Jeanne McAlister, founder and chief executive officer of McAlister Institute, one of San Diego County’s largest alcohol and other drug treatment providers. Photo courtesy of the McAlister Institute

Jeanne McAlister, founder and chief executive officer of McAlister Institute, one of San Diego County’s largest alcohol and other drug treatment providers. Photo courtesy of the McAlister Institute

The McAlister Institute announced that it received an $11,195 grant from Las Patronas to fund a wellness courtyard at the organization’s Kiva Learning Center for Women and Children. Kiva was established by the institute in 1981 and became one of the first five organizations in the nation and the first in San Diego County to develop the residential program that allows women to live with their children in a safe, instructive, and supportive environment while they receive treatment for addiction. The McAlister Institute is a nonprofit that helps bring lifesaving services in substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, life skills education and vocational training to individuals and families regardless of their ability to pay.

The organization also announced that on Valentine’s Day, program clients from McAlister Institute’s Group Home East, a short-term residential treatment program for teens funded by the County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency, distributed cards to homeless individuals at the First Presbyterian Church on Date Street in San Diego. The distribution was an anonymous act of service, human kindness, and an expression of compassion for others.