Jessica Doidge’s Community Involvement with Home Start
SCMV associate Jessica Doidge is working to ensure that at-risk children have a bright future. Jessica serves as a member of the board of directors of Home Start, a nonprofit organization that helps families identify and use their strengths to build a better future for themselves.
Jessica was invited to join the Home Start board in 2018 and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“The board experience has allowed me to broaden my understanding of the needs of the local community and be a part of the solution to strengthen families and protect children,” says Jessica. “The staff and volunteers of Home Start are wonderful to work with and are fully committed to making a difference.”
In 2018, the organization served over 28,000 families in San Diego and surrounding counties. Using a community-based collaborative effort to reach children and families at risk in order to prevent child abuse and neglect, Home Start provides home-and-center based services on a free of charge or sliding scale. These programs include:
Community Services for Families (CSF)
Promoting child safety, child well-being, and stable living environments.
Maternity Housing Program (MHP)
Providing pregnant or parenting homeless women ages 18-24 and their children with housing and wrap-around supportive services.
Behavioral Health Services (BHS)
Providing therapy services to children, families, and adults.
First 5 First Steps (F5FS)
Providing in-home parent education to pregnant women and their families.
Communities in Action (CinA)
Offering families a hand up through a continuum of care, including employment services, financial coaching, and income support.
If you’d like to help Home Start with its mission, visit the Home Start Thrift Boutique Store in Normal Heights. There you will find a carefully curated selection of gently used and vintage clothing, household goods, and furniture. The revenue from the boutique helps support Home Start’s programs. Clients of the organization are employed there, giving them on-the-job training and valuable skills.
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek congratulates Home Start on its great work and Jessica on her determination to help others.