Diamond Snapshot: Jacobs Center’s January Newsletter

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CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center’s Community Open House

The Jacobs Center will also provide the opportunity to learn more its involvement in ongoing community projects including, but not limited to, the Euclid + Market Complete Streets Project and Southwest Village affordable housing development. There will be an information booth on the ground floor of the Jacobs Center – visit before heading upstairs to the Community Open House.


Diamond Snapshot: Jacobs Center’s December Newsletter

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“Fall Into Arts” Film Series: MOANA! Recap Video

Over the summer, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation hosted a series of five FREE, culturally diverse events entitled Fall Into Arts. 

On August 23, as part of Jacobs Presents “Fall Into Arts: Film Series,” the Moana cast of six San Diego Junior Theatre artists performed some of the greatest hits from Disney’s Moana, before a screening of the film. This FREE event brought the community together to enjoy a night of family fun – filled with singing, dancing, character meet and greets, and more.

Here is some of the feedback we heard from community members who attended:

  • “These are the types of things that make a community a community.”
  • “We really appreciate the Jacobs Center for doing this.”
  • “It’s not just a movie screening. It’s showing what the community has to offer”
  • “It was really fun!”
  • “Thank you, Jacobs Center!”

Check out more by watching our recap video.


Remembering Barbara Day

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is saddened by the loss of cherished community member Barbara Day. Day dedicated her life to servicing the community. Day’s goodwill, generosity and commitment to others will be greatly missed. Day consulted and engaged in community outreach at the Jacobs Center, and led the initial public offering (IPO) for Jacobs as she sought to redevelop the neighborhood where she grew up, affording its residents improved services and support.

A service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 to honor her memory:
Entombment Service
Tuesday, December 3
10-11 a.m.
Garden Chapel
Greenwood Memorial Park and Mortuary
4300 Imperial Avenue

To view Barbara Day’s obituary, please visit greenwoodmemorial.com.


President & CEO Reginald Jones Recognized as One of San Diego Metro’s Men of Influence

Congratulations to Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s President & CEO Reginald Jones for being named one of San Diego Metro’s 2019 Men of Influence! Since 2012, Jones has overseen the organization’s missions and goals. Currently, he leads efforts to develop enduring partnerships that create equitable, community-driven change in Southeastern San Diego, focusing on physical development and economic opportunity.

Jones works daily with culturally diverse residents, organizations, political leaders and private entities to foster understanding of the organization’s intent, seek input and build collaboration for ambitious neighborhood revitalization efforts. The Jacobs Center is grateful for his hard work and history of excellent leadership.

Learn more by visiting sdmetro.com.


Diamond Snapshot: Jacobs Center’s November Newsletter

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Southeastern and Encanto Communities: Development Opportunities on the Rise

Join us at Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and a discussion on the current development of Southeastern San Diego – including community revitalization initiatives spearheaded by Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation – and potential future opportunities and challenges.

Hosted by Urban Land Institute San Diego, the panel discussion features experts in urban design and real estate development, including CityMark Development Vice President Russ Haley, Silvergate Development Principal Ian Gill and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation President Reginald Jones.

Learn about future of Southeastern San Diego! Register today.



‘Kitchens For Good’ Gives Those in Need a Second-Chance With Culinary Careers

Kitchens for Good, located in the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, has transformed the lives of hundreds of individuals by providing tuition-free culinary job training to formerly incarcerated adults, survivors of domestic violence and more.

“I was going down the wrong path, living a life of crime, living a dangerous lifestyle. Four months ago, I was sitting in a cold prison cell. Today, I’m a chef”, said Tee Smith, a recent Kitchens for Good program graduate .

Kitchens for Good also works directly with farmers and wholesale companies to rescue surplus or cosmetically imperfect produce that might otherwise go to waste. These food donations are then used to make healthy meals for those in need.

Learn more about Kitchens for Good, via KUSI News.

To make a donation or volunteer, please visit kitchensforgood.org.


Kitchens for Good Changes Lives Through Culinary Career Paths

Kitchens for Good at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center continues to benefit people through the passion of cooking. Since its founding in 2014, the nonprofit that tackles issues of food waste, poverty and hunger, has helped more than 300 individuals transition from incarceration, homelessness and foster care to careers in the culinary industry.

Learn more via The San Diego Business Journal.


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