MISSION & VISION
Thanks to your shared commitment to our mission and vision, we were able to empower the lives of over 8,174 youth and family members through our nationally accredited mental health and educational services. Thank you for helping us continue our legacy as San Diego’s oldest children’s nonprofit.
Protect the joy of childhood.
Inspire a world where
Prevent emotional suffering.
all children and families
live joyful and healthy lives.
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It has been another year of growth in our long history of uninterrupted service to the community. Through your continued partnership, coupled with the expertise from our over 365 culturally and trauma-informed team members, we were able to continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of many children, teens and families in our community. This past fiscal year, we empowered 8,174 youth and family members struggling with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges throughout the County. Individualized and family-centered therapeutic and educational plans were created and implemented by our trained experts to effectively meet the needs of the children and families we served. Building on our tradition of excellence in superior care, the Center is one of the few agencies in California to have all its therapeutic programs nationally accredited by The Joint Commission and its non-public school accredited by WASC. Today, we operate 8 program sites across the county and provide individualized therapeutic, educational, foster care and transition age services to over 1,000 people every day.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
As you read this year’s report, the stories and highlights speak to our tradition of proven impact and innovation. With an eye on the future, we are also working on laying the groundwork to create new programs to better serve the growing mental health needs of families and youth in our community. Thank you for your generosity and commitment toward helping our community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families lead joyful, healthy lives. We look forward to your continued support as we grow into the future. With Gratitude,
Moisés Barón, Ph.D. president & ceo
Gwynn Thomas chairman of the board of trustees
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Year in Review
One Center, 8 Programs, Hundreds of Homes, Schools and Communities, and Thousands of Youth and Families Served.
Here are some highlights from the past year... Successfully completed the Joint Commission reaccreditation process Negotiated with all Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) in the County to include Wraparound Services as an option for Special Education referrals Received Short-Term Residential Treatment Program license through the state department of behavioral health Completed the 2-year expansion of the Academy, the Center’s nonpublic K-12 school 2 I M P A C T R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 2 0 19
5-year WRAP contract was awarded, making the Center the sole provider of contracted wraparound services for the system involved youth (child welfare and probation) in San Diego Revitalized Serenity Residential Cottage Began the remodel of the Fergusson Residential Cottage Enhanced safety throughout the main campus with security cameras and privacy fencing
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Youth Served by Race/Ethnicity Ages 0-21
39% CAUCASIAN 24% HISPANIC 18% OTHER/MULTI-RACIAL 12% AFRICAN-AMERICAN 3% UNKNOWN 3% ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER
and family members were empowered
Youth Served by Gender Ages 0-21
45% Female 54% Male 1% Other
92% of youth
were discharged to a lower or same level of care after treatment
involvement during youth treatment
96% of youth
Over 50 college, graduate and post-graduate students from 15 programs participated in our professional training programs in the areas of psychology, counseling, special education and social work.
Our 8 Program Sites Carlsbad
San Marcos Escondido
avoided psychiatric hospitalization
21% of the
1,503 youth we served are foster youth
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Serra Mesa Linda Vista Main Campus
La Mesa El Cajon Spring Valley
The Power of the
Spoken Word T
oday more than ever our community needs to hear and understand the plight and suffering of the many youth and families in need of mental health care in our community. Through individualized and holistic therapeutic care, youth receiving services at the Center have an opportunity to express themselves through many outlets.
The “I am a Poet” program is offered to residential youth and can be a powerful tool for healing and individual growth. Their powerful words highlight their resilience while on their journey to healing and finding joy.
