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Builder, Other Cos. Give STEM a Home At Boys & Girls Club

Employees of McCarthy Building Companies Inc. teamed recently with a group of consultants and subcontractors to give the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego what it needed most: a new STEM lab and outdoor garden area at its Ron Roberts Family Branch on East Jewett Street in San Diego’s Linda Vista area. The project entailed demolishing the old space and remodeling two rooms encompassing 1,372 square feet, plus a small room that has been converted to a robotics lab. Cuningham Group was the interior space planner and designer.

Danny Sherlock, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs, said the new STEM — short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — lab is critical to the development of our youth. The early adoption and hands-on training of STEM education will facilitate an easier transition to STEM-related fields of study in school or as a career option.

“We thank the McCarthy team and their partners in helping us fulfill our vision for this STEM Lab,” Sherlock said.

McCarthy, Cuningham Group and the project subcontractors donated all time and materials, valued at $187,410. UMEC handled plumbing, heating and air conditioning, with McCarthy and ValleyCrest Landscape digging outdoor trenches and doing the design and installation of landscaping and irrigation. Other businesses involved included Pecoraro, which handled the painting; Arrowwoods, casework; DOW Diversified, lab casework; DFS Flooring, carpet and vinyl resilient-type flooring; McCarthy, doors; and ISEC Inc., furniture.

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Noah Homes, a nonprofit supporting adults with developmental disabilities, hosted an inaugural BBQ & Brewfest raising more than $150,000 toward innovative care and services.

Local and state resources for this underserved population continue to face budgetary constraints due to rising utility costs and increasing minimum wage requirements. Now, new needs related to aging and end-of-life care that do not qualify for additional funding are forcing nonprofit organizations that support adults with developmental disabilities to contemplate closing their doors. With a waiting list of more than 200 people at Noah Homes alone, Molly Nocon, CEO of Noah Homes, is working to create a sustainable model of free care and services that can be replicated across California. Similar to the general population, adults with developmental disabilities are living longer and, for the first time, dealing with issues related to aging. Research states that almost all people with Down syndrome will develop dementia by the age of 60. Between generous donations, ticket sales and auction items, an additional $90,000 was raised and will support Noah Homes in sustainability and advocacy. For volunteer opportunities, or to make a donation, visit noahhomes.org.

The annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego Summer Games, the largest B&GC sporting event in the county, took place recently at Miramar College. More than 1,300 kids participated in the Olympic-style event that brings members from all over San Diego County to compete and celebrate fitness. Thanks go to event grand marshal Rick Willis of KUSI News for speaking to the children and opening the games. A special thank you goes to the U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton for providing the boot camp fitness area.

More than 100 medals were handed out during the event. The Clairemont and Encanto branches led the pack with 19 medals each. The Bronner Family Branch in Valley Center won the prestigious Summer Games Sportsmanship Award. The staff did another amazing job putting on this great event.

Send Kudos/Giving items to sglidden@sdbj.com.

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