Share Our Selves Community Health Center
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THE SOS FAMILY SERVICE NIGHT is a chance for your family to kick off the holiday season together by working on projects that will help our homeless neighbors and teach our kids about the challenges they face. Geared towards families with children elementary school age or younger, this night is a unique opportunity to introduce your little philanthropists to issues of hunger and homelessness in our community in a way that’s relatable and easy to understand.
Hands-on Projects and Learning Opportunities Such As:
- Assembling hygiene kits
- Making blankets
- Creating cards with uplifting messages for our clients
- Packing bags of groceries for the SOS Food Pantry
A donation of travel-sized hygiene items valued at $20 is requested for participation. Soap, lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and socks are among our most needed items. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dinner will be provided.
COSTA MESA, CA, September 3, 2019 –Share Our Selves (SOS), a mission-driven Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), has named Christy Ward as their new Chief Executive Officer. Christy joins the SOS team after leading One Community Health in Sacramento, CA as CEO for the past three years. She will begin her new role starting Tuesday, September 3rd.
Christy is a highly experienced leader with more than 20 years of experience and passion in primary care, particularly in service to underserved communities. Before her leadership role at One Community Health, she was the Primary Care Services Director for the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer. Christy oversaw more than 600 staff at 21 FQHC sites that served more than 45,000 patients under her leadership with Multnomah County.
“Christy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to SOS, which was quickly recognized enthusiastically by the SOS Board and Senior Management Team during our interviews with her,” said SOS Board Chair, Will Klatte. “She is dedicated to our mission of Whole Person Care, continued innovation and integration of our medical and social services, and is committed to bringing the best possible care to those we serve.”
With a history of strengthening and expanding care for thousands of diverse, lower-income, and underinsured patients, Christy’s track record and expertise are enthusiastically welcomed as she will drive the Share Our Selves mission into their 50th anniversary (coming in 2020.) As leaders in providing Whole Person Care, providing both medical care and social services to the underserved and homeless in the community, the addition of Christy Ward to the SOS team helps ensure a future of stable leadership for the organization, a continued commitment of patient-centered care, and a shared goal of building a healthier, stronger Orange County.
“I am very excited and humbled to be joining the Share Our Selves (SOS) organization as the new Chief Executive Officer,” said Christy. “ As a leader in health care organizations over the last 20 years, one of my core values has been to ensure that patients are kept at the forefront of decisions that we make. I was drawn to SOS as I learned more about their history, organizational values and further after having a chance to meet with some members of the Board of Directors, leadership and staff. Through my interactions and discussions, it was clear that SOS is a very special place, with individuals at all levels that have great passion for the work they do and the services they provide. I am truly looking forward to moving the organization to the next level as we deliver high quality, person-centered care to more individuals in the communities we serve.”
Karen L. McGlinn, who has been the Chief Executive Officer at Share Our Selves since 1993, and a founding board member since 1970, will be working as the new Foundation Operations Officer for the SOS Foundation and Development team. During her tenure as CEO, Karen grew the organization beyond their roots as a free clinic to become a multi-site FQHC and certified Center of Care for the Homeless, that annually see over 78,000 clinical visits, distribute over 52,000 bags of groceries via the SOS Food Pantry, and provide service opportunities to over 1,400 local volunteers. “Christy knows that she will have a hard act to follow, “according to SOS Board Vice Chair, Marc Harper. “SOS would not be where we are without Karen’s passion, vision, and hard work.”
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A new mural at the SOS Costa Mesa location lets our community know how we truly feel about them: You Are Loved.
The beautiful new artwork was commissioned by SOS supporter Lori Warmington. SOS CEO Karen McGlinn said, “My hope is that everyone who sees this lovely message knows they are cared for and valued, regardless of their circumstances. We are so grateful to Lori for giving this wonderful gift to us and everyone we care for.”
Artist Alex Cook has created more than 150 You Are Loved murals around the country, hoping to spark positive conversations about worth, value and well-being. “You exist, therefore you are valuable,” he said. He was excited to spread his message to SOS. You can learn more about these murals at youarelovedmurals.com.
Check out the mural the next time you drop off food, toiletry items, diapers, or a monetary donation to SOS!
Costa Mesa, CA — On June 7, 2019 the SOS First in Family College Readiness Program celebrated the achievements of 8 low-income first-generation high school seniors with a special event held at the SOS Community Health Center. The program prepares students for success in college by supplying them with laptop computers, dorm room essentials, money for textbooks, and case management support through their first year of college. SOS also helped participants select new professional attire outfits for a school presentation that they can use for job interviews and other formal occasions in the future. By working with their college guidance counselors, SOS is also ensuring that they will have the support they need once in college.
