By aligning our chapter and city centers under a unified theme each year, we are able to address the needs of our local community in a relevant and meaningful way. We focus our work in our communities and organizations that we can impact through design.
The 2020 theme is Design for Dignity
We support organizations who believe that the strength of our society can be measured by the way we treat our most vulnerable populations. These organizations provide the comfort, care, and resources necessary for the dignity and equal-access of everyone.
2019 Design for the Future
2018 Design for Wellness
2017 Design for Empowerment
2020 Design for dignity
With our theme of Design for Dignity, we are especially excited to be working with such diverse organizations this year.
The select organizations are:
- East Bay City Center, Side by Side
- North Bay City Center, Becoming Independent
- Sacramento City Center, Next Move
- San Francisco City Center, Creativity Explored
- Silicon Valley City Center, Life Moves
Creativity Explored, in San Francisco, was founded in 1983. They belief that all people have the ability to create and that artistic expression leads to enhanced personal wellness. They work with artists with developmental disabilities and provide them with a means to create and share their work. Creativity Explored artists gain a strong sense of self, greater independence, self-confidence, and purpose!
Side by Side operates across the Bay Area with programs in Marin, Alameda, Sonoma, and Napa counties. They work with young people ages 5-26 and their family members with critical services that span behavioral and mental health, early intervention in schools, LGBTQ support, transitional housing, and special education. Side by Side works with youth to teach them necessary skills to transition successfully into adulthood. And what a history!! Side by Side has had some name changes, but you can trace them all the way back to 1895, making them the oldest organization in our group!
Next Move, in Sacramento, has been around since 1972. Their mission is to help individuals and families with children achieve self-reliance. They provide transitional housing, clothes, hygiene kits, counciling, job searching, resume writing, bus passes. Their goal is to get families off the street, back to work, and back to a home! They support over 500 families in Sacramento every day!
Becoming Independent, located in Santa Rosa, has been elevating human abilities since 1967. They offer an array of programs for developmentally disabled people including education to teach life skills, health education, community connection, and social interactions. They provide support groups, physical education and personal care. And they also help them with vocational skills, job readiness skills and internships.
LifeMoves is based in Menlo Park, and they also work with homeless families and individuals to provide service and support to help get them off the street. They operate 17 facilities from Daly City to San Jose, where they provide food, shelter and clothing to the homeless . They also provide counseling and mental health services, childcare, and job and housing assistance. With more than 40 years experience, LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties
Vice President: Lauri VanWert
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