What's Happening at Project Access

Staff Spotlight - Cambria Bowman and Jessica Collado

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 01:55 PM

cambria-1Name: Cambria Bowman

What do you do for Project Access: I am the Service Coordinator at Whispering Pines in Phoenix.

What are you most looking forward to at your new position?: I am super excited to open a brand new center and to build relationships and connections with the Phoenix community. I am also looking forward to starting my After School Program and getting that off the ground.

What do you do for yourself? (for fun/hobbies/side business/etc): First, I teach yoga and I love doing that, as well as taking classes. Arizona is a great place to be outdoors (except in the summer!) and I love going hiking and taking my dog out to new places. I also am a big shopper and love traveling.

Would you rather eat pizza every day for the rest of your life, or only be able to eat it once a year? Pizza every day!!

Who is your celebrity doppelganger? Oh goodness, I have been told Emma Roberts a few times, but that's the only consistent once I hear!

Who would you rather save you, Batman or Superman? Batman, forever!


jessicacName: Jessica Collado

Nickname (if any): Jess or Collis 

What do you do for Project Access: Service Coordinator in AZ 

What are you most looking forward to at your new position?: Meeting our residents, working with kids again :) and having an outlet for my creative brain

What do you do for yourself? (for fun/hobbies/side business/etc): Read, sew, paint, working on reviving my blog

If you could bring someone famous back from the dead, who would you choose and why? Martin Luther King Jr., he has been my hero since forever! He brought truth, awareness and peace to an issue that continues to plague our country-racisim-we will never know the extent of his influence because his life was cut too short. It be an honor to talk and be in his presence. 

What is your favorite potato chip flavor? it varies but I love Black Pepper or Salt and Vinegar

Who is your favorite Disney Villain? Cruella de Vil (she was a bit crazy)

National Youth Science Day with 4-H and Project Access

Posted on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Check out a video montage of our Project Access youth across the entire state of California working on a science project where they launched their own rockets and learned about rocket science and aerospace engineering. Thank you to 4-H for collaborating with us on this project, as we know STEM education is important to the future of our youth!

For more information on the project, please visit: http://www.4-h.org/4-h-national-youth-science-day/ 

Partnership Highlight - 18 Reasons

Posted on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 02:02 PM


We just need one reason to love 18 Reasons!

18 Reasons shares their culinary skills and creativity with our Bay Area communities through “Cooking Matters,” a program offering free, six-week-long series of cooking and nutrition classes. The instructors come prepared with all the ingredients and recipes they need to whip up healthy and delicious foods to cook during class, and enough for the residents to take home to recreate their culinary masterpieces for their families!

Aside from being a fun cooking class, the residents learn about important topics such as what a healthy plate consists of, what healthy fats are, facts and myths of the nutrition world, and what nutrients can be found in the foods they eat and what that means for your health.

The class appeals to all ages and ethnic groups in the community. Annabelle Sibthorpe, the Service Coordinator at our Oakland sites, loves to see so many different people who wouldn’t normally interact, working together towards a common goal.

Everyone loves the classes at our sites in Oakland! Ms. Georgia, one of the seniors at Keller Plaza, lost 27 pounds since attending the classes! She learned the importance of eating breakfast and starting the day off right at the classes and has a better understanding of what a healthy plate looks like. Ms. Georgia will be amongst the graduating class after the 6 week course is done. Each graduate receives a cook book, cutting board, chef’s hat, and certificate.

Bon Appétit!

To learn more about 18 Reasons, visit their website at: https://18reasons.org/cooking-matters

Topics: Project Access, Affordable Housing, Capacity Building for Adults, partnership highlight, Health, Success Story

Staff Spotlight - Maribel Najera

Posted on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

maribelName: Maribel Najera

Nickname (if any): Mary

What do you do for Project Access: Service Coordinator for Harbor Village in Harbor City

What are you most looking forward to at your new position?: I am looking forward to getting creative with the children in terms of the activities and crafts we will be doing in our After School Program!  I love to see the children's faces when they are amazed at how our world works through difference science projects/experiments.

What do you do for yourself? (for fun/hobbies/side business/etc): I love to play tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.  I am an outdoors person and I enjoy hiking and camping in Idyllwild, Big Bear, Palm Springs, and Zion.  I also enjoy spending time playing with my 4 year old Blue Pitbull, Bruce.

If you had to only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would that meal be? A Turkey and havarti sandwich.

Describe your perfect day: Hiking and camping in the mountains.

Who is your celebrity crush?: Steven Tyler :)

Topics: Project Access, Staff Spotlight, Q&A

Project Access Staff Retreat - The Innovation Games

Posted on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

On Friday, August 18, tributes from Districts all over SoCal, Arizona, and Colorado assembled at the The Outlets at Orange for the Annual Staff Retreat titled The Innovation Games. Our hosts from the Capitol, Reggie Managé (Regional Manager, James Le) and Humana Resoursa (Human Resources, Allison Stanley) rode in to greet the troops in style.



The Districts were handed a packet of instructions, an envelope of money, and a set of rules to guide them through their journey in the arena. And they were off, racing against the other Districts in the hopes of being crowned the winners of the Innovation Games! Unlike the Hunger Games, no one was killed in the process, but lots of fun was to be had! Tributes were challenged to a scavenger hunt with tasks such as rock climbing, eating large amounts of cotton candy, finding hidden items, forming human pretzels while eating pretzels, and much more.

Once the time was up, the Districts turned in their packets to Reggie Managé and brainstormed how we could be more innovative at Project Access. Our staff being as amazing as they are, came up with a lot of ideas on how to work better as an organization, be more connected together as staff, and even make our processes more efficient.

Then we all came together for lunch at Dave and Busters…which of course turned into an impromptu Karaoke party! Even our CEO & President, Kristin Byrnes, serenaded us with her angelic voice! And no party is complete without the Cupid Shuffle! (Sorry, photos of these were lost in the process!)

If you can believe it, we played even MORE games still! Staff were given D&B cards with points to try to earn as many tickets as they can at the arcade. Each 100 tickets earned was redeemable for 1 raffle ticket for raffle prizes!

You must be dying to know who won the Innovation Games, so were we!!! Here are the results:

Coming in at 3rd place….


Second best…


And the winners of the Innovation Games…


Lastly, staff who had been with the company for 5+ years were recognized for all of their hard work and dedication to Project Access.

It was a fabulous day! We laughed, we danced, we sang, and we bonded! We all forged new friendships with staff who had been with the company for 10 years, all the way to staff who had just started 3 days prior. And that’s what makes us such a great team!

Happy Innovation Games, and May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor!

Topics: Project Access, Staff Spotlight, Summer, Staff Development, Staff Retreat

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