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One thousand people kept from homelessness by the Homeless Prevention Fund

The Homeless Prevention Fund helped to move the homeless out of the river bottom and into housing.

By Jill Forman

Over 20,000 individuals in the City of Ventura have household incomes that leave no room for emergencies.  One-time financial difficulties such as a car repair, accident, illness or job cutback can result in the loss of housing even for employed families; nearly half the homeless each year have never been in this situation before.  Sometimes, all they need is assistance to get them through this temporary crisis, and they can keep their homes – 50% of homelessness can be prevented.

On December 16, the Homeless Prevention Fund helped its 1000th individual to remain housed.  Since 2007, the Fund has assisted 381 households with 1004 people.  50 households were aided in 2015: 80 adults and 50 children.

When a family loses its housing, the financial and human costs are astronomical.  Living on the streets or in substandard housing is detrimental to physical and mental health.  This puts increased demands on local hospitals, law enforcement, and emergency services.  And, it is more difficult and costly to get back into a home: rent needs to be paid up front, security deposits, and so on.  It has been estimated that up to $20,000 in services can be needed before a family is restored to housing.

In contrast, the Fund’s average cost to help with a one-time rental assistance is $500 per household, or $192 per person.  A case manager works with the recipients to ensure that a household budget is in place that will keep their housing costs paid for the future.  Over 90% of the families are still in their homes at follow-up nine months later.

The Fund has always been completely funded by donations from individuals and religious institutions.  There are no administrative costs; case managers from local social service agencies can use it as another tool in their efforts.  All the others involved are community volunteers.  100% of all donations goes directly into the Fund, preventing homelessness in the city of Ventura.

In 2003, the Fund incorporated and formed its own 501(c)-3.  A board of local supporters and businesspeople came together to take the organization to a new level of independence and effectiveness.

The Fund has been recognized by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness as one of eight innovative programs nationwide, achieving results in preventing homelessness.

To reach the Fund, donate or for further information, visit Venturahomelessprevention.org or contact Sue Brinkmeyer at 626-0363.

 

Tall ships return to Ventura Harbor

Photos by John Ferritto

stuff tall ships insetOn Saturday, Jan.16 the Tall Ships had their grand arrival as they sailed into the Ventura Harbor for their three weeks of sailing adventures, cannon battles, and educational programs for young people. The brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to stay in Ventura Harbor until  Feb. 8.

 

Day Island boat beached on Pierpont beach in Ventura

Photo by Cindy Summers

On Jan.10, at 10:18pm the Ventura City Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a large commercial fishing vessel aground in the surf line in front of Woodstock Ln. Ventura. Upon arrival Ventura City Ocean Rescue personnel discovered 3 adult fishermen still on board. With waves crashing into the vessel and washing over the decks rescuers were able to safely remove all people from the vessel and bring them to the beach. None of the people on board the boat were injured.

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California State Parks, California Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard were notified of the incident and responded to the scene. Several hundred gallons of diesel fuel were reported to still be on board the boat. Salvage operations will begin as conditions allow.

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Tall ships return to Ventura Harbor

Photo of  by John Ferritto

A movie star tall ship and her companion return to Ventura this winter for more than three weeks of sailing adventures, cannon battles, and educational programs for young people. The brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to sail into Ventura Harbor Village January 15 and stay until  February 8.

New this year are three Evening Sails on Wednesday January 20, January 27, and February 3. These 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. excursions are opportunities for individuals and families – who are unable to sail on the weekends – to enjoy an educational and relaxing experience on an authentic tall ship. Passengers are encouraged to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or just soak up an ocean sunset. Tickets are $35 each.

The Ventura stop also includes the popular Battle Sails, which are three hour recreations of a typical 18th century cannon duel between two tall ships using real cannons, and gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $75 for adults, and $67 for seniors (62+). Students with ID, active military, and children 12 and under are $39.

 

CMHS promotes Cynthia Fahey to VP of Patient Care Services

 Fahey joined CMHS in 2012 as Clinical Quality Coordinator.

Cynthia Fahey, R.N., interim Chief Nursing Officer at Community Memorial Health System, has been promoted to Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

Fahey joined CMHS in 2012 as the Clinical Quality Coordinator, then as Director of Quality, before serving CMHS as Interim Chief Nursing Officer. She came to CMHS after serving six years as Executive Director of the Perinatal Advisory Council in Tarzana, where she was responsible for the organization’s operating plan and services for 44 hospitals in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties, where 54 percent of births occur in California.

