In 2019, the Make-A-Wish Foundation became one of our grant recipients for their Adopt-A-Wish program which grants a wish to one critically ill child. Our child is Xavier, age 5, who has spinal muscular atrophy and it was determine he was a candidate for a Tobii Eye Gaze Device which will aid in his communication abilities. We, as an Alliance, are proud and excited to be a part of his and his family’s journey by granting his wish to have one of these devices.
I want to extend a heart-felt thank you to each of you for naming me the 2019 Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Awardee. This has come as a wonderful surprise and it is also a great honor. One the of great joys of my volunteer activities is meeting wonderful people; not only those I serve but also those I work with. The work that we in the Alliance do brings much benefit to the community and much pride to me. The icing on the cake is all of the wonderful and long-lasting friendships with all of you that I am blessed with.
On October 12th, the SSVMSA Bus Trip to Napa brought 38 people to the world-renowned Peju winery! Upon arrival we were invited into the vineyards where we were given a VIP wine tasting. We were able to first taste grapes fresh off of the vines. Then we were given the juice of the grape that had just been pressed. Everyone was surprised to see that the juice contained bits of stem and seed, but it was delicious! Lastly, we tasted the cabernet wine that came from the grape! It was a unique and delightful experience. We were then taken through a very generous tasting of many of the wines that Peju produces. Next, we moved to lovely tables set for our gourmet lunch, also in the vineyard.
With our bellies full of wonderful food and wine we were able to stretch our legs and tour Peju’s sculpture garden. Peju’s owner, Herta Peju, delighted us with a description of different art pieces and a bit of history on how each piece was acquired. All in all it was a fabulous day and a great way to build excitement for the up and coming Art of Medicine 2020!!
Women’s Empowerment’s mission is to educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children. Their onsite child development center goes far beyond childcare to address the developmental, medical, emotional and educational needs of homeless children.
Each year, Women’s Empowerment serves more than 600 women of all ethnicities who are homeless ages 18 and up and living in the greater Sacramento area, as well as their 120 children. The women and children they serve face monumental barriers, including health disparities, racial injustice and the effects of chronic poverty. Most women in the program are single mothers, and more than a third have children too young for preschool. Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive child development center is usually their only option for quality child care and a key place to build developmental skills.
With this $5000 grant, Women’s Empowerment will provide pre- and post-child development assessment materials for 50 homeless children enrolled in our child development center this year. They will also provide toys and tools for developmental assessments and children with special needs. Lastly, they will offer healthy snacks and meals for the children, as well as formula and diapers.
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.