The project was lauded by officials in Sacramento and Washington D.C. as one of the greatest multijurisdictional collaborative efforts ever developed around solving family homelessness. Recognizing that there was plenty of access to temporary solutions through emergency winter shelters and feeding programs, this communitywide initiative developed an integrated and comprehensive access around permanent solutions using a new model called the Solutions University. Vista Mayor Morris Vance’s leadership was instrumental in bringing the public and private sectors together around a common vision of solving family homelessness for kids and communities. Says Mayor Vance; “the programs provided by Solutions for Change transforms people’s lives. It is something to us here in our community that is very special, in that it provides long term solutions.”
Sarah Nichelson isn’t your average every day banker. Sarah describes how the principles of North Island Credit Union and Solutions for Change came together around the common goal of making a healthier community around the idea of “giving back”. Solutions for Change is an organization that equips those that it helps, the actual residents of their programs, to get out in the community and give back to help others. As an example, when Katrina hit, the residents of the Solutions programs organized a community wide project, engaged more residents of other shelters and collected over $20,000 which then went to relief efforts to aid the Katrina victims. Says Sarah; “I don’t think that in all my years of banking have I ever been so connected to a nonprofit that changes lives like that of Solutions for Change.”
It is simply one of the greatest projects I've seen, and I've spent 40 years in government." Every community in America has a Vern Soderstrom. Vern served 40 years in the public sector, and as a longtime Rotarian he remains active in his Vista community still serving and helping others.
Follow along with us On Point in one of the toughest social battles facing America today: family homelessness. For 25 years we have been in the social trenches battling the impacts of homelessness on people and communities. In the community of North San Diego California, population one million, an imperative to solve family homelessness is gaining huge momentum and spreading. Thousands of people have joined together around a vision, a social enterprise model and a plan that gets to the root and solves the problem, permanently. Join us here through these blogs to learn and feel what one community in America is doing to defeat the impacts of homelessness on kids and communities. It's the next best thing to being here yourself!
Web Documentary - We Are Winning. One Community in America Solving Family Homelessness
Learn About Solutions for Change
Finding Our Way Home Initiative To Solve Family Homelessness