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January 7, 2011

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January 7, 2011

My personal experience as a Southwest Middle School after school tutor through South Bay Community Services is one that I will always remember. Next time I have an opening in my schedule I will be their again to experience such a rewarding opportunity. Being able to mentor students at that level made me feel like I was in middle school all over again. Such an opportunity is priceless on my menu. The positive energy kids are so good at transmitting made me contribute to it and make it grow. It was great to help them with their math homework and to inform them about all of the career possibilities that are out their waiting for them to scoop them up.

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Giving me the opportunity to extend my capabilities beyond the academic arena in an exciting and fun environment. As a mature adult that recognizes the value of such opportunities I realize that I learned more from the students than they learned from me. Now that's a great deal.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Strive towards designing a one on one tutor program for students whose resistance is the highest to completing their schoolwork during the after school program. Ideally, this plan would include tutoring sessions during regular school hours where the student and tutor would interact away from the distractions from the student’s peers. I feel the attempt of such a plan is valid because it eliminates what I believe is to be the main obstacle that keeps certain students from completing their work

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I feel what this group did to make this a great volunteer experience is beyond what was required. They did a great job and asking them to do anything different to make my experience better would be asking too much. I would not change anything.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definitely. Like I mentioned previously in the review I believe I learned more from the students than they learned from me. Before the experience i did not know how good an adult feels by interacting with a group of middle school students on a regular basis.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I was contributing to a purely good cause since it involved the youth of my community. Since they were middle school students it also made me feel energized.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I lived in the South Bay area during the 1980's and I can assure you that this community has improved immensely and I truly attribute it to all to the services that South Bay Community services have provided to the families in this area. In particular, I would like to mention the Academic Counseling provided to the local middle schools in South Bay. The professionalism I observed on a daily basis was admirable, not only between staff but with employees as well. In addition, the nurturing relationships they have with the students promotes well-being and helps them excel in their studies and increase their self-confidence. Many students informed me that their parents saw a change in them. They seemed more in control of their emotions, therefore, able to communicate more effectively. I truly hope that South Bay Community Services expand their programs to be able to serve all the families in this area that have a need for a helping hand.
thank you SBCS for such a great experience!!
Cynthia

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hardworking, caring people that motivate you to go out there and do what you can to support families in need

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand, expand, and expand their services!!!

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

SBCS served over 75% of our students at our school by mentoring, tutoring, and counseling them through various programs that were offered by SBCS. SBCS had well-trained, energetic staff members who worked with over 200 students daily in the mentorship program as well as the after school homework assistance program. The students in which the staff members built close relationships with now have a higher sense of security after their first semester of beginning middle school, as well as higher grades and test scores.

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I was able to find new staff members who have been working daily with our students...I have great confidence in the staff that comes to work with me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make no changes at this moment. Thank you.

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I have experiences as both an employee and volunteer at SBCS. I was a part time youth mentor and tutor at a local middle school through the AEC program. Through this program we mainly offered academic support for struggling students and also some mentoring about important life choices. My volunteer experience was with the WINGS program, a program that focuses on helping female youth meet the conditions of their probation and prevent them from any further involvement with the juvenile crime system. Both my experiences with SBCS were very good and overall rewarding. Their programs are professionally run and effectively designed. The staff at SBCS is professional, friendly and always willing to help.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The enrichment of my knowledge in the provision of social services.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the volunteer clearing process faster so more people have the opportunity to volunteer with this organization.

January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011


A few months ago I worked as a Peer Mentor in one of the Middle schools that SBCS supports, so I can attest to the great efforts that SBCS channel to motivate students to excel in their academic endeavors. Academic endeavors that have been limited/frustrated (to say the least) by their own
parents' lack of support AND upper-level school officials' lack of long-term academic and administrative strategy.

SBCS exposed Peer Mentors to relevant and specialized training, encouraged weekly meetings to improve daily activities with students, and promoted Peer Mentor brainstorming on how to improve the mentoring experience as a whole.

During my tenure in SBCS, I also realized that SBCS offers a comprehensive array of services (other than student mentoring) to individuals from all walks of life who find themselves in need at any given time. SBCS also have a long-list of other non-profit organizations that also contribute to the well-being of the individuals in need.

In a few words, I'm glad that SBCS exists and continues to assist people that need their help.

-Jaqui

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

At the end of the semester, students had higher grades due to the after-school mentoring sessions that SBCS organized. In fact, faculty and admin staff were very pleased and applauded our efforts throughout the semester.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would hire more HR personnel to take care of employees matters in a timely fashion.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Hire more HR personnel.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I was looking to have a closer look to the educational system and get a few relevant certifications along the way.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It was sad to realized how deteriorated the educational systems was and how parents seems not to care that their children will follow their same steps.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 19, 2010
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1 previous review
July 15, 2010

I read about this organization in the San Diego Reader Magazine. How the Executive Director Kathryn Lembo had a $97000 contract for the Agency with Board member David Bejarano for security services wi... more

December 19, 2010
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I am concerned this organization is trying to pump up its scores on this site - they have had their own auditor, who admitted mistakes on the documents on this site, and it looks like two Board members, rank the organization highly - it seems like a conflict to do such - I guess they didnt read the San Diego Reader article which touched upon conflict of interest at this organization. Were these board members involved in awarding a $97000 contract to their co Board member David Bejarano ? Are they fine that the financial documents on this site denied the existence of the contract despite a direct question asking of such- of course they know he resigned from the board after the story came out - and if the action to award the contract violated State law on self dealing transactions, did they discipline any body? I dont think they mention that any changes are needed at the organization. I guess the organizations they work for in their day jobs are fine with this Board awarding each other contracts which may violate State law? I am further disturbed by the developer commenting. It shows the incestuous relationship between this organization and developers, major donors for the organization. For those not familiar with Chula Vista it has been over run by developers, they score points by donating to this organization- the organization then gets to administer the affordable housing units required of the developers - then the high salaries of this agency get to go up-- so no doubts that good works are achieved via this agency's programs financed by me and you the taxpayer - but self serving actions and obliviousness of the Board members rate a low score here -- wake up - stop the conflicts and high slaries and dependence on developers.

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reviewing incorrect documents on this site and stories in the paper

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

the Board wakes up - stops conflicts and high salaries, and depenndence on developers

July 15, 2010
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I read about this organization in the San Diego Reader Magazine. How the Executive Director Kathryn Lembo had a $97000 contract for the Agency with Board member David Bejarano for security services with his private firm; how this was not reported to the IRS via the documents on this website, 990 forms, how a State law was possibly violated on such contracts, and how Lembo was on the interview board for Bejarano when he was hired, when they had this contractual relationship...whew!!! stinky ! - then i saw the reviews here and the listing of employee lawsuits ! the first review was very factual simply listing the lawsuits-so i am very concerned about tax dollars and this contract scandal that the Reader uncovered. Also , the high salaries of the administrators which can be found on this site; and the $250000 gala fundraiser event listed in these 990 forms, and someone being paid for use of their private residence? ( on the 990 form)This agency needs more oversight and transparency.

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really just from reading about it, and examining the documents on this site, the 990 forms

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

I believe it was about 1990 when a friend first introduced me to South Bay Community Services. It was not long afterward when I was honored and became a board member. SBCS is, without a doubt, a model agency that provides much needed services as well as offering a “hands-up” philosophy rather than a “hands-out” attitude. I believe it (the agency) does so because of its leadership. Kathryn Lembo is the Executive Director and carefully guides her “ship” every inch of its way. Kathy has a great team and together they make an incredible difference to those individuals who require shelter, medical attention, counseling, education, training, affordable housing, clothing, food and/or family services for Domestic Violence just to name a few offerings. SBCS provides individuals a place to turn and works closely with the local police departments and other agencies. It was the first agency to offer a Domestic Violence Intervention Program. It was also the first agency to be approved by HUD's Homeless Housing Disposition Program in 1991. In 1995, Casas Seguras opened and was the only confidential shelter and transitional housing facility for victims (and their children) of family violence in South San Diego County. SBCS was also the only 24/7 response unit in San Diego County in 1997 that began accompanying Chula Vista Police on family violence calls when children were present, which became known as the Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). Additionally, SBCS opened a “Teen Recovery Center” providing day treatment for youth who have substance abuse issues. The following year, SBCS opened an affordable community to low incomes families with HIV/AIDS. SBCS continues to open affordable housing communities along with transitional housing developments throughout the South County benefiting low-income families, seniors, and youth who have “aged out” of the foster care system. Several years ago, Mi Escuelita was opened for children who have been exposed to family violence. Please know that this is the first therapeutic preschool of its kind in San Diego County. I have personally directed individuals to SBCS who had no where else to turn; and so, I am well aware of its services and provisions. Agencies are only as good as those individuals who lead them and have the vision and insight to keep growing and meeting the needs of the community. I am sincerely honored to have been a continual board member for nearly two decades; I cannot imagine not being a part of SBCS.

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I have personally witnessed the results of this organization for nearly two decades

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There are not any changes I would make to this organization.

November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

I can not say enough great things about South Bay Community Services. Thanks to SBCS staff, counselors, social workers and others, much needed assistance and services are provided to victims of domestic violence, hungry families, pre-schoolers who have witnessed abuse at home, young people who age out of foster care and many others. Shelters for victims of domestic violence provide a safe and attractive environment with on-site support that helps families become self sufficient. Pre-schoolers who have witnessed abuse at home can attend Mi Escuelita, a pre-school program which is the result of a collaboration with the Chula Vista Elementary School District the the funding of caring benefactors. Young people who age out of foster care have often been in and out of foster homes and as a result have not experienced the stability and caring needed to be successful on their own. SBCS provides housing and on-site counseling for this population and many have found jobs, learned how to handle their finances and many have gone on to college. These are but some of the many excellent services that are provided. The key to the success of the agency is the committed, expert staff. The Executive Director has dedicated many years to recruiting and retaining the very best and as a result, the strong team at SBCS is a model and is often called upon to train others in this field. It is with great pride that I continue to advocate for and support the agency.

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First hand.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

October 20, 2010

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October 20, 2010

I found out about SBCS' pre-school program through a social worker and I am very thankful that she pointed me to the right direction. It was during a difficult time in our family's lives and the fact that help was made available for me and other families in a similar situation was a blessing, to say the least. The staff provided me and my family with understanding and kind support that helped us work through the rough times. The site director selected a wonderful staff who went above and beyond what regular school teachers do. The facility provided my child with an healthy environment and counselling which helped him address the changes that we were going through at the time. I'm very grateful for whomever conceived this idea and brought it to fruition. I hope that this program receives the support it needs and continue to help families like ours.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mi Escuelita

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more staff

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

through a social worker

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 2, 2010

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September 2, 2010

I am the Executive Vice President of JPB Development, LLC, a real estate development company in southern California. I have been involved, personally and professionally, with South Bay Community Services ("SBCS")for over a decade now. As a developer of master planned communites, we were looking (back in the year 2000) to partner with a non profit agency to build and manage a number of low and moderate income affordable housing units in Chula Vista. After interviewing a number of potential candidates, our choice was very easy. SBCS stood head and shoulders above every other candidate in terms of track record, recommendations, involvement in the community, efficient management of their projects, and commitment to their cause. We moved forward with our partnership and, thanks to the expertise and experience of SBCS, we were approved to build 271 low and moderate homes. SBCS has managed the project with incredible success since its completion. That original project marked only the beginning of my relationship with SBCS. Since that time I have been so impressed with their work in the comunity and the effectiveness of their managment team, that I have volunteered to assist in a number of their enterprises. Our company, too, has contributed significantly to help the SBCS cause. Our committment -- both in terms of time and financial contribution -- to SBCS has grown over the past decade as we have watched the burgeoning success of the organization and the broad reaching impact SBCS has had on the Chula Vista and South County region. Without exception, the people we have met within the organization have been professional, dedicated,hard working, and caring -- critical characteristics for any charitable organization. they make it very easy to WANT to get invovled and to support such a worthy cause. While our support of SBCS has been across the board, our most intimate involvement has been with the Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool. This unique preschool is for young children who have been victims of abuse or domestic violence. They receive quality early learning and specialized therapeutic care. The school provides a critical step in ending the cycle of violence and helping these children get ready for success in school. In short, I cannot say enough positive things about SBCS and the programs it provides. As I am limited by space in this review, I am happy to speak directly to anyone who would like additional information.

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see review above

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2010

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