A Debt of Gratitude from Community Through Hope

When Community Through Hope opened its doors in 2018 it was with the focus to support the unsheltered homeless population throughout the South Bay. But between panic shopping and inflation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Community Through Hope was forced to pivot from a focus that provided trauma-informed services to the unsheltered population to distributing nutrition to those facing food insecurity.Those most vulnerable to this health crisis was the senior demographic, the majority of whom were homebound during quarantine. While Community Through Hope saw the need, we needed a community champion to fill it. For us that has been the Community Development Congregational Development, which we are honored to recognize.Laurie Orange, the director and corporate secretary at CCDC, as well as a member of executive committee, worked directly with Community Through Hope during this time of enormous need when we asked for help in bringing nutrition to senior’s homes through the program Senior Nutrition on Wheels, funded entirely by the organization.“I don’t think it’s too grand to say it may have kept people alive,” Orange said. “Community Through Hope brought nutrition and other supplies directly to seniors. In a number of circumstances, it may have been the only social contact these people had during this time, filling a physical and emotional need.”While Community Through Hope is grateful for the opportunity to have filled this critical gap as a food emergency agency for more than two years, moving forward our organization has readjusted to addressing the unsheltered crisis and emergencies at the street level.
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CCDC in SD Union Tribune: Chula Vista seniors can access new homelessness prevention program thanks to $350,000 grant

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Chula Vista seniors can access new homelessness prevention program thanks to $350,000 grant

Laurie Orange of Community Congregational Development Corporation speaks during a press conference at Norman Park Senior Center in Chula Vista on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. The nonprofit CCDC funded the construction. (Kristian Carreon/For The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Serving Seniors will be helping older adults remain in their home from new program, funded by the the Community Congregational Development Corporation


NOV. 26, 2022 5 AM PT

Serving Seniors has received $350,000 from the Community Congregational Development Corp. to fund a new homelessness prevention program in Chula Vista.

The Senior Homelessness Prevention Program, which is funded through 2023, is one of the first such programs in San Diego County. It provides limited financial support and case management services to low-income older adults in South Bay at risk of becoming homeless.

Serving Seniors is now providing two years of rental subsidy support to 21 clients, age 63 through 82, but the organization will soon increase the number of older adults enrolled in the program to 27. The nonprofit is also distributing meals to eight of the clients and helping seniors enrolled in it to access other important support resources.

Paul Downey, Serving Seniors CEO and president, said the goal of this new program is to not only help the seniors involved with it, but to prove that shallow rent subsidies can prevent homelessness.

According to Serving Seniors, a quarter of San Diego’s homeless adults are age 55 and older — and more than 40 percent of that sector is experiencing homelessness for the first time.

During the nonprofit’s needs assessment — which was published in September 2021 — 56 percent of older adults interviewed for the study reported that an additional $300 a month or less would make a difference between whether they would become homeless.

The study also found that in order to afford rent, 34 percent of seniors who had experienced homelessness had sold personal items or medication, 45 percent had gone without food or medication and 23 percent had passed on medical care.

“The biggest impact I think is going to be peace of mind for these folks, knowing that they are safe and secure, and won’t lose their housing, at least for two years,” Downey said. “They’ll actually be able to sleep at night and not worry that each month when the rent check is due, that they might not be able to pay it or be on their way to experiencing homelessness.”

Ultimately, Downey said, preventing homelessness is much easier and cheaper than helping someone who has already become unhoused to find a new home. He said estimates show it costs between $35,000 and $50,000 a year to support someone who is unhoused when factoring in the cost of fire department and paramedic calls, hospital visits and the criminal justice system.

CCDC Director and Corporate Secretary Laurie Orange said selecting Serving Seniors for this grant was another way it could support older adults living in the South Bay. CCDC has also funded programs for legal aid for seniors, helped Meals on Wheels purchase a new food delivery van and provide meals and rental assistance through Casa Familiar.

In distributing money for the homelessness prevention effort, Orange said it will allow Serving Seniors to increase its presence and program offerings in and around Chula Vista.

“Serving Seniors is a local institution that has done wonderful work over a number of years; however, it doesn’t have a lot of presence in the South Bay,” she said. “CCDC is trying its best to woo new nonprofits and new services to the South Bay.”

For more information about Serving Seniors or to get connected to its programming, call (619) 235-6572, email info@servingseniors.org or visit servingseniors.org.

Kudos to CCDC from Councilmember Jill Galvez

Kudos from Councilmember Jill Galvez – Sept 2022

Community Congregational Development Corporation for reaching $6M in grants to benefit seniors in Chula Vista and the South Bay. Special thank you to board member Laurie Orange. Some of the tremendous projects and programs supported by the CCDC include the Chula Vista Community Shuttle, grants for the Norman Park Senior Center, Chula Vista Walks, Loving You Through It, Serving Seniors, Community Through Hope, Legal Aid for Justice for South Bay Seniors program, St. Paul’s Senior Services, MAAC, Casa Familiar, and Meals-On-Wheels. Click here to read the Star News story. Click here to learn more about the CCDC’s grants for senior programs and services.

