A prototype of the Volcano Room, a special activity room for children who have lost a loved one, will be added to the Children’s Bereavement Center at The Elizabeth Hospice facility in Escondido. Photo courtesy of  Eckert & Eckert Photography

A prototype of the Volcano Room, a special activity room for children who have lost a loved one, will be added to the Children’s Bereavement Center at The Elizabeth Hospice facility in Escondido. Photo courtesy of Eckert & Eckert Photography

— The Elizabeth Hospice announced a $10,660 grant from Las Patronas to fund the construction of an innovative activity room where children experiencing loss can express powerful emotions as they process their grief.

Funds from Las Patronas will be used to build a “Volcano Room” at the Children’s Bereavement Center at the hospice. This “big energy” room will have padded walls and floors and be equipped with pillows, soft blocks, large stuffed animals and pillow jousts to help children process grief in a safe place.

The Elizabeth Hospice is the community’s leading provider of children’s bereavement services. In January 2018, it expanded its offering to include a Children’s Bereavement Center in Escondido. The center is a safe, nonjudgmental place where children and teens participate in peer-support groups. They honor and memorialize their loved one, learn they are not alone, build a toolbox of coping skills and have fun while working through their grief.

Jan Jones, president/CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice said: “One in five children will experience the death of someone close to them before they reach the age of 18. Without support, grieving children are at higher than normal risk for problems in school, substance abuse, depression and anxiety.” Visit: elizabethhospice.org/.

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Mission Edge announced the launch of its 2018 Social Enterprise Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL), designed to empower nonprofit organizations and purpose-driven businesses to develop and grow sustainable, revenue-based business models that align with their social missions. In partnership with Qualcomm Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Mitchell International and Cox Communications Inc., the 14-week program provides a rich curriculum with content, tools, workshops, and lectures that help participants build and test their business models. SAIL is running from March through June 2018 and culminates with a final pitch event.

Kathlyn Mead, president/CEO of The San Diego Foundation said: “SAIL is a gamechanger that actively engages nonprofits in a process of identifying innovative, market-based solutions toward greater financial stability. Strengthening our social safety net through solid business practices can ensure the provision of much-needed services to improve quality of life for our most vulnerable San Diegans.”

Participating organizations include: Urban Street Angels, National Alliance of Mental Illness San Diego, i-SAFE Enterprises, YOU ME Clothing, Equinox Project, Blue Star Families, 4 Walls International, TutorChat, East County Economic Development Council Foundation and A Reason to Survive. Visit missionedge.org/labs.

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The Certified Development Co. Small Business Finance, a California-based SBA 504 CDC Lender, Community Advantage Lender and Microloan Intermediary, has been selected as this year’s Jody C. Raskind Award recipient. This recognition is presented annually by the U.S. Small Business Administration to a mission-focused lender that has distinguished itself in helping small businesses start, grow and expand.

The award will be presented by SBA Administrator Linda McMahon to CDC Small Business Finance President/CEO, Kurt Chilcott, during the inaugural event of National Small Business Week at the United States Institute of Peace, in Washington, D.C.

CDC Small Business Finance has facilitated over $13 billion in financing to more than 11,000 small businesses, which created and preserved 193,000 jobs. Over 20 percent of CDC Small Business Finance’s loans have been made to minority small business entrepreneurs, including women and military veterans.

Under Chilcott’s leadership, CDC Small Business Finance became one of the first Community Advantage lenders certified and has been the number one lender in the nation since. CDC Small Business Finance approved over $47 million in capital to 369 businesses and created/retained over 3,000 jobs.

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Executive director of The San Diego Women’s Foundation, Katie Sawyer, was recognized as one of 15 women at the 78th Assembly District’s Women of the Year Celebration. In honor of Women’s History Month, Assembly member Todd Gloria hosted the inaugural celebration recently at the Women’s Museum of California in Liberty Station.

The celebration honored some of the inspirational, courageous and strong women from the 78th Assembly District who help empower the community. Katie Sawyer, along with 14 other women who live, work, volunteer or attend school in the 78th Assembly District, were recognized for their personal accomplishments and dedication to building a stronger San Diego.

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