“Cynthia has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the nursing field having served in many leadership, auditing and advisory council roles,” said Gary Wilde, President & CEO of CMHS. “Equally important, she is a problem solver, a listener and an effective collaborator among clinicians.”

Before coming to CMHS, Fahey began her extensive nursing career as a registered nurse at local hospitals in Ventura County. In 1982 she began employment at Ventura County Medical Center and worked in various positions in both inpatient and outpatient departments. In 2000 Fahey transferred to the Public Health Department eventually serving as the Maternal Child Health Coordinator, before accepting the position at the Perinatal Advisory Council.

Fahey received her nursing diploma from the Los Angeles County/USC School of Nursing and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

 

 

PGA Tour pre-qualifying tournaments to be held in Ventura

Olivas Links is an award-winning 18-hole golf facility.

The Olivas Links will play host to pre-qualifying tournaments for both of the upcoming PGA Tour tournaments in the Southern California region, the Farmers Insurance Open and the Northern Trust Open.  Pre-qualifiers provide an opportunity for professionals and amateurs to earn a spot in the Monday qualifier preceding each PGA Tour tournament.  The pre-qualifying round at Olivas Links for the Farmers Insurance Open will be held Wednesday, January 20th and the pre-qualifying round for the Northern Trust Open will be held Wednesday, February 10th.  Registration and more information for these tournaments is available through the SCPGA at www.scpga.com.

“We are thrilled to host the SCPGA for these pre-qualifier events and look forward to letting Olivas Links showcase itself as a top-tier tournament venue,” said Carl-Van Vallier, General Manager of Olivas Links.

For more information about the golf course, visit www.olivaslinks.com

 

 

 

New West Symphony Harmony Project provides music instruction

Music students performed at Bell Arts and Sheridan Way School.

Students from the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County recently presented two concerts in Ventura.

On Dec. 10 they performed at Sheridan Way School, to a standing room only crowd. One-hundred students performed.

The second concert was on Dec. 12 at the Bell Arts Factory and featured 40 middle school students, mostly from De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts.

youth harmony project2The New West Symphony Harmony Project provides after-school music instruction to 140 underserved third through eighth grade children in West Ventura. Due to great interest, there is a waiting list.

Funded largely through individual donations and community and foundation grants, the program was founded in 2011 by Ventura arts philanthropists Sandra and Jordan Laby.

New students entering the program begin in a Musicianship Class where they learn fundamental music skills with the use of recorders, recycled percussion instruments, and singing.  All students in the Musicianship Class learn to read music, improvise, and perform. After satisfying the beginning class requirements students transition to orchestral instruments. They learn band, string ensemble, Son Jarocho ensemble, chamber groups, and Jazz/Improvisation.

To learn more about the New West Symphony, and the Harmony Project of Ventura County, visit newwestsymphony.org.

 

Elite Theatre Company presents one-act festival Jan. 15th – Feb. 7th

The Elite Theatre Company is proud to present its 7th Annual One-Act Play Festival, opening Friday, January 15th and playing to February 7th. The plays are a compilation of the winners of the 2015 One-Act Play Writing Competition chosen from nearly 100 submissions from North American playwrights.

The selections are both dramatic and comedic, and include a love story with a twist, a marriage on the rocks, and a lonely woman seeking contact with the outside world. The Elite Theatre Company is the only theater in Ventura County that regularly showcases new plays by both known and unknown playwrights, as part of our goal to produce and promote new works to our patrons.

All tickets are $15.00. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays 8.00pmand Sundays at 2.00pm.

The Elite Theatre is located in the Channel Island’s Fisherman’s Wharf at 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard CA 93035. For more info please visit http://www.elitetheatre.org/ or call 483.5118.

Update on Sandbags

The City of Ventura Maintenance Yard parking lot at 336 Sanjon Rd will have sand, bags and shovels as supplies last and will continue to refill as possible. Supplies are currently NOT available at Fire Station #1 or #6. The Ventura County Fire Department is also providing sandbags the phone number for more information is 805-389-9710.

If residents observe mud/debris in city streets or other non-emergency flooding problems, they can call Ventura Public Works at 805-652-4252.