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Chula Vista Today: Nonprofit surpasses $6 million in grants to support seniors in Southbay community

A local nonprofit has officially distributed up to half a dozen million dollars to South Bay and Chula Vista senior residents. 

The Community Congregational Development Corporation announced Thursday at Norman Park Senior Center, that it would award $160,000 in financial assistance to Legal Aid for Justice for South Bay Seniors, putting them over the $6 million mark in grant distribution to nonprofit organizations and federal agencies. 

The grant will also build a pickle-ball area for seniors to play in by the end of the year, or early next year at the latest. 

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Pamela’s Story: A New Beginning

“I have nowhere to go.”

These were the words that crossed Pamela’s mind after she was laid off from her bus driver job at the airport due to COVID. This job was not only her routine the last few years, but her safety net and her source of a stable income.

Keeping her head high, Pamela did everything she could to stay on her feet and out of homelessness. While relying on unemployment and struggling to get by, she connected with Serving Seniors’ Transitional Housing Team and moved into Potiker Family Senior Residence.

Since living here, Pamela’s life has changed for the better and she has been able to receive critical support from Serving Seniors at a time when she was in desperate need. When Pamela’s car was recently ticketed and her car registration came up for renewal, she was worried she’d lose her housing.

Through our Senior Emergency Assistance Fund, Pamela was able to pay her parking fines, car registration, and was still able to make her rent payments. 

“Without Serving Seniors, I’d be on the streets,” Pamela said. “I’m now calm… I know if I need help, they will help me.”

Today, Pamela is back working at the airport. She gets healthy meals in the dining room and participates in the activities at Serving Seniors’ Potiker Family Senior Residence.

Thanks to your support, Pamela was able to use the Senior Emergency Assistance Fund when she was in crisis.

“I finally feel safe, Pamela said. “I don’t feel alone, which I never expected.”

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St. Paul’s Senior Services Receives $500,000 donation from the Community Congregational Development Corporation

** The donation will go towards renovations to St. Paul’s Manor, an affordable, independent living community in Bankers Hill**

San Diego, Calif. (May 11, 2022) – St. Paul’s Senior Services (SPSS) receives a $500,000 donation from the Community Congregational Development Corporation (CCDC) for much-needed renovations to St. Paul’s Manor, an independent living community in Bankers Hill, supporting seniors of modest means for over 60 years. This donation is part of a $17.5 million capital campaign. 

“St. Paul’s Senior Services is extremely grateful to the CCDC for such a generous gift,” said Todd Kaprielian, St. Paul’s Foundation CEO. “Having lived through the stresses of this pandemic over the last couple of years, seniors should not have to struggle to find affordable housing. CCDC’s generous gift helps to ensure seniors living on a limited, modest income will continue to have affordable housing and a fun, vibrant community available to them.”

CCDC is a non-profit corporation with a mission of providing services to low-income seniors in Chula Vista and the South Bay area of San Diego County. It began in the 1970s with the construction and maintenance of the Community Congregational Tower in Chula Vista, a landmark residential building that served as affordable housing for seniors. In 2013, CCDC sold a controlling interest in the Tower and since then has dedicated itself to funding projects that help low-income seniors with affordable housing, transportation, and social isolation. 

During the start of the pandemic, CCDC awarded St. Paul’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Akaloa in Chula Vista a responsive grant to purchase a 20-foot food storage container and puzzle books. This donation ensured low-income seniors would continue to receive nutritious foods when seniors were instructed to shelter in place. In 2020, CCDC also gave funds to St. Paul’s to purchase PPE and COVID-19 test kits.

In 2021, St. Paul’s embarked upon a fundraising campaign for much-needed renovations to the Manor, its affordable living community in the Bankers Hill neighborhood of downtown San Diego for independent seniors living on a modest, fixed income. As a 60-year-old building, St. Paul’s Board of Directors decided to renovate the Manor to give seniors an affordable housing option. The renovations’ scope of work includes enhancements to the building exterior, a new pub, expanded common areas, and upgrades to 134 apartments and the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

The Manor renovation work will commence in the summer 2022. The Manor is the flagship of St. Paul’s Senior Services, a community that has given quality of life to thousands of independent seniors since it first opened in 1963. To donate, contact Craig Smith at (619) 239-6900 or csmith@stpaulseniors.org

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CCDC in San Diego Business Journal

St. Paul’s Senior Services has received a $500,000 donation from Community Congregational Development Corp (CDCC) that will help fund renovations to St. Paul’s Manor, an independent living community in Banker’s Hill. This donation gives a big boost to St. Paul’s $17.5 million capital campaign, said Todd Kaprielian, St. Paul’s Foundation CEO.

“CCDC’s generous gift helps to ensure seniors living on a limited, modest income will continue to have affordable housing,” Kaprielian said.

CCDC, a nonprofit that serves low-income seniors in Chula Vista and the South Bay, began in the 1970s with the Community Congregational Tower in Chula Vista, a landmark residential building that served as affordable housing for area seniors. The nonprofit sold a controlling interest in the Tower in 2013 and has since funded projects that help low-income seniors with affordable housing, transportation and social isolation.

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