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CDCC Minutes, February 9, 2005

Call to Order:

Chairperson Jaramillo called the meeting to order at 6:38 PM.

  1. Roll Call

    Members Present:

    Barbara Bambrook
    Jo Ann Brannock, Ph.D.
    Robert Elliott
    Judy Givens
    Kitty Jaramillo
    Denise Jensen-Purser
    Barbara J. Leon

    Staff Present:

    Linda R. Morad, Housing Programs Supervisor
    Guillermina Torrico, Clerical Assistant III

  2. 2005-06 Non-Profit Presentations

    Chairperson Jaramillo welcomed the non-profit agencies and asked that they please introduce themselves before beginning their presentation. She explained that the presentation should be limited to ten minutes, with five-minute presentations on their proposal and the additional five minutes allotted for a question/answer session with the Committee.

    PRESENTATIONS began at 6:38PM

    Applicant: STOP GAP

    Project: INTERACTIVE TOURING PRESENTATIONS FOR SENIORS

    Presenting for STOPGAP was Nadia Babayi, Director of Development. Ms. Babayi said they provide sessions of drama therapy and are grateful for the partnership they have had with City of Fullerton for four years. Through the CDBG grants they are able to provide programs to seniors at senior centers throughout Fullerton. They currently serve 250 seniors with interactive touring plays.

    She provided the names and descriptions of programs to be delivered in Fullerton as follows:

    • Life Journeys Offer reflections of a lifetime;
    • You Dont Understand - Creating possibility of inter-generational discussions and sharing;
    • Surprised- Exploring w/humor i.e. pressure-type situations, i.e. salesmen
    • Big C Little C - Exploring the challenges of suspecting illnesses in seniors; and
    • Every Part of Me Coping with the emotional issues related to breast cancer.

    She stated that these 5 programs will be delivered to adult day care, senior centers, nursing homes, and rehabilitation institutions in Fullerton. The requested $6,000 in funding would allow STOP-GAP to deliver 10 interactive plays.

    Q: Committee Member Bambrook asked if all 10 play performances would be delivered in Fullerton.

    A: Ms. Babayi responded by saying that although their goal is to go to all of Orange County and Southern California, the 10 plays that will be funded with City of Fullerton CDBG funds will all be performed in the City of Fullerton.

    Q: Chairperson Jaramillo spoke about not truly understanding the agencies performances until attending one. She described performances as very interesting in that you see how the seniors interact and reflect on their lives. Committee Member Jensen-Purser added that the performances are impressive and asked about their teenage programs and whether they have any upcoming ones in Fullerton.

    A: Ms. Babayi said that 75% of work is with 300 schools, most of which are low income. These are alternative schools targeting at-risk youth. She said that all plays are interactive and encourage role playing. The actors play the person in trouble and the audience is placed in the position of empowerment. Ms. Babayi said that once a schedule is published she would forward it over to Ms. Morad so that she could share it with the CDCC.

    Applicant: MEALS ON WHEELS (MOW)

    Project: HOME DELIVERED MEALS

    Presenting for Meals on Wheels was Sandra White, President of the Volunteer Board of Directors. Ms White stated that MOWs mission is to deliver meals to the homebound and has been for 30 years. They serve 90 clients each day. They are currently serving 93 per day of which 85% are elderly and frail and 14 are 39-59 years of age with a variety of physical and mental illness.

    She stated that their organization is run by a volunteer board and two employees. They staff a scheduler to coordinate the 300+ volunteers to deliver 14 meals each day so that 86-95 clients can be served. The seven routes are throughout Fullerton and two serve hospitals/senior centers.

    Volunteers deliver meals Monday through Friday and deliver two meals a day to each client: Hot meal for lunchtime and cold meal for evening. They serve approximately 3,600 meals a month or 43,000 meals per year.

    As far as food preparation, Ms. White commented that since they have St. Jude and Morningside to provide for two routes each, this makes Fullerton MOW unique. Fullerton MOW can provide special diets to their clients. They can provide food for dialysis, cardiac, diabetics, and soft/liquid diets. This is an aspect that not all MOW programs can provide. For their low-income seniors the Foundation Kitchen provides food preparation for two additional routes.

