July 5 at 10:03am

The July, 2013 Community Connector is now available

Partnerships and Collaboration Are Shifting the Landscape

Last month, in our first-ever issue of the Community Connector, I mentioned there was a growing collaboration of organizations in North County, working together to tackle our region’s toughest challenges. This month’s edition of the Community Connector highlights just a few examples.

In this – just our second issue – we’ve received submissions about collaborative initiatives happening across North County – some of them dramatic, other heartwarming, but each significant as a snapshot of the bigger story of the good work being done in our communities.

Our cover story this month is about a bold new project by the Alliance for Regional Solutions to end homelessness in North County. There may be no better example of collaboration that the Alliance, which brings together representatives from nonprofit agencies, local school districts, colleges and universities, local hospitals, and city officials to address community needs.

The merger of two of North San Diego’s largest, and longest-standing social service agencies – Interfaith and Community Resource Center – stands as another example of a close partnership resulting in a dramatic merger to create a single nonprofit that is more efficient and effective. We think you’ll see why this is big news for the local nonprofit community.

The contributions of the local faith community to collaborative efforts often go unheralded, so this month we highlight a heartwarming story of how folks from the local LDS and Methodist communities came together to help Education COMPACT meet the challenge of moving into their new space after losing their old one.

Community Housing Works has space available to help homeless veterans get back on the road to stability, and we learn a little more about how their effort partners with others to accomplish this goal.

Last but not least, we’re pleased to welcome Fernando Sañudo, CEO of the Vista Community Clinic, as a guest editorialist. Fernando shares some important information about the big changes in health care coming in less than 100 days as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

It’s an amazing privilege to publish a news-magazine with such important community information. Please be sure to share this with others, and reach out with your story ideas and suggestions. We want to hear from you! If you have any story ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at editor@interfaithservices.org.