Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Stands with AAPI Community + Resources Page

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center send our condolences to the loved ones and victims targeted and killed in Georgia. We are saddened and hurt by the fear the Asian and Pacific Islander community is experiencing, including an uptick in violence and hate crimes in the past year.

We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community, and we will do our part to share and amplify our community partners who are providing resources for the local Asian community. We call on all San Diegans to learn more and act against all forms of hate, racism and xenophobia to protect our neighbors and make our community welcoming to all.

If you have any resources or organizations you’d like us to add to the list below for us to share, please email info@jacobscenter.org.

Resources for AAPI Community:

Support San Diego AAPI Organizations:

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March Diamond Snapshot: COVID-19 Vaccine Sites, Architecture Career Panel and Health Fair!

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Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Growing Community Partnerships in 2021

New Community Board Member, Staff with Proven Dedication to Southeastern San Diego Join Nonprofit

SAN DIEGO (March 1, 2021) – Southeastern San Diego has much to offer – its passionate residents, businesses and organizations, community spirit and culture. Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation remains dedicated to this vibrant community and growing partnerships, projects and resources in 2021.

To strengthen these efforts, Jacobs Center has announced new board member Louie Nguyen, CFA, who is dedicated to economic development in Southeastern San Diego; promotion of Christie Marcella to executive director to build on Jacobs Center’s critical work; and new director of development operations and institutional advancement Selina Castillo Hudgins to bring attention to philanthropic support needed for neighborhood projects.

“Our mission has always been about a thriving community envisioned and realized by its residents. These key team members have a proven passion for this mission and have already made an impact in Southeastern San Diego,” said Reginald Jones, president and CEO of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. “In partnership with others, we continue to prioritize the entire community through physical development, economic opportunities, neighborhood resources and cultural arts. Our approach is simple and grounded in equity and social justice.”

Louie Nguyen, CFA, is the Jacobs Center’s newest community board member. He joins the board’s two additional community members, Paul Robinson and Juan Carlos Hernandez, as important voices at the organization’s board level to lead and advise. Nguyen’s commitment to Southeastern San Diego is clear in his current role as Chief Investment Officer at Mission Driven Finance, a private impact investment boutique that provides opportunities to easily invest in the community to solve social pain points.

Through Mission Driven Finance, he recently played a key role in bringing Access Youth Academy, a nonprofit organization that helps train youth to be first-generation college students through the sport of squash – all at no cost to the area. The campus will also offer recreation spaces and meeting rooms for the general community to use for free and is set to open this summer.

Nguyen is also excited to bring his nearly 25 years as a skilled investor to the CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Advocacy Council, helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses and jobs within San Diego through the region’s first low-to-moderate income and diversity-focused business accelerator program. The program recently held its third Union Bank Start-Up Pitch Competition, awarding $15,000 in business grants to three diverse women-owned businesses.

Christie Marcella has been promoted to executive director of the organization. In her previous position as community and economic development officer, Marcella spent much of her focus on building and strengthening partnerships with local organizations on their home turf, intuitively fostering a collaborative environment of shared resources, including the Jacobs Center’s meeting spaces, communications expertise, and regional relationships. She is often heard asking, “How can we do something now that will help our organizations 10 years from now?”

Attentive and responsive to supporting residents directly impacted by COVID-19,  Marcella worked to establish the Southeastern San Diego COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund with The San Diego Foundation, which supported 33 nonprofits to directly help the community during the pandemic, and set up multiple and weekly food drive-thru events in the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center parking lot. She also serves as co-chair of the Economic Activities Working Group for the San Diego Promise Zone and serves on Mayor Todd Gloria’s BackToWorkSD workforce development group. 

Selina Castillo Hudgins is the Jacobs Center’s new director of development operations and institutional advancement. Hudgins’ passion for the mission is finding ways to increase philanthropic support for Southeastern San Diego that benefits the community for the long-term. Hired for her proven fund development experience, she has a successful background in determining organization needs, developing partner programs for community growth and strengthening fundraising efforts.

In this newly created position, Hudgins will collaborate to grow key programs like the Business Resource Center, cultural arts partnerships, community engagement opportunities and general operations support. She will also be leading Jacobs Center’s communications to continue interacting and updating the general community, partners and donors.

To learn more about how the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation supports community development and partnerships in Southeastern San Diego, visit jacobscenter.org. For sponsorship and program support opportunities, please contact Hudgins at schudgins@jacobscenter.org.

About Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is focused on building communities and lifting lives. As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations and partners to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills and educational success. Learn more at jacobscenter.org and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.


February Diamond Snapshot: Free Flu Shots, SD Museum Month, Lunar New Year Celebration and more!

Learn more about what’s going on in your community this February by reading the Diamond Snapshot e-newsletter, highlighting free flu shot clinics, emergency rental assistance and various medical and financial resources and more! You can subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter today and learn more resources for you and community updates – click below for more information!

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APRIL DIAMOND SNAPSHOT: COVID-19 Vaccine Sites, After School Care at the Jacobs Center and More!

Check out what’s happening in your community this month by reading April’s Diamond Snapshot e-newsletter. From access to COVID-19 vaccine site locators, AAPI community resources and FREE programs for teens, stay updated on the latest happenings in the Southeastern San Diego Community by subscribing today!

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Help Available to Pay Past-Due Rent and Utilities Due to COVID-19 Hardship

A new program can help pay past-due, unpaid rent and utilities for qualifying San Diego City residents with low income who experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The application from the City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program is available at covidassistance.sdhc.org

For questions or help with the application, call 619-535-6921 or contact one of these community-based organizations:

 The San Diego Housing Commission administers the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program for the City of San Diego.



Versión en español a continuación.

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has opened up the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall for the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA to operate a Part-Day Enrichment program for Southeastern San Diego youth ages 5-14 years old. Financial assistance is available to help eligible families through Child Development Associates and the YMCA of San Diego County’s Childcare Resource Service. Financial assistance is also available through the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA’s scholarship program. Families should apply regardless of ability to pay!

This program is providing neighborhood families and youth a safe, social and educational place to be Monday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.
This program includes:

  • A daily meal
  • Activities like arts & crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and literacy education

This program is made possible in partnership with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA.

Funding assistance is available for eligible families based on gross income (before taxes), family size and other needs. You can check if you are eligible through:

From there, you can get your children registered for the part-day Enrichment Program at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation! For more information and assistance registering, please call 619-264-0144.

Visit www.ymcasd.org/jackierobinson for more information or contact cpena@ymcasd.org for any questions.

¿Necesitan sus hijos (de 5 a 14 años) un lugar divertido y seguro para ir después de la escuela durante el día? ¡Regístrelos para elPrograma de Enriquecimiento de YMCA de medio día en el Centro Joe & Vi Jacobs!

Este programa ofrece a las familias y a los jóvenes del vecindario un lugar seguro, social y educativo para estar de lunes a viernes, de 2 a 6 p.m. Incluye una comida diaria y actividades como artes y manualidades, STEM (ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas) y alfabetización. educación.

Se anima a todas las familias a que presenten su solicitud independientemente de su capacidad de pago. La asistencia financiera está disponible para familias elegibles según los ingresos brutos (antes de impuestos), el tamaño de la familia y otras necesidades. Puede verificar si es elegible a través de:

Este programa es posible en asociación con Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation y Jackie Robinson Family YMCA.
Para obtener más información y asistencia para registrarse, por favor llame al 619-264-0144.


Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation CEO Reginald Jones Awarded Organizational Excellence Award from The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, San Diego’s largest African American publication, has selected Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation President and CEO Reginald Jones as one of its Organizational Excellence Honorees. This award represents organizations’ continuous service to the communities during the COVID-19 crisis, providing lifesaving and consistent support. The awards will be distributed virtually at the publication’s annual gala called “Continuing a History of Service,” happening on Friday, February 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. To register, click here.

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation would like to thank Dr. John Warren and The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint for the honor, and is proud to be among one of five nonprofits recognized, along with San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego Hip Hop & Wellness 5k & Festival, Paving Great Futures and I Am My Brother’s Keeper, all of which have made great contributions to the community.

The Jacobs Center has been and continues to provide resources that support the Southeastern San Diego community throughout the pandemic. Past efforts include:

  • Establishing the Southeastern San Diego COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund with the San Diego Foundation. Together, they distributed $107,000 in funds and personal protective equipment to community-based organizations, serving over 10,000 community members with food, transportation, senior support, mental health services and other emergency needs.
  • Hosting multiple and weekly food drives and drive-thru events in the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center parking lot, including ones hosted by I Am My Brother’s Keeper and KIPP Adelante Academy. With the long lines, it is a critical need for the community right now.
  • Providing a way to help keep art and culture alive throughout the pandemic, through “Be About It” virtual event to promote nonprofits with spoken word artist Gil Sotu, the Pop-up Art Gallery @ Market Creek Plaza, partnering with Common Ground Theater and the Southeast Art Team.   

