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994. In 1995, the Department of Justice established the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide technical assistance and administer grants to communities developing programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending all forms of violence against women. OVW’s work over the past two decades has led to significant achievements, including national expansion of violence prevention programs and establishment of rape crisis centers; improved services for abuse survivors; partnerships between law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges; transitional housing for violence victims and legislation to hold perpetrators accountable.

We have been working in the field of intimate partner violence prevention for more than 20 years and are deeply concerned about the potential direction our country is heading. Eliminating federal programs to prevent violence against women will take San Diego and the entire nation many steps back. However, it is not too late to do something to prevent this from happening. Your voice and opinion matter and we suggest you do the following to support those impacted by violence against women: 

 Call your representatives in Congress and ask them to maintain OVW funding to ensure San Diego and the U.S. continue to prioritize the importance of preventing violence against women and providing services to those victimized. 

 Support your local rape crisis centers and domestic violence service organizations, such as the Center for Community Solutions, through donations of money or volunteer time or by getting involved with the organization. 

 

Wagman is assistant professor of medicine and global public health, associate director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health, UC San Diego; deputy director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment. Griffin-Tabor is CEO of Center for Community Solutions, San Diego’s largest agency serving victims of partner violence and sexual assault. Raj is professor of medicine and global public health, director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health, UC San Diego; board member of the Center for Community Solutions.

Copyright © 2017, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Bon Iver launches 2 A Million campaign and partners with Center for Community Solutions to bring gender equity issues centerstage

October 17th, 2016

Contact: Edith Glassey

Chief Development Officer

Cell: 619-548-5179

 

Bon Iver launches 2 A Million campaign and partners with Center for Community Solutions to bring gender equity issues centerstage

 

San Diego – - In the midst of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and on the heels of the release of its new highly-acclaimed album 22, A Million, Bon Iver, led by Justin Vernon and Center for Community Solutions (CCS) announce a partnership as a part of the band’s newly founded charitable campaign: 2 A Million, an effort to bring gender equity issues centerstage by assisting in the pursuit to end domestic violence and sexual abuse.

This month marks the launch of Bon Iver’s international tour in support of 22, A Million, and in each city the band visits, it will partner with a local nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers and creating pathways for women and girls to live safer, more prosperous lives.

“One of the biggest problems with domestic abuse is that people don’t talk about it. It’s insidious, stigmatized and hushed,” says Vernon. “It’s very important to us to encourage dialogue and support the incredible work of our nonprofit partners.”

Center for Community Solutions will partner with Bon Iver in San Diego to raise awareness and stir up conversation around such issues at the band’s sold out October 26th show at Copley Hall.

It is the mission of the Center for Community Solutions to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice. CCS’ vision is for all people to live full, free, expressive and empowered lives in a safe, vibrant, healthy and peaceful community. 

“This partnership comes at a very important time as we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. CCS is honored to partner with Bon Iver to raise awareness around these vital issues.  We are grateful for this opportunity and hope that we can all work together to break the cycle of violence,” says Verna Griffin-Tabor, CEO for Center for Community Solutions.

For more information on how to support ending domestic violence and sexual abuse, please visit www.ccssd.org

 

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About Center for Community Solutions 

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 12,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego.

 

Center for Community Solutions Receives $50,000 in Funding for Teen Relationship Violence Prevention Program

June 30th, 2016

June 30, 2016                                                                                                             

Contact: Edith Glassey

Chief Development Officer

Center for Community Solutions Receives $50,000 in Funding for Teen Relationship Violence Prevention Program 

Grant from Raliance, New Collaborative Initiative to End Sexual Violence in One Generation

 

San Diego, CA  – Center for Community Solutions (CCS) has been selected to receive grant funding of $50,000  from Raliance, a newly launched, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. The grant will go toward provision of Teen Relationship Violence Prevention Education to youth in San Diego County’s juvenile detention and juvenile rehabilitation facilities.  Center for Community Solutions was chosen to receive this funding among a competitive pool of over 250 applications.

“CCS is honored to receive this funding, and to partner with Raliance in our shared vision to end sexual violence in one generation,” said Verna Griffin-Tabor, CEO.  “This funding will allow us to continue our important work of preventing relationship violence through outreach and education to youth. Violence is a learned behavior and through prevention education, we can promote healthy and safe communities in San Diego County.”

A goal of CCS’ Teen Relationship Violence Prevention Education Program is to decrease relationship violence for youth in the county’s juvenile detention and rehabilitation facilities through a series of educational presentations.  The presentation curriculum is based on social learning theory and cognitive behavioral principles that have been found to reduce recidivism rates among juvenile offenders.  CCS has been working with San Diego County’s Probation Department for ten years, and this funding will expand the program to other facilities in the region.