    Ms. White mentioned that they have a volunteer coordinator who schedules all of the volunteers and prints out schedules every month and routes clients block-by-block so that volunteers can deliver meals more efficiently. She also provides office management for MOW. She explained that funding will also pay for their Case Worker salary. This Case Worker conducts initial visits to assess difficulties and follow up with clients. She reiterated that volunteers are MOWs eyes and ears and feed information in to this Case Worker. The Case Worker also communicates with clients families or neighbors; for those that do not have families she help refers them to other programs that they might need.

    She reported that MOWs funding comes from private and corporate entities. MOW also staffs a Grant Writer and they are always writing letters to request donations. She shared that the Charity League Chapter provides annual monetary support and renewable volunteers. Ms. White explained that half of the clients receive assistance for cost of their meals and MOW is asking for $31,000 to partly pay for cost of meals and partly pay to employ the two employs mentioned earlier in this presentation.

    Q&A:

    Q: Committee Member Brannock asked why there were 15 volunteers representing 12 clients per day and if some clients pay the full amount.

    A: Ms. White clarified that they have seven routes per day. Fourteen volunteers come in each day and for the most part, two of these volunteers will go on each of these routes. Ms. White explained that it makes it easier with two volunteers so that one drives and the other one gives out directions from the route book. They can also help each other lifting food, etc.

    Ms. White said that some clients are actually quite proud and do not want the help. They feel better about paying for their own meals. The funding is being requested for those who cannot pay.

    Q: Committee Member Bambrook spoke of the value this programs consistency brings to their clients with every day service.

    Committee Member Elliott said he thinks it is so important because they have daily contact with the elderly.

    A: Ms. White said that it has been a real privilege to be involved with this organization and this is one of the main reasons for her involvement. She hopes and feels that many who volunteer also hope that when and if they need it, the program will still be there.

    Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser asked Ms. White how MOW will be affected with the proposed CDBG fund cuts.

    A: Ms. White said that it will be hard to see, but for this reason, MOW spends great effort into seeking a variety of funding sources. She said that they hope not to have to reduce the size of the program.

    Applicant: ORANGE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION (OCBF)

    Project: STOP SHORT OF ADDICTION

    Presenting for OCBF was Brent Barcellona with the Juvenile Diversion Program. Mr. Barcellona distributed statistics to the Committee, thanked the Committee for funding, and presented request for $5,000 to support Fullerton residents that go through their program.

    He spoke about their high success rate in not having kids going through their program recidivate and the likelihood that they will not get into trouble with the law again. He said that specifically for Fullerton, the monies that are allocated into the agency help provide more Case Management for Fullerton families. It helps with clinical assessment, thorough intakes, any issues requiring counseling services, as OCBF does collaborate with Communities United For Fullerton Safety (CUFFs).

    Mr. Barcellona stated that as a Case Manager, he sits on the CUFFS board from which they receive quite a bit of referrals. He acknowledged that CUFFS has been very supportive and OCBF would really like to offer more in-depth services to Fullerton families. He said that through this Juvenile Diversion Program, OCBF can link these families with resources in their own communities, i.e. B&G club, local high school district, etc. OCBFs goal is to always try to refer back to the community for easier access to service.

    He reported that their STOP Short of Addiction Spanish program has been successful in serving the families that come in for assistance. This program has family therapy sessions as a component of the program and is integrated into the Juvenile Diversion Program.

    Mr. Barcellona relayed that OCBF has been quite involved in evaluation and measurement and the statistics do validate the improvement in youths lives after successful completion of the Juvenile Diversion Program. He reported that their statistics, evaluation, and measurement data is available to them in raw form and confirm the following positive results:

    - Individuals rate that they have overall improvements

    - Family situations have improved

    - Communication has improved

    - Use of drugs/alcohol has significantly decreased or been eliminated entirely

    He concluded by mentioning that OCBF also evaluates the parents and the school performance.

    Q&A:

    Q: Committee Member Elliott asked about the reference to the City of Orange Police Department.

    A: Mr. Barcellona said OCBF has a special contract with the Orange Police Department to work with them specifically with first-time offenders. The Orange Police Department offers OCBF as an alternative to incarceration. Mr. Barcellona said that this agency as well as High Schools and the CUFFS collaborative use their program when a youth is charged with possession. They refer to OCBF for the simulation and the program vs. proceeding with prosecution.

    Applicant: ORANGETHORPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

    Project: ORANGETHORPE LEARNING CENTER (OLC)

    Presenting for Orangethorpe United Methodist Church was Charles W. Carey. Mr. Carey said that instead of giving a presentation or speaking about the program he felt that having parents and students speak would be more effective and would give the committee a better understanding on how the program works.

    Mr. Carey presented the following three testimonials:

    - Aracely Juarez: She spoke about enjoying her three-year experience at OLC where she receives help with her homework. She reported that due to this help she is now getting all As in school.

    - Jessica: She said that she first started coming to OLC seven years ago. When Jessica first started attending during her kindergarten year, she said the teachers plans were to have her repeat kindergarten. However, after attending OLC she did not repeat the grade and is now doing very well in school.

    - Christina: Mr. Carey delivered her written testimonial explaining that she had spoken the previous two years but tonight was attending college level classes at Fullerton College.

    Christina has attended OLC for ten years and is still attending so that she can serve kids in her local neighborhood. She expressed the good fortune of having a neighbor introduce OLC into her life ten years ago. The OLC has been a part of her school life since her Romanian parents did not speak English and only spoke sign language since both are deaf. She said that English was her toughest subject as is now the case with many kids in the neighborhood whose parents only speak Spanish. She described the OLC as a safe place to go after school for homework assistance. After graduating 6th grade she continued to come back to pay back for the time and for the people who have tutored her. Mr. Carey concluded by saying that Christina is now a senior at Fullerton High school with a 3.8 GPA. She has taken enough college courses so that she will only need to go for one year before she can transfer as an upper division student to California State University Fullerton.

    - Margaretta: Mr. Carey also delivered Margarettas (Christinas mother) testimonial. Margaretta said that her daughter started going to OLC the 2nd day that it opened. She said that her daughter was always interested in getting homework done and she did not know how to help her. She reported that after so many years, her daughter has improved tremendously. She credited OLC with helping her create good work study habits. She said her daughter does not have problems with academic study because she was prepared at OLC. She shared that it has been nice to see her daughter and the kids attending OLC grow up. She spoke about OLC as a wonderful place to go do homework and keep kids away from problems that are around the neighborhood.

    Mr. Carey concluded her testimonial by saying that Margaretta is an active board member and regular volunteer.

    Mr. Carey finished his presentation by saying that they are very proud that students that have gone through their program are now excelling in school and have successfully involved parents to help OLC operate and keep it going.

    Q&A:

    Q: Committee Member Brannock asked Mr. Carey if the purpose stated in the application could be changed over since the purpose of the agency is not to teach religion but to provide after-school assistance with homework.

    A: Mr. Carey was not sure what was being referenced. He stated that the organization is in fact sponsored by two local churches but their emphasis is learning and teaching children. He said that they do not teach religion at OLC or ask for the religion to be identified. Purpose could be stated: To help children with homework and to help children achieve better literacy and success in school.

    Q: Committee Member Elliott asked if the agency only received $7,000 last year why their request is now for $12,000.

    A: Mr. Carey said that their request each year has been $12,000 but they have only been funded $7,000. He said they would ask again for the same amount and would take and appreciate any amount that the City could fund and would have to find remaining funds elsewhere with fundraisers, etc.

    Applicant: ORANGETHORPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

    Project: WEST FULLERTON YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAM

    Mr. Carey introduced Edgar Medina from Orange County Human Relations to go over this program which will function very closely and in partnership with the OLC.

    Mr. Medina stated that he is part of the West Fullerton Improvements Committee (WFIC) comprised of more than 50+ organizations that meet monthly at the Orangethorpe United Methodist Church to discuss ways to improve West Fullerton. Three years ago a series of focus groups was conducted and it was found that youth see the gang members as the gate keepers of this community and as an integral part of the community and resources. In their minds, instead of calling police, guns would help solve the problem and to solve concerns, gang member would be sought out. These findings refer to the areas around the streets Orangethorpe and Gilbert and surrounding areas.

    WFIC started prioritizing issues and found that the most pressing issue is the need to have youth activities in this community. WFIC tried to find several organizations to help them implement this such as The Boys and Girls Clubs, the Orangethorpe Learning Center, etc. All of these agencies said they would help but the program would have to already be established.

    For this reason, WFIC has organized residents and parents and have developed a project with three components:

    1. They have to recruit / maintain 20-40 kids from middle to high school to meet weekly;
    2. They have to develop leadership skills in the youth group; and
    3. They have to engage participating youth in community service activities and instill in them a desire to give-back and help.

    Mr. Medina announced that he believes this has successfully been developed and is now hoping that the Committee will support these efforts. Mr. Medina introduced a parent involved in this project, Mariana Barrios to speak about her volunteering experience.