Jacobs Center is fortunate to continue to help serve the Southeastern San Diego community, where all cultures are embraced and where residents create the future they envisioned. They hope the community continues to take advantage of the resources available and will continue to share them on its website and social channels – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram


January Diamond Snapshot: TEXT 911, Get Job Skills and More!

Learn more about what’s going on in your community this January by reading the Diamond Snapshot e-newsletter, highlighting job skills programs, a survey from your city councilmember’s office, Southeastern San Diego’s FIRST pop-up art gallery and more! You can subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter today and learn more resources for you and community updates – click below for more information!

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COVID-19 Resources for San Diego’s Diverse Communities

The County of San Diego has identified and partnered with diverse organizations to provide accurate COVID-19 information on preventing the spread of the virus, testing and the vaccine for San Diego’s communities. Please visit the websites below for up-to-date information and resources.  

If you’re part of a nonprofit organization, consider sharing this information on your various outreach channels to further distribute these important messages.

Together Against COVID & Multicultural Health Foundation

Together Against COVID is the Multicultural Health Foundation’s COVID-19 outreach to African American and Black communities. Its website provides the facts on COVID-19 through videos, testing information, vaccine updates and more to keep San Diego’s Black community safe from COVID-19. Plus, the foundation hosts free monthly virtual events featuring leading medical professionals answering frequently asked questions.

Follow along on Facebook.

San Diego Latino Health Coalition & Chicano Federation

San Diego Latino Health Coalition está conformado por organizaciones establecidas y con lazos estrechos en la comunidad latina. Es nuestra meta reducir la velocidad de infección del COVID-19, incrementar el acceso a información esencial, incrementar la participación en pruebas de Covid-19 y seguimiento de contactos, y lo más importante, salvar vidas. San Diego Latino Health Coalition es una organización no gubernamental comprometida a protegerlos, confía en nosotros que su información permanecerá privada. Puedes comunicarte con nuestros miembros con cualquier cuestión relacionada a la salud. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarte! Llámenos para más información al 619-285-5600. Nosotros te podemos comunicar con el Centro de Recursos más cercano a ti.

The members of the San Diego Latino Health Coalition are established organizations with deep ties to the Latino community. Its goal is to reduce COVID-19 infection rates, increase access to vital information, increase participation in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and most importantly, save lives. The San Diego Latino Health Coalition is a non-governmental organization committed to protecting you.

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Union of Pan Asian Communities

The Union of Pan Asian Communities’ (UPAC) Community Health Worker Communication & Outreach Services is a program designed to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information and resources about COVID-19 to Asian Pacific Islander populations. Along with many digital resources, this program offers weekly COVID virtual sessions and town halls. Multilingual resources are provided in Burmese, Chinese, Karen, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

UPAC is collaborating with various community partners to outreach to Asian Pacific Islanders in the San Diego County area. If you would like to receive outreach materials or collaborate on this project, please contact Program Coordinator Dominic De Los Reyes at ddelosreyes@upacsd.com. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Ihsan Health Initiative

The Ihsan Health Initiative is a community response to provide information and resources for refugees and immigrants in San Diego County during the COVID-19 pandemic led by Somali Family Service of San Diego.

The Ihsan Health Initiative aims to:

  • Provide timely and updated public health and safety information
  • Use the expertise and trust of community health workers representing the Arab, Somali, and Congolese communities
  • Provide resources and navigation for refugees to access healthcare and social services

Click here to sign up for more information on upcoming town hall meetings. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

CFC San Diego: For the community, in the community, by the community

Get a FREE rapid COVID-19 test at the Jacobs Center and get your results in 20 to 30 minutes. No appointment is needed and the tests are available to anyone ages six years and up. You can call 619-643-4965 for any questions or check out their schedule for more information.

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In addition, the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 page includes information about testing sites, daily updates, health orders and mental health resources. You can also text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to get text alert updates.

For more information on other resources, such as food/meals, internet and business, read Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s Health & Safety Resources blog.

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