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Alma Community Care

Bringing healing, help, and hope to San Diego's inner city community of Greater Logan Heights through mental health awareness, education, and resources.

SAN DIEGO, CA

Mission

Alma Community Care’s mission is to care for the families and residents of Greater Logan Heights in San Diego by providing counseling for families and individuals; training and resourcing for local community organizations; and complementary support programs.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Carrie Anne Sandoval

Main address

PO Box 13602

SAN DIEGO, CA 92170-3602 USA

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EIN

81-4296647

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mental health disorders are the most common health issue faced by our nation’s school children. One in five children between the ages of 13-18 have or will have a mental illness, and 80% of all mental health illnesses beginning in childhood. New research shows that Latino children are more likely to suffer from depression or other mental health illnesses, but roughly 8% of Latino parents say their child has received mental health services. Our focus area of Greater Logan Heights in San Diego is currently 84.6% Hispanic and a median household income of half of the California state average.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Parenting Seminars

Our Parenting Seminars help our community’s parents learn how to better love, care for, and raise their children. These fully bilingual seminars offer topic-specific instruction and free child care. Our speakers include a child psychologist, a clinical social worker, and several licensed family and marriage therapists who address issues such as mental health disorders, effective discipline, childhood bullying, and healthy marriages. The Parenting Seminars are offered at our community’s local public schools with the full
support of principals, counselors, and staff.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Esperanza offers 5 community parents 4-6 individual therapy sessions along with 6-8 group therapy sessions lead by a local bilingual licensed therapist. The program lasts for roughly 3 months with therapy times determined by the availability of the parent. Each individual session is 60 minutes long with the group therapy session lasting 90 minutes. Therapy is offered either online or in person depending on the availability of the parent.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Multiracial people, People of Central American descent, People of African descent, Parents

Related Program

Esperanza

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our free therapy group offers 5 participants 4-6 individual therapy sessions as well as 6-8 group therapy sessions during each round.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of our Parenting Seminars are to educate parents on the signs of mental health in their children, equip them to find resources for their children's mental health needs and ensure hope in what are often difficult seasons of parenting. We measure success by our parents attendance, acquired skills and connection to local resources and services. We long to see strong thriving families serving one another in Greater Logan Heights and healing brought to relationships that are struggling.

The goals of Esperanza, our individual and group therapy program, are to provide healing for the mental health needs in our community's parents, educate parents on how to recognize their personal mental health struggles when they arise, provide them specific steps to take to resolve personal mental health struggles, and create a community of parents who can support one another in their daily struggles.

Our strategies for Alma Community Care’s monthly Parenting Seminars are:
- Monthly mental health education taught in English and Spanish by licensed therapists;
- Parenting Seminars are free and taught in local schools where parents feel safe;
- Content is determined by the in put of local parents and their immediate needs;
- Increasing the number of school sites where seminars are offered to reach more families;
- Continued and expanded promotion of seminars through local schools, churches, health centers, non-profits, organizations, and businesses.

Our strategies for Esperanza are:
- Therapy is provided in Spanish or English by a licensed therapist;
- 6 free individual and 6 free group therapy sessions are offered to each participant
- The same set of participants move through the individual and group therapy together to promote community;
- Weekly content is driven by the individual needs of the participants to treat their needs.

Alma Community Care measures success by our participating parents’ attendance, acquired skills, and connection to local resources and services.
In terms of attendance, ACC has had a total of over 100 unduplicated parents attend our in-person parenting seminars per year in both 2018 and 2019. Notably, over 50% of these parents also attended an additional two or more seminars each year. In 2020, despite the ongoing pandemic, ACC also had a total of over 100 parents attend our in-person and online parenting seminars.
ACC also measures success in terms of acquired skills, which is reflected in our participating parents’ post-seminar survey responses. Significantly, post-seminar survey results show that 100% of participants have learned new parenting skills that can be immediately implemented at home to improve family relationships and overall physical and mental health. Post-seminar survey results also consistently show that participating parents feel more confident in identifying symptoms of harmful relationships and patterns of unhealthy physical and mental wellness within their family.
In terms of connection to local resources and services, post-parenting seminar surveys show that over 90% of participants have a better understanding of where and how to access additional support for physical and mental health. ACC also provides and promotes information for a variety of other support services via our parenting seminar resource table and our weekly social media posts.
At the end of the Esperanza program's first round of participants, we had a 90% attendance rate, an overwhelming request for additional individual and group therapy sessions, clear steps for coping with their mental health needs were learned, continued group meetings outside of the therapy sessions were requested, and healing was found by all through their therapy.

In 2017 Alma Community Care (ACC) implemented Saturday morning Parenting Seminars. Over the course of eight months, ACC offered five seminars at Burbank Elementary School in Logan Heights. The success and community interest of the 2017 seminars resulted in more being added to the 2018 schedule.

ACC expanded its reach within the Greater Logan Heights community in 2018 by hosting 15 Parenting Seminars at two school sites. Our network of licensed therapists increased to include bilingual child psychologists, marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers. We promoted the Parenting Seminars at five local schools in Greater Logan Heights and have seen our monthly attendance fluctuate between 15-35 parents. In 2018 we impacted roughly 100 individual parents and grandparents at our two locations through our Parenting Seminars.

ACC expanded its reach within the Greater Logan Heights community again in 2019 by hosting 15 Parenting Seminars at three school sites. Our network of licensed therapists increased to include bilingual child psychologists, marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers. We promoted the Parenting Seminars at five local schools in Greater Logan Heights and have seen our monthly attendance fluctuate between 15-35 parents. In 2019 we impacted roughly 100 individual parents and grandparents at our three locations through our Parenting Seminars. Notably, over 50% of these parents also attended an additional two or more seminars each year.

In 2020, despite the ongoing pandemic, ACC started the year off in three local schools offering 4 in person parenting seminars before the schools were closed. We shifted to online education through daily social media posts on Instagram and Facebook bring also had a total of over 100 parents attend our in-person and online parenting seminars.

Our therapy program, Esperanza, has provided over 80 individual therapy sessions and 12 group sessions to community mothers over the last 2 years. They report being healthier and happier than every before with new tools to help them work their anxiety and depression.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alma Community Care

Board of directors
as of 05/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Chris Sandoval

Servant Church of San Diego

Term: 2016 -

Mark Maliepaard

Mike LaNier

Kathleen Lennard

Mark Woodrow

Steve Bowlin

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability