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Solana Center Recognized For Food Waste Solutions

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Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, left, Solana Center Executive Director Jessica Toth, and San Diego Food System Alliance Director of Strategic Initiatives Barbara Hamilton with the EMIES UnWasted Food Award.

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, or the Solana Center, was recognized for the 2018 Distinguished Program, “EMIES UnWasted Food Award” by the San Diego Food System Alliance for its commitment to food waste diversion programs in San Diego County. Solana Center’s Executive Director Jessica Toth received the award recently at the alliance’s annual Food Waste Solution Summit. The EMIES UnWasted Food awards celebrate businesses, organizations, and institutions with exemplary practices around prevention and source reduction, food recovery and donation, feeding people, feeding animals, and composting and recycling.

Toth said: “Most notably, the center has worked with Dr. Bronner’s in Escondido and Kashi Co. in Solana Beach to conduct food waste assessments, lead workshops, and create on-site composting opportunities that reduce the waste sent to landfills. The Solana Center hosts as many as 1,850 community volunteer hours, trains up to 90 master composter ambassadors, and reaches 30,000 people a year. Visit solanacenter.org.

Krista King, a professional model, walks the runway with “recovery models” during Path’s 14th Annual “Strut for Sobriety” gala. Photo courtesy of the Parents for
Addiction Treatment and Healing

Walking the Walk for Addiction Treatment

A New Path’s (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) 14th Annual “Strut for Sobriety!” was held recently at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. More than 350 people attended the event. It was a celebration of recovery from addictive illness and co-chaired by Liz Crocker and Colleen Ruis Ince, with a theatrical fashion show by Gretchen Productions. Emcees television personalities Geni Cavitt and Rory Devine presented PATH to Recovery awards to Susan Burton, Diane Goldstein and Dr. Igor Grant for their work in reducing the stigma associated with substance use disorders. Radio personality, Joe Bauer raised funds during a live auction. The event raised more $50,000 to further the mission of A New PATH to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders in order to increase access to quality treatment services, and to further their “Ask Mom How to Save a Life” overdose prevention work.

Addictive illness is a public health problem that affects millions of Americans, regardless of age, cultural background, race or profession. PATH’s goal is to save lives, heal families and move toward a healthier society. Visit anewpath.org.

Jeanne McAlister

CEO Is Model for Both Sobriety and Service

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Jeanne McAlister, the 86-year-old CEO of McAlister Institute is currently celebrating 61 years of sobriety, remaining one of recovery’s strongest advocates — educating and inspiring all those who meet her. In 1977, she opened McAlister Institute’s doors and since has helped tens of thousands men, women, and teens successfully regain their lives. Today, she is a role model for all who know her. 

McAlister Institute is a nonprofit organization 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 inability to pay. McAlister Institute was among the first five organizations in the nation and the first in San Diego County to develop Kiva Learning Center for Women and Children, a residential program to allow women to live with their children in a safe, instructive, and supportive environment while they receive treatment.

Healthcare District Backs Burn Institute’s Programs

The Grossmont Healthcare District is continuing its support of the Burn Institute, a nonprofit health agency dedicated to supporting burn survivors and reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego County. The GHD board recently approved a $34,000 grant to support the Burn Institute’s community-based fire and burn-prevention education program for elementary school students, as well as support services for burn survivors.

The funds will support programs and services for more than 13,000 East Region residents over the year next with a special emphasis on children, seniors, Latino and low-to-moderate income populations, according to Susan Day, Burn Institute’s executive director.

Among the Burn Institute programs benefiting from GHD funds: Camp Beyond the Scars, Living With Wildfire, Fire Safe Kids, Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace, and free smoke alarm detectors for seniors who own their homes.

Michael Emerson, GHD board president said: “The Burn Institute reaches more than 200,000 community members and burn survivors each year. Our goal is to offer fire and burn prevention that will reduce the number of burn injuries and death.” Visit burninstitute.org.

Kudos Worthy Mentions:

Maritime Museum of San Diego announced that the PCF 816 (patrol craft fast) is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and California Historical Resources. This honor includes PCF 816 Swift Boat in the official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation … Community HousingWorks celebrates the opening of the $100 million sustainable community, a 201-unit Paradise Creek complex in National City in its historic Westside neighborhood.


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