    Mrs. Barrios introduced herself as a mother of six kids. She stated that her girls currently attend OLC but is now experiencing problems with her teenage boys who are too old to attend OLC.

    She discussed how older-aged children have no where to go for activities and these are needed to keep them from the bad distractions and to keep them safe. She spoke about teenagers of working parents who are left alone and exposed to bad influences, gangs, and drugs when they have so much free time. In her opinion, she expressed a real need to create programs to work with teenagers.

    Mrs. Barrios said that when they interviewed the teenagers to see what types of programs were of interest to them, they eagerly provided such answers as interest in music, movies, games, etc. In other words, they are very open to having activities planned for them. The teenagers were asked if they would come and the reply was a resounding yes since they have a lot of free time and can invite and spend time with their friends.

    Again, she reiterated that they are very happy with the OLC program but it needs a very important second element, a teenage program.

    Q&A:

    Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser acknowledged that this is a great idea. She asked how it would be created, how quickly will it be up and running, and if the business model and organization were already in place to be immediately implemented.

    A: Mr. Medina said that the model used in the Valencia Community Center project will be used: The Valencia Youth in Action Group. This was very successful and approximately 40 kids are engaged in several programs. At the same time, there is a group of residents already developed as volunteers. Parents are ready and they have a successful model to follow.

    Q: Committee Member Elliott confirmed that they have parents already committed to working with this group.

    A: Mr. Medina said that they already have three couples that are committed to volunteer with this program and are actively providing input into this program. They will start the program with as little or much funding that they can get because they are very committed.

    Q: Committee Member Givens asked how the Valencia Youth in Action Group was funded.

    A: Mr. Medina said this was funded by a small grant given by St. Joseph Health System. They received $5,000 this year and will continue to support the program throughout this year.

    Q: Committee Member Brannock again noted that the purpose of this organization should be reworded in # 9 in the application.

    A: Mr. Medina commented that it might be reworded. He spoke about how the OLC was very informal and has grown into a very structured environment with volunteers, director, and 60+ kids, so the purpose might have to be stronger.

    Q: Chairperson Jaramillo explained that the purpose just needs to be reworded.

    A: Ms. Morad said that Mr. Carey will send in a statement rephrasing what he said for the minutes to meet federal requirements.

    BREAK: A break was taken at 7:16pm and the presentations resumed at 7:35pm.

    Applicant: SOUTHERN CA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY

    Project: FUTURE IN SIGHT

    Presenting for Southern CA College of Optometry was William E. Heaton, VP Institutional Advancement. He said their agencys purpose is to enhance the quality of life through vision care and providing good sight.

    He estimated that they are probably the largest vision care center in the world. They serve 150,000 a year. He said they are very happy to be part of the Fullerton community and work with the Assistance League to screen children. He said they want to be part of the community and as a partner with the Assistance League they are able to screen 8,500-9,000 children each year. They want to make sure that by the third grade their vision is corrected since it can affect their self esteem and create other problems.

    Mr. Heaton said they always look to be involved and try to work with nurses and community projects. He spoke about partnering with Raytheon last month to work with sixth and seventh graders in Adventures in Science where kids learn about eye science.

    He said that in four elementary schools, 600 children failed vision screening tests and really need the help. He described these children as coming from very poor families who move around. Seventy five percent of the families are transient families. He explained that this CDBG grant would pay for service provided to these children since they can help them when they have severe problems. He said that this grant fills in this element.

    He expressed disappointment that they have never been able to serve more than 100 or 150 a year when they know that 600 kids are failing. He concluded by thanking the CDCC and reminding them that these funds are for the children in this community.

    Committee Member Leon complimented Mr. Heatons staff, specifically Beverly Spencer who is outstanding and has always helped within 24 hours.

    Q&A:

    Q: Committee Member Brannock asked for clarification on # 14 on application which indicated $60/vision therapy.

    A:Without having the application in front of him he said that they usually come in for 15 visits. Committee Member Jensen-Purser clarified that it should actually read $60/visit.

    Applicant: WOMEN'S TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER, INC. (WLTC)

    Project: INDEPENDENCE FROM DEPENDENCE

    No representative was present to speak on behalf of WTLC.