Raliance was recently founded by three leading sexual violence prevention organizations – the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)-PreventConnect, and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV). Raliance will serve as the central hub for effective allocation and distribution of programmatic funding for sexual violence response and prevention efforts and as the go-to resource on sexual violence for policymakers, advocates, service providers, and the media.

As its first initiative, Raliance has funded 27 projects – including Center for Community Solutions – totaling nearly $1.2 million. The ongoing grant program seeks to advance promising, replicable practices or policies that 1) improve the response to victims of sexual violence; 2) reduce the likelihood of perpetration of sexual violence; or 3) strengthen communities’ and organizations’ capacity to create safe environments. This initiative is made possible through a multi-year, $10 million commitment from the National Football League (NFL).


About Center for Community Solutions

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 10,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego.

Learn more:  http://www.ccssd.org/

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Thank you, Mary Kay Foundation!

October 2nd, 2015

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For More Information

Edith A. Glassey

858-272-5777, ext.123 or eglassey@ccssd.org

 

THE MARY KAY FOUNDATION AWARDS CENTER FOR COMMUNITIY SOLUTIONS (CCS) $20,000 GRANT FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAMS

 

Local Shelter is One of 150 to Receive Funding in Advance of

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

San Diego (Oct. 2, 2015) – Center for Community Solutions (CCS), an organization that provides emergency and transitional shelters for women, children and families affected by domestic violence in San Diego County received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation℠. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Foundation has awarded $20,000 in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for a total of $3 million. 

           

While more than half of the grant recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, others hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve.  Center for Community Solutions will use the grant funding to provide a bilingual therapist, which is critical to providing inclusive, trauma-informed counseling services to help victims of domestic violence begin to heal and rebuild their lives.

 

“At Center for Community Solutions, we are incredibly grateful for the support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and its commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Verna Griffin-Tabor, Executive Director.  “This grant will increase our language capacity to provide bilingual and bicultural trauma specific therapeutic services to our Spanish speaking shelter and counseling clients.”

 

 “Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “While progress has been made in the United States in meeting the needs of the thousands of domestic violence survivors who seek help each and every day, there remains a significant gap between funding and resources. We know from our work with shelter directors across the nation that the Foundation’s annual grants are a lifeline for many shelters and continues to impact an epidemic that touches one in every four women.” 

 

Since 2000, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has donated $35.6 million to domestic violence organizations through its annual shelter grant program. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state with the

remaining grants distributed based on state population. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands have also received funding through the Shelter Grant program. Approximately 625 domestic violence shelters applied for funding this year.

 

 

About The Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation℠ was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue.  The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has awarded $64.2 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States.  To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

 

About Center for Community Solutions

Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions assists more than 10,000 individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors; counseling, legal and advocacy for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors; and prevention and education outreach to youth and adults of all ages. CCS provides three 24-hour emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and their children. Connect with CCS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. www.ccssd.org

 

 

 

 

 

Chef Showdown 2015! New, Re-designed and Re-imagined. Join us on October 29!

August 28th, 2015

Center for Community Solutions’ 11th Annual Chef Showdown is Back!

New, re-Imagined and redesigned event benefits victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault

 

San Diego, CA (August 5, 2015) – Center for Community Solutions (CCS) will host the 11th  Annual Chef Showdown, on Thursday, October 29 at a stunning new waterfront venue, the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier.  The annual fundraising event takes place during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is held in October throughout the country.  This one-of-a-kind culinary event will benefit programs and services of CCS, a San Diego nonprofit that provides advocacy, legal support, healing and prevention services for survivors  of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

 

New and exhilarating additions this year! Get up close and personal with 10 of San Diego’s top Chefs and Mixologists who will battle head-to-head to create over the top culinary creations with exquisitely paired cocktails. Featuring Calvin Hanis from Carnitas Snack Shack, Lota Accursio from Solare Ristorante and Lori Sauer from George’s at the Cove, two teams of five chefs and mixologists will compete using a featured ingredient and their dishes must pass and impress a panel of six industry professionals and a People’s Choice Judging Panel.

 

Featured judges for the competition include Chef Bernard Guillas, from The Marine Room, Isabel Cruz, Executive Chef and Owner of The Cantina Group, Candice Woo, founding Editor of Eater San Diego, Chef Amy Dibiase from Tidal and Mixologist Jeff Josenhans from the Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel. In addition, guests can bid for a spot on this brand new judge’s panel and vote for the People’s Choice Award.  Emmy Award winner Sam Zien from the famous television show Sam the Cooking Guy will host the competition.

 

Chef Showdown will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N Harbor Drive. Tickets to the event are $250 each, and can be purchased by calling (858) 272-5777, ext. 151, or online at https://ccssd.ejoinme.org/cheftickets2015.

