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  • Building for Self-Sufficiency Campaign

    $3 M $4.5 M

    A Quarterly Publication of The Arc of San DiegoSummer 2016

    Investing in Our FutureOn April 6, 2016, The Arc of San Diego hosted a cocktail reception at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista to share information, celebrate success, and thank donors for contributions to the Building for Self-Sufficiency Capital Campaign. Approximately 60 guests attended the event. Honorary Co-Chairs, Hon. Greg and Cheryl Cox, Campaign Co-Chair Ed Walton, President & CEO David Schneider, and parent Yrma Nixon spoke of the importance of expanding the centers work in a modern facility and the impact of programs on the lives of adults with disabilities.

    So far, we have raised $3.3 million towards our goal of $4.5 million.

    Construction to repair, refurbish, and renovate The Sol and Ruth Gerber Family Center (formerly Starlight Center) is progressing on schedule. The kitchen, dining room, computer resource lab, conference room, eight classrooms, two meeting rooms, four bathrooms, Star Store, and the new community room is complete. Everything is brand new and beautiful!

    On completion, The Sol and Ruth Gerber Family Center will be a customized 30,000 square foot renovated facility where approximately 250 adults with disabilities receive a wide range of vital services contributing to their health, well-being, and quality of life.

    We invite you to support the exciting Building for Self-Sufficiency Capital Campaign. There are many levels of giving and several naming opportunities where you can honor your family name for generations to come. For information, please call Jennifer Bates Navarra, Vice President of Marketing & Development, at (619) 685-1175, ext. 291 or email

    Neighborhood Reinvestment ProgramThe Arc of San Diego received $100,000 from the County of San Diegos Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, as recommended by Supervisor Greg Cox. This funding will support The Sol and Ruth Gerber Family Center in Chula Vista.

    The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program provides grant funds to county departments, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations for one-time community, social, environmental, educational, cultural or recreational needs, with a high priority for capital projects.

    Support from the County of San Diego is a tremendous asset as we move forward with our long-term plans to increase our capacity to serve, said David Schneider, President & CEO of The Arc of San Diego. We are grateful for this assistance which will help us meet the critical need of rebuilding the center.

    Capital Campaign Honorary Committee Co-Chairs: Hon. Greg & Cheryl Cox

    Members: Chief David Bejarano, Martha Brault, Gary Bryant, Dr. Thomas E. and Lu Bucknell, Dr. Donald and Joan Dolgas, Susan J. Fuller, John H. and Phyllis D. Parrish, Dr. Peter and Ginger Rullan, Rich and Gaby Sulpizio, Dr. Charles and Trudy Umansky, Sandra and Bud Wilson

    Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chairs: James O. Reynolds, Edward C. Walton, Esq.

    Members: Ron Blair, Martha Brault, Susan J. Fuller, Tom Harmon, Norma Hidalgo-Del Rio, RPh, Graciela Montes de Oca, Yrma Nixon, Bill Waite, Sandra Wilson

    $3M $4.5M

    Hon. Supervisor Greg Cox and wife, former Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. Sara Montes de Oca, Graciela Montes de Oca, and Gay Grossman.

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    We would like to acknowledge two community champion

    couples who have gone beyond what could be expected to make a difference and improve the quality of life in their community.

    The Arc of San Diegos premier fundraiser, The Jewels of San Diego Gala, originated in 2010 with the philanthropic generosity of Phyllis and John Parrish. Longtime supporters, they have put together an incredible lineup of Honorary Jewels Chairs and assisted with securing generous sponsorships. This year, the signature gala raised more than $80,000 after expenses. A special thank you to The Jewels of San Diego and Phyllis and John Parrish for a spectacular event.

    Few rites of passage are more treasured than the high school prom. Rob and Cheryl Shields, founders of A Night to Remember Prom, were inspired to organize a San Diego prom for high school students with developmental disabilities after learning of a similar event in Rockford, Illinois.

    Since 2011, they have raised funds to annually host a total prom experience at no cost to participants. This year, there were more than 800 students in attendance! Rob and Cheryl received a True Inspiration Award from Chick-fil-A Foundation in recognition of their work. At The Arc of San Diego, we are proud to be the fiscal sponsor for A Night to Remember Prom.

