Congratulations to our May 2019 asset builder, Scott Fenter! Scott was nominated by longtime Peninsula educator, Mike Robinson. In Mike's own words:
"I feel privileged to be presenting the Asset Builder Award to Scott Fenter. I have to be honest, I was not expecting all the progress from an interim superintendent we hired just one year ago. I was hoping and expecting that we wouldn’t be going backwards. But because of Scott’s experience and instant dedication to our district, he has guided us past many hurdles and moved us forward.
Let me share just some of Scott’s accomplishments and attributes that I am most thankful for:
Last year, I thought we were getting a good interim superintendent. What we got instead is a person who provided a positive forward momentum within our district for the changes and challenges facing us. We are much better prepared to deal with the future because of Scott’s leadership. I am forever grateful for Scott’s guidance. We got much more than what we bargained for and I am forever grateful. The Asset Builder Award from Wellspring is most deserved.
A round of applause for Scott Fenter!
Congratulations to our April Asset builder!
OBSD's Early Childhood Center has been the home of quality Early Childhood programs since 2008. The Early Childhood Center was built with a Community Development Block grant that is the embodiment of true collaboration.
The Early Childhood Center currently houses the Early Steps to School Success Program, a prenatal-to-three home visit program, Early Support Infants & Toddlers, an early intervention program for children ages birth to three with developmental disabilities, the Developmental Preschool, a preschool program for three- and four-year olds with developmental disabilities, and the Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program.
Ocean Beach School District has a district preschool program that currently runs at both Long Beach and Ocean Park Elementary Schools. Also, the Early Childhood Center is the home for monthly play groups and READY! For Kindergarten classes.
All of these programs are run by incredible individuals who are committed to providing a supportive, nurturing, educational approach, and have been operating on the foundation of trauma-informed care since the beginning. The Early Childhood Center serves as a resource hub for families needing connection to services in the community. They even have a spot in the lobby where free clothing and other household items are available for families. Through the years families have both donated and utilized this resource. The Early Childood Center has been a place for families to develop friendships with other families, his has created new communities of support. Children and families who are involved at the Early Childhood Center flourish-- what an incredible gift it is to our community!
"Congratulations to our March Asset Builder, Martha Donaldson!
According to nominator, Karen Brownlee...
"This year Martha Donaldson has taken on chairing the efforts for the Long Beach Peninsula Empty Bowls Project. She has been a helper with the project for the past two years and since my retirement from the project, she has stepped up and continued the efforts to feed the hungry on the Peninsula. We have talked at length about what she could bring to the project, especially since she is not a ceramic artist. She has been able to keep with the community spirit of the project by asking the local artists to donate items to raffle, local musicians to be a part of a concert, and local restaurants to donate soup and bread. She really wants it to be a gathering of the community.
Martha has a spirit that leads her to help others. She is always busy with trying to help as many people as she can. This is probably due to her background in nursing. She also has a great desire to keep the Long Beach Peninsula a beautiful place to live. She is not afraid to talk to strangers and ask questions. She finds out people’s needs in a respectful way and many people have been invited to her home for meals and conversation.
Martha knows that the Empty Bowls is going to change under her leadership. But Empty Bowls is a type of project that takes many forms in many communities. Change can be good. She brings the love of community and the helping spirit that can’t help but be contagious. I can’t wait to see what will be achieved."
A warm round of applause to Martha!
Congratulations to Abbracci Coffee, our February Asset Builder!
In the words of Taletha Egleston, member at large:
"I walked into Abbracci for the first time on my third day living on the West Coast. The week before I had driven 2,000 miles to a place where I knew absolutely no one. Not only did I immediately meet a plethora of community members sipping their coffee, but I met Ricky Holmes.
On the first glance, Ricky is a wonderfully creative and loving individual. Upon a second glance, one realizes that Ricky is engaged very directly in service work with all of his customers, beyond his coffee service. While Ricky doesn’t officially work as a case manager, he inadvertently fills this role in his café in the most natural form of friendship. Asking after family members or checking in with customers is more than common. Cost is never something to dissuade a guest and Ricky makes that clear; promoting the customer visit in and of itself over payment. When an out of town traveler visits Ricky’s shop, they find some really great coffee and a barista who will make them whatever they want, and possibly a history lesson about our area.
On top of the Abbracci physical space, Abbracci has provided coffee (free of charge) for many community events, most notably Peninsula Poverty Response’s (PPR’s) Community Forum in September and Project Community Connect, an event which served 196 people. Ricky has provided an amazing amount of support for community events and community members, offering free coffee for individuals who lost their homes to fire in November and for our coasties who missed paychecks earlier this year. Abbracci has also partnered with Pacific County Immigrant Support to donate a portion of certain drinks to their cause.
In less than a year, Ricky has created his café to be a hub of community conversation, whether they are around art, politics, or most importantly poverty and homelessness in Pacific County. Abbracci is a welcoming space for all members of our community, whether new, retired, struggling, or lonely. If I put out an advertisement for the Abbracci Coffee Bar, it would say “Come enjoy a delicious Americano along with meaningful friendship, conversation, and community.”