 

Chef Showdown is co-chaired by Deborah Higgins, President of Higgins Capital and Tamara Romeo, Founder and CEO of San Diego Office Design. Most importantly, Chef Showdown is also a fundraising event to support the much needed services for Center for Community Solutions.  Over 600 supporters including individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors, and political and community leaders will attend the culinary event to enjoy the chef competition, taste an array of delectable creations from more than 20 restaurants, sample a variety of wines, and bid on auction items.

 

 

About Center for Community Solutions

Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions assists more than 11,000 children, individuals, and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse each year. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors, legal and advocacy for domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse survivors, and prevention and education outreach to youth and adults of all ages. CCS provides three 24-hour emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and their children. Connect with CCS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

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Save the Date for Tea & Tonic 2015!

February 3rd, 2015

Tea and Tonic 2015 slideMark your calendars and save the date for Center for Community Solutions’ 16th Annual Tea & Tonic event fundraiser on Friday, April 24, 2015 at The Grand Del Mar. The annual event is held to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month which is commemorated across the United States each April.  

The “high tea” fundraising event benefits prevention and intervention programs and services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The event features a celebrity guest speaker who shares his or her personal journey as a survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence. Tea & Tonic also celebrates valued sponsors, committed volunteers and business and community leaders from across San Diego County who continue to support the agency’s mission: to end relationship violence by being a catalyst for caring communities & social justice.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.ccssd.org for $150 per person. Sponsorships are available beginning at $1,500 per table. For further information, please contact Special Events Manager Jennifer Lynaugh at jlynaugh@ccssd.org or call 858-272-5777, ext. 151. 

SDSU Receives $200k Grant to Combat Sexual Violence

January 22nd, 2015

SDSU Receives $200k Grant to Combat Sexual Violence  
The grant will fund a full-time sexual assault victim advocate on campus and other prevention and education resources and activities.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2015)— San Diego State University has received a $200,000 grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services  (Cal OES) to better prevent and respond to incidents of sexual assault on campus.

The grant is part of the Cal OES Campus Sexual Assault Program, which aims to create a comprehensive coordinated response that is survivor-centered, enhances survivor safety, provides confidential services to assault survivors, hold offenders accountable and includes prevention activities.

“For months, administrators from across campus have been meeting to discuss the best ways to combat sexual violence on campus,” said Jessica Rentto, associate vice president for Business and Financial Affairs and Title IX coordinator for SDSU.

“This grant provides SDSU with additional resources allowing us to fund additional positions focused on sexual violence prevention and it provides resources so that SDSU can implement cutting edge programs and activities.  SDSU, together with the San Diego-based Center for Community Solutions, can be a real model for how universities across the country handle the issue of sexual assault.”

Support on and off campus

The grant will allow SDSU to have a full-time sexual assault victim advocate on campus, who will be trained and hired through the Center for Community Solutions. It will also allow for a part-time police officer dedicated to sexual assault prevention, training and investigation.

“CCS is pleased to partner with SDSU.  We have come full circle with the university ever since our organization was started at SDSU in 1969 by two female students who believed in empowering women and girls, and at the time provided safety for those fleeing relationship violence,” said Verna Griffin-Tabor, CEO of Center for Community Solutions.

 ”Each day that we partner together to combat sexual and relationship violence brings us closer to a community where everyone can feel safe on and off campus, and foster a community that believes in violence prevention and social justice,” Griffin-Tabor continued.

SDSU submitted an in-depth proposal to Cal OES in July to be one of two universities to be funded with an annual allocation of up to $200,000 per year for three years. The other university to receive the grant is California State University Long Beach.

SDSU is committing an additional $66,667 of its own resources to support the grant activities.  

The grant will also allow the university to expand its Sexual Violence Task Force to include representatives from community agencies and local law enforcement. This expansion will help SDSU develop a comprehensive and coordinated community response relating to incidents of sexual violence to ensure that survivors are fully supported both on and off campus.

Additional funds will be used for student, faculty and staff trainings, community outreach efforts and educational materials. A portion will also be allocated to student organizations to support events and activities targeted at sexual assault awareness and prevention.

An engaged campus

SDSU recognizes sexual violence as a challenge that universities across the country continue to face, so the university will continue to provide opportunities to the campus community for meaningful dialogue and action related to eliminating sexual violence. Below is a list of activities, events and resources SDSU is offering this semester:

Public Briefings: Beginning in early February, members of the campus Sexual Violence Task Force will give bi-weekly briefings on a variety of topics related to this issue. Discussions may range from the campus judicial process, to survivor support, to open question and answer sessions. The first briefing will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. The location is being determined and more information about these briefings will be forthcoming soon.

