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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Housing Support, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Youth Development Programs

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)

Programs: Youth and family support services:youth and family support services provides an array of services and activities to assist youth and their families in all aspects of life including: health, education, work recreation, after-school program, family, and social, as well as enhancing adult-youth partnerships. Programs include counseling, juvenile diversion, pregnancy prevention, after school programming, gang alternatives, gender specific programming, youth entrepreneurial activities, and other supportive and youth development services for at-risk youth and their families. The youth and family support services also focuses on recognizing the strengths, assets, and resiliency of youth in particular, and maximizing the potential for their long-term development by encouraging their creative abilities within a family and community context. Programs include trolley trestle transitional living program for former foster youth, casa nuestra shelter for runaway and homeless youth, independent living program for current and former foster youth, mental health services for children and youth in the community, and the community assessment team, whose purpose is to avoid at-risk youth's penetration into the justice system or social service system by providing early crisis intervention and appropriate follow-up services. Chula vista promise neighborhood (cvpromise) is an initiative coordinated by south bay community services and brings together a collaboration of partners focused on family, education, health and community to provide children in castle park neighborhood with the kind of opportunities they need to excel in school, get into college, find good jobs and lead healthy lives. Services and programs are offered on five school campuses in the castle park community and includes early learning network of programs for families with children birth to five years of age; escuelita del futuro preschool; support services and programs during and after school for elementary, middle and high school students; academic advocate program; promotora program; food distribution, universidad de padres; parenting workshops; parent centers; literacy cafes and more.

children services:the organization's children's services provide children with the therapeutic, developmental, and educational support they need, in safe, healthy environments. Children's programs include mental health services, early periodic screening diagnosis and treatment, and community services for families. Services may include therapeutic playgroups or other settings which held children to develop the physical, mental, social, emotional, and creative skills needed for life. Children learn new ways of interacting in group settings and practice life skills and socialization skills. They discover mechanisms by which they can identify anger and impulsive behaviors within themselves, and techniques to change negative behaviors and attitudes into positive ones.

family wellness and self sufficiency:family wellness and self-sufficiency programs strengthen at-risk families and the connection with their communities through a comprehensive continuum of activities, opportunities, and services. Services include a continuum of shelters, counseling and supportive services, community advocacy, and self-sufficiency skills programs. Family wellness and self-sufficiency also includes community development which promotes economic development and neighborhood revitalization, the core of which are the development of affordable housing options, social enterprise development, and community youth development projects and economic advancement for low income south bay families. The organization has developed extensive housing opportunities.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The San Diego Reader article from February 17 was quite an expose of this organization. Anyone interested in this organization should read this article. It is shocking from so many perspectives.

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2011/feb/16/citylights2-south-bay-community-services

It discusses what looks like a pattern of falsification and what looks like a cover up and retaliation against the whistle-blowers. It appears the courts found evidence enough to proceed with a trial and that otherwise significant settlements were paid. It appears that Ms. Lembo was not even aware of the court documents that existed, namely what appears to be her own internal investigation which seemed to confirm that falsification occurred despite what she says.

This scandal occurred in the same year as the issue regarding Ms. Lembo awarding her own Board Member with a major contract and then failing to report it as required by IRS law.

The salaries of the administrative staff here and what appears, via another commentator, to be incestuous hiring practices ( Board Members and relatives of key staff), are of concern as well.

Certain non-profits seem to loose their way and this seemes to be one of them.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The shocking thing here is that probably this isn’t the first something like this has occurred in this organization. They just got caught this time. After all……..Who is really watching here??? How many others have benefited from such “deals”? Also, I was shock to hear some the high salaries the management team receives, shocking!!!!! For a non-profit organization that is committed to helping the community it seems like they are more interested in helping themselves first! Shame on you!!!
To be fair…..I do believe that there are some good people that work here but it seems like the poor quality of leadership is bringing this organization down.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.