Monthly Archives: July 2010

Community Sustainability


The idea that a community can build its’ capacity and solve neighborhood issues is inherent to the Consensus Organizing Model. As Jennifer and Jen come to a close on their summer contract with Groundwork San Diego exciting progress is taking place. Partnerships with the Fire Station 12 on Imperial, our Green Team, and local seniors who cannot physically or monetarily cut back their overgrown plants have all had their needs (self interest) met; NASSCO and local residents have recently cleaned up the Earthlab; and elementary schools with emerging leadership will soon find benefit with Science education.  On August 7th, Groundwork will be at Church of God on 47th and Castana for their community outreach event to let the communities of Southcrest and Mountain View what we can all do together to improve the conditions around the creek.


Scholarship Notification


The Step-Up Program is entering its’ 11 year, and for the past three years we have been able to offer financial scholarships to Step-Up Alumni attending full-time at an accredited university. This has been made possible through the Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation. In three days, I will have the pleasure of making phone calls to students who otherwise would not be able to afford to go to college. For some, I am able to let them know that we will be able to cover their tuition, books, and on campus housing. It honestly is one of my favorite days at work! Scholarships are not the only ways that students can receive financial aid. We work with our high school seniors meticulously to search and identify funding that is a good fit for them. We find that this is a better use of their time and often they are more successful. MALDEF offers an array of opportunities along with the universities where the students will be/are attending. There are so many resources out there for students and we are proud to be one of them.

One Relationship

In Consensus Organizing, we believe one relationship can lead to every relationship you will need to work in a community. Because of that mentality all relationships are valued. Relationships create opportunity. For example, today a colleague sent a job opportunity that might be of interest to you (see below). Seek ways to meet residents, business owners, and other nonprofits in the community you are working in and get to know them; we have no doubt that you/an organization will be able to solidify that relationship at some point in your career.

Crisis Case Manager
Job Description
Position Title: Crisis Case Manager Organization: Jewish Family Service of San Diego Position Type: Full-time, non-exempt Standardized Benefits: Full and half time positions include a 401(k) plan, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, life insurance and generous holiday benefits. Position Overview The Crisis Case Manager will work with individuals and families seeking assistance with financial emergencies, lack of housing, food insufficiency, substance abuse issues, lack of medical or dental care, and/or legal concerns. Some of the caseload will also include individuals diagnosed with a mental illness. The Crisis Case Manager provides supportive intervention, financial assistance, advocacy, resource referral, and assistance with daily living and coping skills. The Case Manager will access appropriate services for each client with the goal of increasing each individual’s level of functioning. Additionally, the Case Manager will provide services to low income and/or homeless clients and families at the off-site JFS Hand Up Youth Food Pantry distribution every Thursday afternoon. Specific duties include: • Provide direct client contact, including supportive intervention and ongoing advocacy to clients in crisis at JFS sites and in the community at the weekly food distribution • Conduct comprehensive client assessments to best meet the needs of each client • Establish and maintain collaborative JFS and community relationships • Assist client in accessing appropriate community resources and benefits • Maintain thorough and timely client records Position Requirements • Bachelors degree in social service related field • Previous experience providing case management services • Knowledge of the Jewish community preferred • Computer literacy • Must be able to lift 25 lbs Additional Information The ideal candidate will have: • The capacity to form a professional case management relationship with clients • Extensive knowledge of appropriate resources and referrals in San Diego • Skill in crisis intervention procedures • Assessment and diagnostic skills • The ability to work independently • The ability to work effectively within a team • Strong written communications skills Contact Information Please email your resume and cover letter (with salary requirements) to Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please, principals only. Please, no phone calls or emails. About Jewish Family Service of San Diego Jewish Family Service is a comprehensive human service organization serving the entire San Diego community and Coachella Valley. The agency serves over 30,000 people annually and offers programs and services in the following areas: Adoption; Case Management; Counseling; Crisis Services; Family Violence; HIV; Jewish Connections; Refugee Resettlement; Older Adult/Senior Services; Parenting, Youth & School-based Services; and Training/Education. Discover why Jewish Family Service is One Source for a Lifetime of Help at
Position Requirements • Bachelors degree in social service related field • Previous experience providing case management services • Knowledge of the Jewish community preferred • Computer literacy • Must be able to lift 25 lbs

Grant Writing 101

Today, everyone is working on their own grant application for their programming. Needless to say, it is very quiet in the office! We are very aware (as everyone is) of how limited funding is in this economy. Last summer, we held a training for over 30 organizations and residents about how to utilize Consensus Organizing in your fundraising approaches. We are continuing to follow up with past participants to see how they utilized Consensus Organizing in their fundraising efforts. We hope they have been successful and are here for any technical assistance.

Today at the COC

 First off, welcome! We are up and blogging! Staff and supporters are welcome to use this site as a way to inform your projects in your communities, to learn and practice Consensus Organizing, and to get updates about what is going on at the Center. Thank you for your energy and we look forward to many fruitful ‘blogersations’.

 7/21/10   Today Jen Martinez and Jen Henry met with Leslie Reynolds at Groundwork San Diego to finalize their last two weeks in their contract for the summer. They are wrapping up loose ends so we will be able to pass valuable information to her staff and the fall 2010 Community Development intern from SDSU’s School of Social Work. They drove near Alpha and South 38th Street to look at different City owned parcels to see if the property was being kept up. Video to come!

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