Women’s Resource Center: The search process is underway for a coordinator of the soon-to-open Women’s Resource Center, which will foster safe, inclusive and affirming social and educational interactions for women-identified students. The campus community will have the opportunity to meet the finalists for this position at public forums. More information will be forthcoming soon.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week: The student subcommittee of the Sexual Violence Task Force is planning several events to highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 20-24. These events including guest speakers, training programs, and support for the Womyn’s Outreach Association (WOA) Take Back the Night event, check the Title IX website for updates.

Training: Over the break, Resident Advisors in all residence halls received additional training about reporting sexual violence and supporting victims through the process. Members of the Greek community have scheduled their Agent of Change online training and have participated in dialogues about the role the Greek community plays in sexual violence and its prevention on campus. The Greek community will also host a week of events at the end of February to help discuss and raise awareness about this important issue. More information about the Greek community’s activities can be found here.

Campus Climate Survey: A campus climate survey relating to sexual violence will begin April 6. The purpose of the survey is to gauge the prevalence of sexual assault at SDSU, determine students’ attitudes and awareness about the issue, and help to craft solutions.

It’s On Us Pledge: Students, faculty and staff are invited to take the It’s On Us pledge and promise to help put an end to sexual violence at San Diego State University.

For more information about events and activities, check the university’s Title IX website often.

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About Center for Community Solutions
Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions assists more than 10,000 women, children and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors, legal and advocacy for domestic violence survivors, and prevention and education outreach to youth of all ages. CCS provides two 24-hour emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for victims of domestic violence and their children.

About San Diego State University
San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

San Diego Top Chefs Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence at Iron-Chef Style Competition for the 10th Annual Chef Showdown

August 5th, 2014

Proceeds benefit Center for Community Solutions

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) will host the 10th  Annual Chef Showdown, on Thursday, September 18 at an exciting new venue, the San Diego Harley Davidson on Morena Boulevard.  The annual fundraising event kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is held in October throughout the country.  This one-of-a-kind culinary event will benefit programs and services of CCS, a San Diego nonprofit that provides advocacy, legal support, healing and prevention services for survivors s of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

The event highlights San Diego top chefs participating in an “Iron Chef” style competition and they include Amy Dibiase from Tidal, Lori Sauer from George’s at the Cove, Jason McLeod from Ironside, and Brandon Fortune from Kitchen 1540. Two teams of chefs and mixologists will compete using a secret ingredient and their dishes must pass muster in front of 8 judges.

The judges for the competition are Chef Bernard Guillas from The Marine Room, Restaurateur Ingrid Croce, Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey, Executive Chef Paul McCabe, and Executive Chef Flor Franco from the newest restaurant in the Guadalupe Valley, Convivia Artesanal. In addition, two judge spots will be offered to guests for bidding during the live auction portion of the evening.  Emmy Award winner Sam Zien from the famous television show Sam the Cooking Guy will host the competition.

Chef Showdown is co-chaired by Isabel Cruz, Executive Chef and Owner of Isabel’s Cantina, and Dee Dee Castro, Community Relations Manager from Viejas. Most importantly, Chef Showdown is also a fundraising event with a net income goal of at least $100,000 for much needed support for Center for Community Solutions.  Over 600 supporters including individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors, political and community leaders attend the culinary event to enjoy the chef competition, taste an array of delectable creations from more than 20 restaurants, sample a variety of wines, and bid on auction items.

Chef Showdown will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at San Diego Harley Davidson, 4645 Morena Boulevard. Tickets to the event are $150 each or $250 for a VIP reservation, and can be purchased by calling (858) 272-5777, ext. 120.

About Center for Community Solutions

Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions assists more than 11,000 women, children and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse each year. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors, legal and advocacy for domestic violence and elder abuse survivors, and prevention and education outreach to youth of all ages. CCS provides two 24-hour emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for victims of domestic violence and their children.

 

 

Center for Community Solutions Announces Wellness Activists, Legal Advocates and Community Leaders Photographed for “My Sister’s Voice” Exhibition

May 12th, 2014

CCS Unveils Final Group of Inspirational Women Photographed for June 6 Fundraising Reception

 

SAN DIEGO – May 14, 2014 – The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention services for violence and abuse, announces the final 10 of 40 women featured in the international photographic exhibition, “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice.” The exhibition will debut with a June 6 evening reception at San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Pavilion. The last 10 participants are prominent wellness activists, legal advocates, community leaders and they build upon the previous announcements of photo subjects who are government and education luminaries, international leaders and arts and culture contributors.