    David W. SchneiderPresident & CEO

    Presidents Message Board of Directors

    The Arc of San Diego

    OfficersDoug Hoehn, Board ChairNancy Eakin, 1st Vice ChairJerry Wechsler, Secretary/TreasurerGerald W. Hansen, P.E., Past Board Chair

    Members-At-LargeJohn AlexanderRobert Bob GuthrieGregg Shallan, MBA, ChFCRobert ShieldsDwight Stratton

    Chapter RepresentativesTy Rogers, City ChapterArlene Moreau, East County ChapterJulie Lyon, North County ChapterWilliam Evans, North Shores ChapterSusan J. Fuller, South Bay Chapter

    Arc San Diego Foundation

    OfficersPaul La Bounty, CEBS ChairpersonGlenn Chapin 1st Vice ChairpersonMike Lichtenberger, CPA Secretary / TreasurerJames O. Reynolds Past Chairperson

    DirectorsRonald BlairNorma Hidalgo-Del Rio, RPhDoug HoehnAndrew J. Kessler, Esq.Jon KurtinDonald Molloy, JDEdward C. Walton, Esq.

    EmeritusRobert L. BeckettClair Burgener (deceased)Jerry Coleman (deceased)Darla DavisHonorable John S. EinhornWillis J. Fletcher (deceased)Arthur Neumann, CPAGeorge SaadehSidney Schuman

    Remembering.Jewell Delores Hooper May 4, 1919 - April 12, 2016We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jewell D. Hooper, one of our dedicated supporters. Jewell served on our Board of Directors as well as the Advisory Board for City Chapter. In 2010 she received The Arcs highest honor, The Frank B. Lalor Volunteer of the Year Award, for outstanding service.

    Born in Morrilton, Arkansas, Ms. Hooper moved to San Diego in 1957. A retired accountant and community activist, she was widely known for her devotion to many civic and charitable causes.

    Jewell was a member of the League of Women Voters, taught driver safety classes to seniors through AARP for 20 years, served on the Police Departments Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), and volunteered at the Fourth District Seniors Resource Center and Tubman-Chavez Multicultural Family & Youth Center.

    Active on planning groups for Southeast San Diego, Broadway Heights, and Valencia Park, Jewell was involved in the preservation of the Barrio Logan murals, construction of I-805 ramps from Southeast San Diego neighborhoods, and blocking dense apartment housing in Broadway Heights. Her proudest achievement was a 10-year fight to successfully block the Highway 252 project, which would have split the Southcrest neighborhood and uprooted many families.

    In 2014, Jewell received San Diego's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award for her public service, for leadership in community development, voter registration, political activism, and senior education.

    Keeping The PromiseAfter three years of advocacy by The Arc of San Diego, The Lanterman Coalition, and other service providers, Governor Jerry Brown signed ABX2-1 appropriating more than $300 million in additional funding for the developmental disability population.

    As of July 1, 2016, ABX2-1 will provide for two types of increases in funding between Regional Centers and most service providers - 5 percent for supported and independent living, transportation, and in-home respite services for people with developmental disabilities and 7.5 percent for direct care staff wages/benefits and administration of services.

    The Arc of San Diego consumers, families, staff, and providers actively participated in letter writing campaigns and held three protest rallies outside legislators downtown offices to challenge the state budget and ensure basic needs of Californians with developmental disabilities were met. Californias disability community has struggled with underfunding since 1999.

    Assemblymember Brian Maienschein of the 77th District was one of five lead authors of ABX2-1 which passed with bipartisan support. We thank Assemblymember Maienschein, who since taking office in 2012 has made improving conditions for our community a priority, carrying legislation and supporting an increase in funding through the budget process.

  • Thank You to Our Donors


    March 16 through June 30, 2016 The Arc of San Diego greatly appreciates the assistance we receive to help us enhance the services we provide to children and adults with disabilities. We are grateful for your support and commitment to improving their quality of life. Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters!

    GrantsThank you to the County of San Diego as recommended by Supervisor Greg Cox for a grant from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program for the renovation of The Sol and Ruth Gerber Family Center.

    We are grateful for a grant from the Genuardi Family Foundation for general support of The Arc of San Diego.

    Thank you to Las Primeras for their grant to our Parent/Infant Program.

    Capital Campaign Many thanks to the following donors for their generous support of our capital campaign:

    Jennifer AdamsDr. Judy AdamsRaquel Arce-De VasquezRobert L. Beckett, Esq.Gilbert, Edith, &

    Danny BenavidezBrad BenterErnestine BentleyMike & Kathy BraultMartha BraultMitch & Merle BrodieSharon CarterStephen ChinJesse & Rhonda

    ChristensenChula Vista Sunrise

    Rotary ClubClassic Car ClubBob


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