The One You had me think that you were the one I thought you would be proud to call me your son But now you want to leave me Put me in someone else’s hands You made me feel alone like a team without fans I had already been through so much hell And now you just want to put that aside and say, “oh well” It’s just not fair, I know I say it a lot But it’s true, it’s not just a thought in my head But you know I’ll fight to the end Because I’m here now in a room full of people I can now call friends – C ENTER YOU TH
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50 years of
Healing Hearts and Minds
“The Center is most grateful to Sundiata for his dedication to the Center and for the incredible impact he has had on the lives of so many youth and families in our community.” —M OIS ÉS BA RÓN, PH.D., PRESIDENT & CEO
Celebrating 50 years of Impact at the Center
undiata grew up surrounded by love and music in Poindexter Village, one of the first public housing projects in Columbus, Ohio. As a child, pots and pans were Sundiata’s drums, and he sang with his mother at home and in church. In 1969, he loaded up his red Firebird convertible and headed to San Diego. Although, for a split second, he thought of heading east to Woodstock. Boy, are we glad he decided otherwise! Within a few weeks, Sundiata landed at the San Diego Center for Children. He started as a group counselor and quickly began to incorporate music and art into some of the activities with the youth. Music and art are just some of the tools Sundiata has brought to the Center over the years. As the Director of the Sundiata Kata Music Center, he has developed strong, creative and therapeutic music programs to promote healing and mental wellness for thousands of our most troubled youth. “Using music as a therapeutic tool has validated everything I believed to be true about the power of music and the healing effect it has in changing the lives of these children struggling with significant mental health challenges.” said Sundiata. All of the programs that Sundiata has introduced to the Center have given youth the opportunity to learn different tools to help them navigate their pain and to build self-reliance and confidence. Many youth, now armed with courage and confidence, find themselves performing at many events throughout the community, demonstrating how the power of music can heal while bringing joy to themselves and others.
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One of the renowned programs created by Sundiata is the beloved “Blues Thursday”. It’s a day where the staff and youth take time out and head over to the Music Center, sing the blues away and come out feeling full of confidence and joy. “Blues Thursday” provides youth the opportunity to explore creative talents on an open mic stage surrounded by their peers in a comforting and loving environment even at a time when their lives may feel challenging and heavy. Thank you Sundiata for sharing your talents with so many youth over the years and healing countless hearts and minds throughout.
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With your support and the support of our community, we raised the muchneeded funds and awareness to create change in the lives of youth and families. 420 community members 3,263 volunteer hours
Caring organizations, community and civic groups, school clubs and local businesses have provided generous underwriting and volunteer resources for the children and families we serve to create JOY throughout our organization!
The Iris Auxiliary’s mission for almost 40 years has been to provide the “extras” that help the Center’s children and teens have the same experiences that other children enjoy. Iris donated over $20,000 to be used toward special activities and outings for Center youth as well as updating the beloved playground.
JoyMakers & Donation Drives Spring
• 100 Easter Baskets donated for youth • Volunteers helped to beautify our main campus • Volunteers from several businesses donated their time at the Academy Job Fair • Monthly family luncheons throughout the year
• Volunteers served as referees and donated prizes & equipment for Basketball Tournament • Volunteers helped in our Clark Garden • Summer fun activities were donated • Monthly birthday parties throughout the year
• Several companies collected and delivered school supplies • Donations of Halloween costumes and candy • Multiple organizations donated Thanksgiving baskets for our families • Monthly haircuts at our main campus
• 150 Donation Stations across San Diego collected over 5,000 toys, games and gift cards • 100 bikes donated in time for the holidays • 25 Christmas trees were donated and decorated FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT • Holiday parties for youth and families THESE OPPORTUNITIES AND TO • Volunteers helped sort and wrap holiday gifts
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Wacky Wonky Wonderland December 9, 2018
It was a wacky, fun time at our 3nd annual holiday festival and donation drive that brought over 300 community members together to celebrate the season of giving! Thanks to our amazing community, the event raised over $50,000 and the donation drive brought in over 5,000 toys, games and gift cards for youth and families served by the Center!
Kids Classic Golf Tournament
132nd Anniversary Celebration May 11, 2019
May 24, 2019
It was a beautiful day to golf for good! The 2nd Annual San Diego Gas & Electric Kids Classic to benefit the San Diego Center for Children held at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn was a great success raising over $160,000. A very special thank you to our champions at SDG&E, NV5, and all of the event sponsors for their continued commitment to our mission, which directly impacts our community every day!