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • The photographic exhibition features several women who are wellness activists, legal advocates and community frontrunners including executive, leadership and team coach Bette Hoffman. With over 20 years of experience designing and facilitating workshops for managers in the health and human services, Hoffman is the recipient of nine competitive training grants. Speaker, author, health and wellness advocate Ellen Dolgen demonstrates lifelong commitment to wellness education through board representation, fundraising and event organization along with her weekly newsletter, Menopause Mondays, which promotes well-being for women around the world. Deborah Szekely, hailed as the “Godmother of Wellness” by the Huffington Post, is a prominent activist, writer, founder and board member of numerous organizations and is considered a San Diego icon.  Jewel Kelley, a member of the Center for Community Solutions advisory board and one of the founding members of The San Diego Black Nurses Association (SDBNA) chapters, works diligently to influence change relative to the health care needs of African Americans.
  • Other exhibition subjects leverage the law in their community-advocacy efforts. Jerrilyn Malana represents Fortune 500 clients and local businesses in all types of employment-related litigation, is co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Employment & Labor Relations Law Committee for the Section of Litigation, shareholder at Littler Mendelson, former President of the San Diego County Bar Association and was recognized on the list of The Best Lawyers in America for 2013. As a California Western student Samantha Shine McPherson aspires to become a federal prosecutor, and through commitment to public service McPherson received the 2012 Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Scholar distinction, as well as the California State Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship.
  • The exhibition includes other prominent community activists. Elizabeth Yamada, a former teacher, partner and owner of a landscape architecture firm, and member of the Japanese American Citizens League serves on multiple foundation advisory boards and has earned considerable recognition through her reflections on Japanese American internment. Linda Katz, co-founder of Women Give San Diego, has served as a community leader and civic activist in the San Diego region for over 30 years, is the founding president of The San Diego Women’s Foundation and recipient of numerous advocacy and volunteer awards. Other exhibition subjects are survivors of domestic violence. Crystal Harris, a stockbroker and activist, purposefully transforms her life experiences as a catalyst to take a stand against domestic violence injustice. Jeanine Lee a public speaker, survivor and advocate for social justice issues, especially those affecting women and children, domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • The multimedia exhibition features 40 evocative portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by renowned photographer Pablo Mason. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief video documentary and “note,” sharing a life lesson important enough to be passed on to the next generation, our “sons and daughters.”
  • Meet the remarkable women at CCS’ June 6 evening reception. Reserve tickets online or by contacting Jennifer Lynaugh at jlynaugh@ccssd.org or (858) 272-5777 ext. 151.

 

ABOUT CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.ccssd.org/.

 

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Editorial Contact:

Christina Gramatikova

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Center for Community Solutions Announces Government and Education Luminaries Photographed for “My Sister’s Voice” Exhibition

May 12th, 2014

CCS Discloses Penultimate Group of 40 Inspirational Women Photographed for June 6 Fundraising Reception

 

SAN DIEGO – April 29, 2014 – The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention services for violence and abuse, shares the third group of 10 women featured in the international photographic exhibition, “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice.” The exhibition will debut with a June 6 evening reception at San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Pavilion. The 10 newest participants revealed are trailblazers in government and education, and they expand our previous announcements of photo subjects who are international leaders and arts and culture luminaries.

                                                                                 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • The photographic exhibition features several women who are government leaders, including newly elected Speaker of California Assembly Toni Atkins, who champions causes ranging from healthcare, affordable housing and economic development to LGBT and veterans’ rights. Former U.S. Representative for California and Chief of Staff to California Governor Gray Davis, Lynn Schenk sits on the boards of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Scripps Research Institute and the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Sycuan Tribal Charlene Worrell-Eckel, commissioner for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Gaming Commission, helped her tribe reclaim 2,000 acres of ancestral land.
  • Several of the exhibition’s subjects are trailblazers in education. Both Dee Aker and Jennifer Freeman hail from the University of San Diego’s prestigious Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ). A psychological anthropologist and conflict-resolution professional, Aker serves as deputy director of the IPJ and created its Nepal Peace Initiative, WorldLink Program and the Women PeaceMakers Program. Freeman directs the Women PeaceMakers Program and, with Aker, launched the first Women PeaceMakers Regional Networks to support women’s myriad roles in peacebuilding during and after conflicts. Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., is director of the UC San Diego Global Health Initiative, associate dean for Global Health Sciences and chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine, where she leads a research and training program focusing on infectious diseases of global health importance. Anne Otterson serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UC San Diego Rady School of Management, a member emeritus of the Moores UC San Diego Cancer Center Board and a supporter of the UC San Diego Foundation and numerous local charities.
  • At San Diego State University Carol Rowell Council co-founded the nation’s first women’s studies program and later co-founded what is now known as the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), which this photographic exhibition benefits. She and others involved with CCS add their wisdom and photographs to “My Sister’s Voice.” Current CCS CEO Verna Griffin-Tabor is committed to the prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence and serves on the boards of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program. CCS Board Member Anita Crandall is an employee-relations consultant and staunch advocate of community involvement and workplace diversity who also serves as a Campaign Cabinet Member of the United Way of San Diego.
  • The multimedia exhibition features 40 evocative portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by renowned photographer Pablo Mason. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief video documentary and “note,” sharing a life lesson important enough to be passed on to the next generation, our “sons and daughters.” The final photographic subjects will be announced soon.
  • Meet the remarkable women at CCS’ June 6 evening reception. Reserve tickets online or by contacting Jennifer Lynaugh at jlynaugh@ccssd.org or (858) 272-5777 ext. 151.

