What's Happening at Project Access

Residents at Golden West Tower Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Posted on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 03:28 PM


What is Lunar New Year? It is a celebration that brings fun and laughter to a lot of our residents!

Also, known as Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year is a traditional, cultural day filled with much celebration and excitement. The senior citizens at the Senior Resource Center at Golden West Tower in Torrance, CA kicked off this well-known cultural holiday with Project Access. The senior citizens with a Chinese cultural background were quick to show-off their tradition by showcasing their traditional clothing and traditional snacks. Not only was the day filled with activities led by the senior citizens with Chinese cultural backgrounds, but it was also well-received by senior citizens of all backgrounds. Other residents came together to learn, interact, and even participate in all the festivities related to the Lunar New Year. Just as the Lunar New Year signifies a new beginning to a calendar year, the senior citizens were able to start and create new bonds with one another.

Topics: Seniors, Community Building

Project Access Youth Deliver Valentine's Surprise to Seniors

Posted on Sat, Feb 14, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

We're pretty sure this will warm your heart! Thanks to our donors, Project Access youth were able to surprise a few of our seniors for Valentine's Day. All of the seniors were grateful for the visit and that someone out there was thinking about them for Valentine's Day. The seniors selected were from single occupancy apartment homes. Our goal with this campaign was to bring some happiness to our seniors and to show them that someone out there cares about them! Take a look at the photos!

And don't fret- if you feel so compelled, we can still make a delivery to our seniors even after Valentine's Day! Please consider making a donation at: http://project-access.org/valentines-gram









Topics: Seniors

Staff Spotlight - Nicole Jones

Posted on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

nicoleName: Nicole Jones

Nickname (if any): I have many, Nykki being what most people know me as here. I have been called Noni, Malaika and also ZiZi. All these names have stories that come with them.

What do you do for Project Access: I coordinate programs and services at two different senior centers in the Bay Area, St. Josephs and The Coronet

What are you most looking forward to at your new position?: Well I absolutely love gardening, and there are some lovely on site plots so I am excited to do some programing around gardening and nutrition with the residents. My pie in the sky project would be to have a small little mobile farmers market here, perhaps involving some youth from the neighborhood.

What do you do for yourself? (for fun/hobbies/side business/etc): I love cooking fish and rice in various ways. I adore traveling to new places, especially tropical ones with good food and I also enjoy dancing salsa. Oh and I love taking very long walks on the beach.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?: Mmmm, one of my most dear friends, who has now passed on, gave me a lovely ornate silver bangle that belonged to his mother from India. I never take it off.

What’s your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it? Dia de los Muertos. It’s the perfect blend of fun, culture, love and celebration of those who have passed on in a very loving way.

Do you have any special talents (aside from being awesome of course)?: Awww, thanks! I am good a guessing peoples zodiac signs. 

Topics: Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight - Cara Lee and Alex Garcia

Posted on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

In this edition of Staff Spotlight, meet two new members of the Project Access family, Cara and Alex, who are holding down the fort at our new San Diego Family Resource Center at Meadowbrook Apartments


Name: Cara Lee. (Actually my married name is "Yoo", but I haven't officially changed my last name yet, so it's legally still "Lee".)

Nickname (if any): I don't think I had a nickname. However, my name in Spanish means "face", and some friends back in high school would call me "You, face!")

What do you do for Project Access: Service Specialist

What are you most looking forward to at your new position?: I am really looking forward to getting to know the community and establishing trusting relationships with residents!

What do you do for yourself? (for fun/hobbies/side business/etc): I love walking/running with my dog, traveling and exploring different food cruises with my husband, and helping my church youth group with praise (music) band. 

What is your biggest Pet Peeve? This might sound funny, but one of my biggest pet peeves is when guys are wearing white socks with black shoes, sandals or slippers (AKA "fashion terrorists")


Name: Alex Garcia

Nickname: Copy Machine (when I was a kid, I had the tendency to do my homework in class during the lesson. Since I was done with the homework, my friends would ask to copy, hence the name) Al G. (that’s what my sister has always called me)

What do you do for Project Access: Service Coordinator

What are you most looking forward to at your new position?: Helping everyone I work with to move forward, whether that means learning their multiplication tables, learning to create a document in Microsoft Word, or simply taking some time to learn how to cook a healthy meal for their respective family and friends.

What do you do for yourself? (for fun/hobbies/side business/etc): I play sports. It’s my release. And concerts. I go to many concerts.

What is a surprising fact about yourself?: I’ve run over 16 marathons.

Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse?: I think so. I’ve run quite a few miles in my day. I am pretty resourceful, so I should be able to do okay. 


Interested in joining the Project Access team? Check out our employment page for opportunities!

Topics: Project Access, Staff Spotlight, Q&A

DIY - Vision Board

Posted on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Have some leftover cardboard lying around? Here is a simple DIY arts and crafts activity you can do in your After-School Program called Vision Boards.

Youth at the Project Access Family Resource Center at Meadowbrook Apartments in San Diego, CA created vision boards as an enrichment activity to kick off the year. The vision boards have images that they cut out of magazines and pasted onto the cardboard that represent their likes and what they aspire to become one day. What a great youth craft to help boost self-esteem!.



Cardboard (or some kind of posterboard, card stock, or construction paper)
Markers, crayons, colored pencils

For other ideas, check out our pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/projectaccess/ 

Topics: Education for Youth, Youth, Education, DIY

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