Neighborhood Wellness Foundation

The Neighborhood Wellness Foundation's mission is to disrupt intergenerational poverty and trauma in Del Paso Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. We use an interdisciplinary team approach to build self-efficacy, team members, including community mentors, promote mental health wellness, educational/vocational attainment and workforce readiness.

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Address: 3805 Clay Street
Sacramento, CA 95838
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Gina Warren
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-335-8818
The Neighborhood Wellness Foundation (NWF) was founded in 2015 with the purpose of promoting health and wellness in North Sacramento's urban Del Paso Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. We bring decades of academic, professional, and real life experiences to our services and programs. We offer a grassroots, "boots on the ground" approach to our work that provides a level of connectedness and authenticity to the Del Paso Heights community that is unmatched. NWF's staff and volunteers have generational roots in DPH and are adept to serve the highest need African-American population challenged with low educational attainment, generational poverty, childhood adversity, community trauma, unemployment, and incarceration. We are determined and committed to build healthy and socioeconomic equitable environments for our neighborhood families.

When we listen to the real life stories of the children, the teenager, the mother, the father, and the entire family; we feel the enormity of their daily life struggles, their resilience to survive and their desire to flourish amidst their monumental socioeconomic inequities. In listening, we learn of the neighborhood history and the generational triumphs and tribulations. We learn of the multitude of resources needed, including the intangible self-esteem, self-efficacy, work and school readiness, conflict resolution and hope; none of which are captured in quantitative data. Most importantly, we are reminded how critical it is to bring awareness and resources to address the unspoken and deeply rooted complexities of unresolved childhood and adult trauma that continuously impacts our community's spirit, hope, growth and development.
NWF leadership works voluntarily and we pride ourselves on the authenticity and proficiency of our work to ensure all resources reach the needs of our neighborhood residents. They deserve to grow up and live in a healthy environment-socially, emotionally, physically, scholastically, and economically. We partner and collaborate with all who share our mission. This includes small businesses in our community as well as outside businesses, neighborhood community-based organizations, and other non-profits who serve our residents. We provide resource stipends to men and women from the community to bring a grassroots perspective and an unmatched approach to effectively outreach for our initiatives and our services. We empower these community ambassadors and they in turn create a wider safety net for the broader community. We ensure all NWF donations significantly contribute to the health and wellness of our neighborhood residents. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Program - $100,400 for iNnovators Academy: A program for the highest need students at Grant HS who have G.P.A. 1.0 and below. Structured to address childhood adversity and improve behavior, truancy, educational engagement, diploma attainment, and career opportunities. - Five Mentors*: $50,000 ($1,000 each per month including school breaks); Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister* - Healthy Hot Lunch, three days a week: $36,000 ($5 per student per day) - Outdoor education: Crocker Art Museum, Google, Intel, College Tours, etc.: $7,000 - Gift Cards to Movies, Restaurants, Clothing for Engagement/Achievement: $5,000 - Program Materials: 60 Student t-shirts and School Bags: $2,400 ($40 per student) 2. Funding: Program - $37,200 for Sister to Sister: Mentorship and Resource Guidance to the Highest Need African-American girls and women in Del Paso Heights: - Healthy Meals twice weekly: $20,000 - Documentary/Photographer for all work: $8,000 - On special occasions (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentines) we would like to provide candy, turkeys, trees, and gifts: $5,000 - Program Materials: T-shirts, journals, art material for vision boards and healing methods: $3,000 - Funds are needed to purchase feminine products and basic hygiene necessities the girls and women need but cannot afford: $1,200 3. Funding: Unrestricted - $4,000: Neighborhood Wellness Foundation often receives various requests for basic necessities from our neighborhood residents; help us meet unexpected family needs. Support us in developing in resource materials for residents, transportation to educational/developmental events, gift certificates to guest speakers, and food for volunteers at events. 4. In-Kind Donations - Christmas with Neighbors donations of new or gently used clothes, toys, home goods, blankets, sleeping bags, breakfast foods: pancake mix, syrup, eggs and sausages, table decorations, Christmas candy, stockings, breakfast paper products, electric griddles (one time donation). 5. In-Kind Donations - Breakfast foods for Christmas with Neighbors Program: pancake mix, syrup, eggs and sausages, table decorations, Christmas candy, stockings and breakfast paper products.
"I believe all lives are worth saving. I encourage us to recognize the correlation of unspoken and unaddressed generational Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Trauma with social and emotional inequities in our neighborhoods. NWF is guided by the voices of our community, the real life stories and supported by the community health needs assessment data. We will direct resources and build partnerships to address the root causes of the social determinants impacting the overall health of our 95838 community and surrounding neighborhoods. We will connect resources to address low educational attainment, low skill development, unemployment, and poor quality health care awareness and knowledge. Last and most defining, we will connect services to address adverse childhood experiences and trauma. A neighborhood that is equipped with invaluable resources that address all social determinants of health has the ability to self-manage and thrive. We want to eliminate the crisis management in the lives of our families."

Dr. