SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY SERVICES

Rating: 3.12 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1124 Bay Blvd Ste D Chula Vista CA 91911 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide children, youth and families in San Diego’s South Bay with services which reinforce the family’s role in our community and assist individuals to aspire realistically to lives of self-fulfillment. SBCS is committed to providing respectful services based on community strengths, needs and goals.
Geographic areas served: South San Diego County (National City, Chula Vista, Bonita, Imperial Beach, San Ysidro, Nester, South San Diego)
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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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2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Leaf & Cole LLP is the independent CPA firm that conducted South Bay Community Services’ (SBCS) audit and 990 returns as of and for the year ended June 30, 2009. As the managing partner of Leaf & Cole, I regret to share that we inadvertently marked the box on Schedule J stating SBCS paid for the use of a private residence, which is not the case. We have made the appropriate correction and have submitted an amended 990 with the IRS. We regret any inconvenience. Steven W. Northcote Managing Partner Leaf & Cole, LLP

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Audited Financial Statements

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2009-6-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is just a general comment in response to agarcia. Interesting how glowing your comment is, and that you say the previous response gave no specifics. I actually read the review by barryjohnjohnson, at the end of the review, I see 3 cases, with case numbers, that is pretty specific. I will give you a specific about this disfunctional organization. Specific: David Bejarano sits on the board, David Bejerano's Security firm enjoys a $97,000 contract with South Bay Community Services. As a member of the public, I find this outrageous and unethical at best. As for their director, Kathy Lembaeu, all I know about her is she rules with an iron fist. I'm sure that she will have some shill respond to this review, just as she did with the review by Barryjohnjohnson. This organization has hard dedicated workers, but has a very disfunctional leadership.

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

watching friends who were employed there being mistreated by Kathy Lembaeu

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer and donor through their various fundraisers, I have been extremely impressed by the programs provided to the many families in South San Diego County. I'm surprised by the previous comment. There are no specifics and all I can assume is that it must be something personal by this person. What I have seen is a dedicated workforce, a dedicated management team and families who are clearly provided with as many services to help them succeed. I receive updates from SBCS that shares how my donation and time has helped families. I truly appreciate that connection and feel I am as connected to these families as the staff who are there hands on. I thank SBCS for their almost 40 years of services! Keep at it...

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

through the programs provided to the many families in South San Diego County.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a dedicated and united workforce, with a true passion and connection to these families and the services they provide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

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South Bay Community Services (SBCS)has been the subject of three employee lawsuits in the last two and a half years. Among many issues, the lawsuits discuss retaliation/wrongful discharge for employees who either refused to engage in falsification of documents; reported falsification issues; or supported employees who reported falsification issues. Two cases were settled out of court while one case is still pending. Olivia Rosillo v. SBCS, Case # GIC 874926; Barry Johnson v. SBCS Case# 37-2008-00093073; Alicia Guido v. SBCS case # 37-2009-00090487.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Many employees on the front lines work hard to try to deliver services in a professional manner.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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