Participants in this year’s project were high school seniors from Newport Harbor High School, Costa Mesa High School, Foothill High School and Estancia High School. Each student was recommended to SOS by an advocate at their school because of their determination to overcome difficult circumstances to succeed. They also submitted an application and wrote a personal statement describing why they should be considered for this project, as well as confirmed their attendance at a college or university in the fall.
All the participants will either be the first in their family to attend college, or part of the first generation in their family to do so. Some of the schools they will be attending are the University of California, Irvine; California State University, Fullerton; Saddleback College; California State University, Bakersfield; and Orange Coast College. Here are a few of their stories (we have changed their names to protect their identities):
Jane’s motivation for performing well in school arose when she came to the United States. She is constantly trying to push herself and try new things because she wants her family back in Mexico to be proud of her. She realized that higher education would open more doors for her. She paved her way to college with great grades and perseverance. She learned English in a record time and became involved in helping other students in the ELD program. Although she wanted to follow in her family’s footsteps of education and medicine, she wants to pursue her passion of performing. Her peers and teachers are very proud of her and know that her natural leadership will allow her to accomplish anything she sets her mind to, and she believes that with hard work and her motivation, she will truly get a chance to shine.
Besides her parents, Mary’s inspiration for attending college is her fourth-grade teacher, who shared stories about her college experience and showed Mary what she could accomplish if she followed her heart. Mary has demonstrated her ability to be a dedicated student by the amount of work she has taken on. From competing on both the soccer and volleyball teams to keeping up with demanding courses such as AP Calculus, she has shown her peers and teachers that she is more than prepared for college. She plans to pursue a business degree at the University of California, Irvine. She is self-motivated and hopes to make her parents –who sacrificed their education for her well-being – proud.
Jason has a passion for helping others. As a young boy he was raised in another country and moving back to the United States, his country of origin, was a difficult task. He thanks his counselors and teachers who taught how this new world worked and the English language. His passion for helping others expanded when he was helped by his counselors to learn English and reach his goals. His new goal became attending college to be a counselor and help students transition from high school to college, as his counselors and teachers have helped him. His leadership skills and school involvement have allowed him to move forward through high school successfully. His counselors and teachers describe him as a natural leader and supportive team player. He is motivated to be the first person in his family to graduate from college and give back in the way that his counselors did for him.
The students and their invited guests gathered at SOS in Costa Mesa on Friday afternoon to celebrate their acceptance into the SOS First in Family College Readiness Program and accept their college supplies. Each student received a laptop computer and a $100 gift card for Amazon for textbooks. Student attending a community college got a backpack filled with school supplies, while those who will be living on campus got luggage with dorm supplies including hangers, towels, sheets and a hygiene kit. As a special surprise, SOS procured a sweatshirt for each student from their college or university. Many of the schools donated these items for the students.
Speakers at the event on Friday included community facilitator Maria Barragan from Estancia High School, who spoke about the school’s senior project and the history of the collaboration with SOS; SOS Director of Social Services Michael McGlinn; a student panel featuring past program participants; and the keynote speaker, Megan Lattimer, who spoke about her experiences helping those in need at the OCC food pantry. The event included dinner and cake for the participants and their families.
This project would not have been possible without the generous support of our community. Their kind donations of funds, college supplies and hygiene items allowed SOS to provide each student with a wonderful care package that will make the transition to college as effortless as possible.
Children living in poverty start their school year at a large disadvantage. Without crucial school supplies, these students cannot fully participate in classroom activities or complete their homework. SOS’s annual Back To School Program was launched in 1994 with the goal of closing the educational gap for low-income K-12 students.
Last year’s program provided approximately 4,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students. With your support, we will continue to grow both the number of students served as well as the resources offered. Thank you for helping us bring joy and learning to those in need.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Join Us at We Care Wednesday at the OC FAIR!
Wednesday, July 17th
Bring $5 worth of school supplies (must be new in sealed packaging) and get free admission to the OC Fair and a carnival ride! One ticket per person per donation.
- Filler Paper
- Colored Pencils
Your generous monetary donations allow us to purchase supplies in bulk and expand our reach. Looking to donate items? Check out our Amazon wish list and send donations of our most in-demand items directly to us!
Lead A Drive
Organize your own backpack and school supply drive with your corporation or social club! You can use the flyer below or contact us if you’d like other materials created.
Help us sort supplies and prepare backpacks! Contact Marie Macaulay at 949.270.2118 or email@example.com to sign up.
Fund the SOS Back to School Program’s major needs so that we can continue to provide students with the tools needed to learn.
Register for Backpacks
If you are a client who would like to register for backpacks, please click here to see our registration dates and locations.
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Click here for a school supply flyer to post at your Back to School drive!
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Please contact Alina Pineda at 949.536.3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this program.
COSTA MESA, CA, June 17, 2019 – Share Our Selves (SOS), a mission-driven federally-qualified health center, is pleased to announce that Dr. Nazanin Sanaei has joined its team as Staff Pediatrician at the SOS Children & Family Health Center (CFHC) in Newport Beach. Karen McGlinn, CEO of SOS, said “Dr. Sanaei will be a valuable asset to our organization. She has dedicated her career to treating the whole patient, body mind and spirit, and cares deeply about creating a culture of health within families. We are thrilled to welcome someone who so clearly understands our mission and has a strong connection with the community.”
At the CFHC, Dr. Sanaei will join a dedicated team of bilingual pediatricians, nurse practitioners and staff. Services offered include well child physical exams, school physicals, sick/walk-In appointments, immunizations, vision and hearing tests, and TB testing. The SOS Children & Family Healthy Center offers additional services including assistance with insurance eligibility, counseling and expanded services for women such as pre-natal and pregnancy services, well woman exams, pap smears, and breast exams. The SOS network of care is also pleased to offer access to pediatric and adult dental, as well adult behavioral health services.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Sanaei was raised in Laguna Beach. She truly loves and enjoys her work in the medical field and enjoys being of service to her community. “Being able to serve children is my great passion. My true satisfaction comes from not just treating children, but also from educating families on preventing illnesses and staying safe and healthy,” she said. With a great interest in the Latin culture, Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico offered Dr. Sanaei the opportunity to not only attend a U.S. accredited medical school, but also to experience and learn about a different culture. She specialized in pediatrics during her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Sanaei is board certified and speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Farsi.
About Share Our Selves
As leaders in the community, Share Our Selves (SOS) has provided care and assistance to our most vulnerable populations in Orange County since 1970. With service centers throughout Orange County, we specialize in providing personalized care for the community, including medical and dental services, behavioral health, case management, financial assistance, and special holiday programs. Our experience and innovative solutions, paired with our wide-ranging services, allow us to address the systemic nature of poverty from many angles, upholding our clients’ basic human rights through transformational care, and fighting for the dignity all members of our community deserve. For more information about Share Our Selves please visit shareourselves.org.
Costa Mesa, CA – As Share Our Selves (SOS) hosted their 26th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night on Thursday, April 4th, more than 700 people came to the SOS main campus in Costa Mesa to taste incredibly unique tacos invented by some of Orange County’s most recognizable names in food. Twenty-one award-winning chefs presented their inspired creations alongside craft beer from Barley Forge Brewing Co. and specialty margaritas provided by DesMaDre Tequila, Trevor’s at the Tracks, Sol Cocina and Sol Agave. With proceeds in excess of $75,000, all going towards the SOS Food Pantry, the night’s goal of helping feed those at risk of hunger in the community proved to be a wild success.
Following the same trend as in year’s past, there was an increase in attendees opting to participate in the VIP pre-event party which allowed dedicated foodies the chance to enjoy early access to all food and beverages while providing an opportunity to connect with the chefs directly. With all of the tacos designed exclusively for this event, many took advantage of allowing enough time to try these one and done creations and learn the inspirations behind each chef’s creation.
Every attendee had the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice Taco Award” presented by Yelp!, and the competition was stronger than ever. This year’s winner was Chef Alessandro Pirozzi of Pirozzi Corona Del Mar, Alessá Laguna Beach, and Salerno. Chef Pirozzi won over the crowd with his ‘Beauty and the Beast Taco’ which consisted of a red rose petal infused tortilla, homemade bison sausage, fresh grass, spicy house-made salsa verde, and julienne yellow and pink parsley.
All of the proceeds from the event benefit the SOS Food Pantry, which collects goods from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, caterers, and donors to distribute food to low-income and homeless residents in Orange County. Volunteers package the food for distribution five days a week, with a daily average of 235 families and individuals receiving groceries who normally wrestle with food-insecurity.
A huge thank you to our generous chefs, sponsors, event sponsors, Wild & Crazy Taco Night Committee & volunteers for making this event a huge success!