 

QUOTES

Verna Griffin-Tabor, Center for Community Solutions’ executive director and CEO

“The Center for Community Solutions is pleased to announce the names of 10 more women photographed for ‘My Sister’s Voice.’ I am truly honored to be a part of this exhibition and humbled to be photographed and quoted alongside 39 inspirational women.”

 

Alexis Dixon, Notes to Our Sons and Daughters’ project creator

“These 10 extraordinary women, whose images are portrayed in ‘My Sister’s Voice’, are government and education luminaries. It is an honor to amplify their remarkable voices through our multimedia exhibition.”

 

ABOUT CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.ccssd.org/.

 

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Editorial Contact:

Elizabeth Brown

(619) 993-4648

elizabeth@townsendteam.com

15th Annual Tea & Tonic Held on April 23rd, 2013

May 12th, 2014

 

SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2014) – Center for Community Solutions (CCS), recently held its 15th Annual Tea and Tonic event at The Grand Del Mar. The organization which provides intervention, healing, advocacy, and prevention programs and services for individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse, reports that preliminary event proceeds are at an all-time record  high, raising over $225,000. 

 

The Premier Sponsors for the event were Nordstrom, Sycuan, HD Supply and The California Endowment. Media Sponsors were Riviera Magazine and Clear Channel Communications, and Contributing Sponsors included The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation, The TJX Companies, and Club Pilates.

 

The Tea event is held annually during the month of April in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month with 500 guests including local businesses, community leaders and philanthropists who attended this year.  Kimberly Hunt and Steve Atkinson, anchors of ABC Channel 10 News served as the event emcees.

Also included in this year’s program, CCS presented its Courage Award to Danielle Tansino, a sexual assault survivor who received healing services from CCS.  Ms. Tansino started a campaign called “Red My Lips” which launched in 2013 to encourage supporters to wear red lipstick all throughout the month of April to increase visibility and awareness related to sexual violence, demonstrate support and solidarity with survivors, and combat rape culture and victim-blaming.  “Red My Lips” has supporters in 49 countries.

CCS also recognized Las Patronas as its Volunteer Organization of the Year.  Las Patronas is an all-volunteer organization and they have generously supported CCS and over 1,000 charitable institutions in the San Diego community since 1946.  Another Community Hero Honoree was Michelle Lerach who was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year.  Ms.Lerach is not only a financial supporter of CCS; she also volunteers her time to the organization and donated weekly deliveries of food to the agency.  Her philanthropic work on empowering women from San Diego to Africa and Liberia embodies CCS’ vision for all people to live full, free, expressive and empowered lives.

 “While CCS works with very serious and difficult issues of relationship violence and domestic abuse, this event is an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the community’s overwhelming support in raising awareness and critical funds to ensure that we can be there each day for those who need our help,”said Verna Griffin-Tabor, executive director of Center for Community Solutions.

Proceeds from the “Tea & Tonic” benefit CCS’ full range of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse programs, including emergency response teams, a 24-hour hotline, two emergency shelters, victim advocacy, two transitional housing programs, case management, court accompaniment, clinical services and legal services.

About Center for Community Solutions

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego and the only elder abuse program in the county of San Diego.

For more information, visit http://www.ccssd.org/.

 

 

Center for Community Solutions Announces International Leaders Photographed for “My Sister’s Voice” Exhibition

May 12th, 2014

CCS Reveals Second Group of 40 Inspirational Women Photographed for June 6 Fundraising Reception

SAN DIEGO – April 2, 2014 – The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention services for violence and abuse, introduces the second group of 10 women featured in the international photographic exhibition, “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice,” which will debut with a June 6 evening reception at San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Pavilion. These 10 subjects are making an impact on a global scale, while the first 10 subjects introduced are active in the arts and culture community.

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
• The photographic exhibition features several women who are leaders internationally, including a 2013 U.S. Secretary of State’s International Woman of Courage Award recipient Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, who has handled more than 2,000 cases of violations of women’s rights in Nigeria and currently heads the country’s Campaign for Democracy. A 2012 “Champion of Change” White House honoree, Fary Moini is an Iranian-born nurse who spearheaded the foundation of the Jalalabad Rotary School and educates women and girls and provides training to healthcare professionals in Afghanistan.