Cherishing the Joys of Childhood A little rain didn’t scare anybody away for the Center’s 132nd Anniversary Celebration, Cherishing the Joys of Childhood! Linda and Mel Katz served as Honorary Chairs for this special event which was held in the restaurant at Humphrey’s on the Bay (thanks to the rain that evening) and raised over $400,000 for the critical programs and services at the Center. Over 300 guests were treated to musical performances from our youth choir as well as
Thank You to our generous event sponsors who helped us raise funds and awareness for our life-changing services: Ace Electric AV Builder Bank of America Calpine City National Bank County Board of Supervisors Dowling & Yahnke
HUB International Icon Utility Services JET Wealth Management LANtelligence Manpower McGriff Insurance Services Moss Adams
special poetry readings. The Center’s very own Sundiata Kata was honored as the recipient of the 2019 PATH Award for his 50 years of service and dedication to the Center and the youth in our care. The evening continued with a special jazz performance by Matt Savage.
RPS Monument San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians SDG&E Southwest Airlines Stiefel Behner Charitable Fund Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Umpqua Bank Union Bank Vespa Motorsport
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Financial Stability Expenses
Statement of Financial Position 6/30/2019
Total Net Assets
Total Liabilities & Net Assets
Statement of Activities for June 30, 2019
Revenue and Support Fees for services - county & school districts $
Fees for services - non-government
Total revenue and support
Revenue & Support
Change in net assets
Net assets beginning of year
Net assets end of year
Fee for services county and school districts
1% Other income
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Fee for services non-government
Leadership Team Board of Trustees
Gwynn Thomas, Chairman
Jodie Brokowski, Esq.
Vice President Hub International
General Counsel Children’s Specialists of San Diego
Paul Davis, Vice-Chairperson
Davis Leadership Consulting
Director, Alternative Funding Solutions Employee Benefits Division Barney & Barney, Marsh & McLennan Agency
Veronica Rubio, Treasurer Umpqua Bank Senior Vice President, Senior Private Wealth Advisor
Jackie Greulich, Secretary Student and Career Services Manager University of San Diego School of Business
Ann Garland, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling & MFT University of San Diego
Joseph Binning President MEPCor Inc.
Paula A. Cordeiro, Ph.D. Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and Education University of San Diego Department of Leadership Studies
Douglas Gundermann Vice President | Private Wealth Advisor U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management
Peter Kane Former San Diego Center for Children Board of Trustee Member Principal and Owner Kane HR Consulting
Susie Sides Former San Diego Center for Children Board of Trustee Member
Phyllis Snyder Active Community Leader Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund Rady Children’s Hospital
Senior Leadership Moisés Barón, Ph.D. President & CEO
Diana Landis Chief Finance Officer
Cheryl Rode, Ph.D. Vice President of Clinical Operations
Ervey Salinas Senior Director of Residential Programs
Pam Hansen, LCSW Senior Director of Specialty Clinical Programs
Misty Howard Director of Quality Assurance
President The ReadiGroup, Inc.
Community Leader & Civic Activist
James McElroy, M.Ed.
Richard Kintz, Esq.
Principal of San Diego Center for Children Academy
Speech and Language Pathologist, Retired
Patricia Riley Attorney at Law Marriage and Family Therapist
Meg Schneider Director of Advancement and Development for St. Martin of Tours Academy
Commissioner Arts and Culture Commission San Diego
DeAnne Steele Managing Director and Private Client and Institutional Advisor at Bank of America Private Bank
Moisés Barón, Ph.D.
Linda L. Katz
Partner Corporate Practice Group Sheppard Mullin (of counsel)
Angie Lasagna Vice President, Community Relations & Media Affairs Mission Federal Credit Union
Pamela Ross Director of Human Resources
Kristi S. Worley Director of Philanthropy
James Lauer Attorney at Law Referee Juvenile Court (retired)
Lidia S. Martinez Community Affairs & Grassroots Manager Southwest Airlines
Lynne Newman Former San Diego Center for Children Board of Trustee Member Former Kids Aid Auxiliary Member
President & CEO San Diego Center for Children
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3002 Armstrong Street San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 277-9550
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Funding for a portion of our programs provided by the County of San Diego