PARTICIPATING CHEFS & MENU
Roasted Mixed Mushroom and Chorizo Chili Fry with Cumin Queso and Pickled Vegetables
Chochinita Pibil Taco, Mexican Slaw, Pickled Black Radish, Fried Plantain, Habanero Plantain Salsa
Wild & Crazy Dessert Taco
Taco de Codorniz y Chapulines: Quail Adobada, Grasshopper Salsa, Avocado, Pipicha, Pea Shoots, Garlic Flowers, Bicolor Corn Tortilla
Cauliflower Jalapeño Tortilla, Pureed Cauliflower and Sweet Potato, Mushrooms and Crispy Potatoes, Grilled Treviso, Guajilla Sauce, Pickled Fresno Chiles
Tortilla-less Taco, Crispy Fried Halloumi Cheese, House-made Chorizo, Avocado Crema & Pico de Gallo
Roasted Chicken Bruschetta Taco: Roasted Garlic Basil Aioli, Roasted Chicken, Tomato Bruschetta, Parmesan, Basil
Lamb Carnitas Taco with Pickled Dates and Harissa Salsa
Fish Out of Water: Bacon Wrapped Salmon with Raspberry Chipotle Salsa, Garnished with Freshly Grated Asparagus and an Almond Slice, Finished with a Squeeze of Lime. Served on Flour Tortilla with a Bed of Melted Mozzarella Cheese
Stemple Creek Beef Larb, Fresh Herbs, Peanuts
Dutch Yellow Potato and Pasilla Pepper Tacos Topped with Calabasitas and Queso Ranchero Served with a Roasted Tomato and Serrano Chile Salsa
Pastrami Taco with Beer Mustard
Crunchy Salmon Poke Tacos: Pickled Jicama Slaw, Crispy Shallot & Avocado Creme
Beauty and the Beast: Red Rose Petal Infused Tortilla, Homemade Bison Sausage, Fresh Grass Spicy House-Made Salsa Verde, and Julienne Yellow and Pink Parsley
Roasted Pineapple Barbacoa, Amarillo Crema, Salsa Negra Tortilla
Filet Mignon Trompo with Salsa de Chapulines
Chicken Pastor – Grilled Jerk Chicken, Grilled Pineapple, Caramelized Onion, Bacon, Melted Cheese
Porchetta, Butterbean Hummus, Pickled Fresno Chile, Fennel Frond, Preserved Lemon, Haute Sauce
Octopus Taco – Octopus, Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Chorizo, Homemade Tortillas
Cadillac Taco: Cheese, Carne Asada, Chipotle Shrimp, Taquero Sauce, Pico de Gallo, Avocado and Cilantro
Roasted Cauliflower, Mole Negro Fig Agrodolce, Queso Fresco, Fig Leaf Tortilla
Anne & Bob Cress
Frome Family Foundation
Thompson Family Foundation
Dr. Richard & Mrs. Sandra Haskell
Pacific Hospitalist Associates
Kevin & Linda Pitts
Dr. Roberta Lessor & Dr. David Snow
Jim & Diane Bailey
The Paugh Family
John & Angela Stollsteimer
Food Bag Challenge
Frome Family Foundation
Ernest Klatte, MD
John & Angela Stollsteimer
Gaye Besler, Kara Demostene, Maggie Hayes, Elizabeth Hopkins, Helen Kinsey, Marie Macaulay, Mary Moyer, Julie Neja, Karen McGlinn, Katie Santore, Debbie Springer, Cindy Tuch
Costa Mesa, CA – This holiday season marked the 49th year of Share Our Selves’ Annual Adopt A Family Program. This wonderful holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. In 2018, the Adopt A Family Program connected donors with 1,451 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools.
Hundreds of families and organizations made Adopt A Family a part of their holiday tradition in 2018. Participating donors provided each child in the family with at least two new gifts and a complete holiday dinner. In addition to our donors, various companies, schools and religious organizations held food and toy drives, which assisted SOS in providing a memorable holiday for every family.
This year SOS was able to deliver Christmas gifts and a hearty meal to 1,451 families with over 4,527 children from 62 local schools and organizations. SOS would like to extend a big thank you to our amazing volunteers who put in countless hours of time over many months. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the many families, companies and organizations that adopted families and held food and toy drives, as well as the numerous volunteer and staff members who worked tirelessly at the OC Fair & Event Center packing and sorting boxes of gifts and food. It is because of the support of the community that SOS was able to make this a Merry Christmas for families that desperately needed a little holiday cheer.
SOS also collected messages of thanks from the families who directly benefited from this program. Please take a look at their heartfelt words in the slideshow below.
Costa Mesa, CA – In 2018, Share Our Selves distributed 1,346 Thanksgiving food bags over the three days before Thanksgiving. The bags were full of everything needed for a delicious dinner, including turkeys, chickens, produce, rolls, stuffing, pies, and more.
Thanksgiving is truly a team effort. A huge thank you to everyone that helped out!
Costa Mesa, CA- Share Our Selves Family Service, which took place on Thursday, November 15, 2018, was a chance for families to kick off the holiday season together by working on projects that helped our homeless neighbors and taught children about the challenges they face. Geared towards families with children elementary school age or younger, this night was unique opportunity to introduce the next generation of OC philanthropists to issues of hunger and homelessness in our community. Throughout the night, our little helpers helped SOS prepare for the holiday season by:
- Sorting 1,900 pounds of canned goods
- Preparing 1,400 bags of Thanksgiving produce
- Packing 250 bags full of hygiene items
- Making 12 blankets to keep our neighbors experiencing homelessness warm
- Creating and decorating dozens of holiday cards and food bags to spread the joy of the season