    Applicant: Hart Community Homes, Inc. (HCH)

    Project: Life Skills/Work Force Development Program (LSWFDP)

    Presenting for Hart was Lynn Valiente, Fund Development Staff. Ms. Valiente provided the following information on their program:

    - HCHs mission is to heal, educate, and empower at-risk youth to become healthy, productive, and self-sufficient adults in the community.

    - Most of HCH residents will not be adopted due to their age and/or the extent of their disability. These foster care kids are too old and too troubled to be adopted or place in a foster family. HCH is the last opportunity for these youth, the next level of care would be lock-down facilities or juvenile hall.

    - HCH started as a 501 C 3 in 1996 Has served 260 youth since inception.

    - HCH has a Residential Treatment Program in two homes with the LSWFDP.

    - HCH operates the LSWFDP/Monkey Business Caf and Gen Store which is a site to provide training in an actual business setting:

    • 2-month pilot program held in Aug-Sept 2003; Served 34 youth (31 males, 3 females);
    • Created a waiting list of over 20 youth;
    • Will serve 125 youth annually;
    • Participants will receive life skills training;
    • Participants will receive job training experience while earning minimum wage.

    Q&A:

    Q: Committee Member Elliot asked how many Fullerton residents would be served by this project and if the Monkey Business Thrift Store is currently open.

    A: Ms. Valiente replied that about 80% of the 125, which would mean 100 would be Fullerton residents and stated that the Thrift store is undergoing renovations and will open in April. There is however, one youth working there now.

    Q: Committee Member Leon asked how many Fullerton residents were served last year and how many they anticipated to serve this year.

    A: Ms. Valiente replied that 34 were served last year and with anticipated funding, they hoped to serve 125 this year.

    Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser asked how they were getting the kids who live in Orange to the Monkey Business in Fullerton if the store is only open until 5pm. She asked how many hours they could possibly work since school lets out at 3pm and they still have the long commute.

    She asked Ms. Valiente to explain why having visited the store twice a week over the last year and a half, she has never seen a male under the age of 30 working there.

    A: Ms. Valiente said that they will all work 20 hours per week. Also, they do not only have participants of Hart Community Homes.

    Q:Committee Member Bambrook confirmed that these children live in Orange and if so, then HCH would actually not be benefiting Fullerton residents as described in the application # 19: Number of Fullerton Residents to receive direct benefit by project.

    A: Ms. Valiente replied that for 2003 they had referrals from the One-Stop Centers. She was unable to say how many of those referrals were actually Fullerton students.

    Q: Committee Member Jensen-Purser expressed concern that since their inception in 1996 HCH has served 260 youth which calculates into 28 students per year and the $60,000 funding request will not achieve that much and is a huge chunk out of what is available to allocate to all the agencies.

    A: Ms. Valiente said the need is there because these at-risk kids need the help to which Committee Member Jensen-Purser replied that these at-risk children are in no more need than those in the OLC and the funding amount is significantly less there and serves many more.

    Q:Chairperson Jaramillo said that they are still not sure how they are getting these kids over to Fullerton.

    A: Ms. Valiente replied that the population is not only high school students.

    Q:Committee Member Jensen-Purser asked if this $60,000 request is based upon a performance measurement on a two-month pilot program.

    A: Ms. Valiente confirmed that it was but they are continuing to request funding from other sources because they do believe that it will work.

    Q:Committee Member Elliott asked when Monkey Business Store started their renovation.

    A: Ms. Valiente said she joined HCH in November and it was already in renovations. It will open as a caf and a thrift store.

    Q:Committee Member Bambrook asked if the profits made will go back to the training, and how much will go towards the staff.

    A: Ms. Valiente said there will be six coaches plus two additional staff.

    Q:Committee Member Jensen-Purser said the funds will be used to pay salary of staff and youth and questioned where the profits would go. She also confirmed that CDBG states that no funding is to be given to agencies that make profit. Ms. Morad added that this was the reason why they were denied last year.

    A: Ms. Valiente said the profits would be put back in the training program.

    Q:Committee Member Leon asked if they were running an emancipation program and asked if they provide services at these foster homes with issues/problems that usually come with these foster-care situations, i.e. drugs, etc.

    A: Ms. Valiente said that is an emancipation program in terms of helping them get jobs. In terms of the homes, she said that they do have a social worker and each child also receives AFDC.

    Presentations concluded at 8:13PM.

  3. PUBLIC COMMENT

    No public comment.

  4. ADJOURNMENT

    Chairperson Jaramillo adjourned the meeting at 8:15PM.

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