• Four of the exhibition’s subjects were named a “Woman PeaceMaker” by the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Rutuparna Mohanty, the fourth daughter of freedom-fighter followers of Mahatma Gandhi, is a human-rights lawyer, social activist and publisher of the weekly newspaper, Janani (“The Voice of Women”) in India. Rehana Hashmi leads Sisters Trust Pakistan, where she helps victims of domestic violence break free of religious fundamentalism and forced marriages. Sabiha Husić, a psychotherapist, Islamic theologian and interreligious peacebuilder, directs Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Medica Zenica, which provides psychosocial and medical support to women and children victims of war and post-war violence. Philister Baya Lawiri, chairperson of South Sudan’s Civil Service Commission, is a human-rights activist working to advance women’s engagement in the peace process.

• “My Sister’s Voice” also includes several women involved in improving healthcare, nutrition and special health services for women and girls internationally. Dorah Wanyana Dunigan is an activist helping girls stay in school in her native Uganda; she is also HIV-positive and training to become a doctor so she can help find a cure. Dr. Eunice Sanchez-Mata is an internal-medicine and pediatric physician at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego; she is also a staunch, international healthcare advocate and director of Friends & Family Community Connection’s medical program, which hosts mobile medical clinics in remote places and countries where there is little access. Elisa Sabatini serves as the executive director for Via International, a community development organization working on the US/Mexico border to strengthen community capacity in the areas of nutrition and ecology, microcredit, leadership and “voluntourism.” Hailing from Somalia, Amina Sheikh Mohamed manages the African American Campaign for UC San Diego’s Network for a Healthy California, which provides health and nutrition education to low-income African Americans.

• The multimedia exhibition features 40 evocative portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by renowned photographer Pablo Mason. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief video documentary and “note,” sharing a life lesson important enough to be passed on to the next generation, our “sons and daughters.” Additional photographic subjects will be announced soon.
• Meet the remarkable women at CCS’ June 6 evening reception. Reserve tickets online or by contacting Jennifer Lynaugh at jlynaugh@ccssd.org or (858) 272-5777 ext. 151.

QUOTES
Verna Griffin-Tabor, Center for Community Solutions’ executive director and CEO
“The Center for Community Solutions is pleased to reveal more of the 40 photographic subjects from the book and multimedia project ‘My Sister’s Voice.’ These pioneering women are having an international impact on society, and we are honored to have them as part of our event.”

Alexis Dixon, Notes to Our Sons and Daughters’ project creator
“These 10 remarkable women, whose images are portrayed in ‘My Sister’s Voice’, are internationally acclaimed for their contributions and activism. I am proud to help amplify their voices though these powerful images, stories and events.”

ABOUT CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS
Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.ccssd.org/.

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Editorial Contact:
Elizabeth Brown
(619) 993-4648
elizabeth@townsendteam.com

10 of 39 Inspirational Women being honored at Notes to Our Sons & Daughters – My Sister’s Voice

April 1st, 2014

 

Center for Community Solutions Introduces Arts & Culture Subjects of “My Sister’s Voice” Photographic Exhibition

 

CCS Reveals 10 of 39 Inspirational Women Photographed for June 6 Fundraising Reception

 

SAN DIEGO – March 13, 2014 – The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention services for violence and abuse, introduces 10 women featured in the international photographic exhibition, “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice,” which will debut with a June 6 evening reception at San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Pavilion. The first 10 of the 39 dynamic women have contributed to local and international arts and culture.

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • The photographic exhibition includes several women with ties to the film industry. Artist, teen activist and former homeless teen Inocente Izucar is the subject of the 2013 Academy Award-winning documentary short film “Inocente.” The 2013 internationally acclaimed film “Eden” is based on Chong Kim’s life as a sex slave before she founded the nonprofit Minorities and Survivors Improving Empowerment (MASIE). The 2010 documentary, “La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison” narrated by Susan Sarandon, is based on the late Mother Antonia Brenner, the American nun, nicknamed “The Prison Angel,” who cared for inmates at the notorious maximum-security La Mesa Prison in Tijuana, Mexico. She passed away in October 2013. Filmmaker, author, philanthropist and activist Deborah Santana is the recipient of nearly a dozen awards for her humanitarian efforts and was recently recognized by the Dalai Lama.
  • “My Sister’s Voice” includes women who are engaged in social activism and the culinary arts. Isabel Cruz, a chef, author and restaurateur, owns five Mexican-cuisine-inspired restaurants, including the acclaimed Isabel’s Cantina and Barrio Star in San Diego. Lawyer, social justice activist and international consultant Michelle Lerach is the founder of Cups, an organic bakery in La Jolla.
  • Additionally, many photographic subjects are themselves accomplished artists and recognized advocates of arts and philanthropy. Painter, photographer and artisan jeweler Ruth Westreich leads The Westreich Foundation, an initiative-based foundation committed to furthering health and wellness. Ruth is also one of the honorary chairs at the June 6 fundraiser. Award-winning author, photographer and multimedia storyteller Jan Phillips is co-founder and executive director of the Livingkindness Foundation. Teen social entrepreneur Catherine Mitchell, a 2012 recipient of The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, empowers Ugandan women by selling their handcrafted jewelry through her socially-minded business Beauty 4 Life.
  • Athlete Sydney Seau, the daughter of legendary linebacker Junior Seau, is a standout USC sand volleyball player and advocate for awareness, research and innovation in the prevention of professional football brain injuries.
  • The multimedia exhibition will feature 39 evocative portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by renowned photographer Pablo Mason. Each photograph will be accompanied by a brief video documentary and “note,” sharing a life lesson important enough to be passed on to the next generation, our “sons and daughters.” Additional photographic subjects will be announced soon.
  • Meet the remarkable women at CCS’ June 6 evening reception. Reserve tickets online or by contacting Jennifer Lynaugh at jlynaugh@ccssd.org or (858) 272-5777 ext. 151.

 

QUOTES

Verna Griffin-Tabor, Center for Community Solutions’ executive director and CEO

“The Center for Community Solutions is pleased to unveil the names of the first 10 of 39 photographic subjects from the book and multimedia project in ‘My Sister’s Voice.’ We are honored to be part of this effort to raise social consciousness through the incredible life lessons of inspirational local and international women.”

 

Alexis Dixon, Notes to Our Sons and Daughters’ project creator

“These 10 remarkable women, whose images are portrayed in ‘My Sister’s Voice’, are acclaimed for their contributions to the arts. On their faces, we can glimpse the wisdom they’ve gained from life.  This exhibition provides a space where women’s invaluable contributions to our common humanity can be heard. It is in listening that we are transformed and can begin to change the world.”

 

ABOUT CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.ccssd.org/.

 

 

Editorial Contact:

Elizabeth Brown

(619) 993-4648

elizabeth@townsendteam.com

The Unique June 6 Fundraiser Showcases 40 Inspirational Women From Around the Globe

April 1st, 2014

 

Center for Community Solutions Announces Public Debut of Photographic Exhibition “My Sister’s Voice”

 

The Unique June 6 Fundraiser Showcases 40 Inspirational Women From Around the Globe

 

SAN DIEGO – Feb. 26, 2014 – The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention services for violence and abuse, announces the exhibition, “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice.” A June 6 evening reception at San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Pavilion serves as the public unveiling of the stylized black and white international photographic collection.

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • The multimedia exhibition will feature 40 evocative portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by renowned photographer Pablo Mason. Each photograph will be accompanied by a short video documentary and “note,” sharing a life lesson important enough to be passed on to the next generation, our “sons and daughters.”
  • Unique to the June 6 event, the extraordinary women photographed will attend, many coming from all corners of the globe – Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Sudan.
  • “My Sister’s Voice” is the second exhibition in the series “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters.” The first event celebrated the wisdom of elders and raised more than $300,000 for a San Diego nonprofit.
  • The complete photographic collection, along with the womens’ bios, will be transformed into a stunning, yet moving, oversized coffee-table book that will be available for purchase beginning June 6.

 

QUOTES

Verna Griffin-Tabor, Center for Community Solutions’ executive director and CEO

“Every once in a while, a project comes along that’s so powerful that you have to be a part of it. For the Center for Community Solutions, that project is ‘My Sister’s Voice.’ To have the opportunity to raise social consciousness through the incredible life lessons of women locally and globally is a privilege. Finding and celebrating one’s voice is a powerful way to eliminate oppression and violence that depends on the power of shaming a victim into silence.”

 

Alexis Dixon, Notes to Our Sons and Daughters’ director

“This project, ‘My Sister’s Voice’ provides a space where the voices of women and their invaluable and necessary contributions to our common humanity can be heard. On their faces, we can glimpse the wisdom they’ve gained from life. From their thoughtful observations, we, all of us, regardless of gender, are invited to a greater understanding of our shared humanity.”

 

 

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To celebrate the courage, beauty and voice of humanity through the photographs of women.

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June 6, 2014

5 p.m. VIP reception

6-9 p.m. General reception and exhibit

Where:

 

 

 

 

 

Broadway Pier and Pavilion
1000 North Harbor Drive

San Diego

Tickets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

$175 each for general admission

$250 each for VIP (includes private tour with photographer and celebrity host)

Tickets can be purchased online.

Contact:

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lynaugh 

jlynaugh@ccssd.org

(858) 272-5777 ext. 151

 

ABOUT CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.ccssd.org/.

 

 

Editorial Contact:

Elizabeth Brown

(619) 993-4648

elizabeth@townsendteam.com

 

Sponsorship and Ticket Contact:

Jennifer Lynaugh 

(858) 272-5777 ext. 151

jlynaugh@ccssd.org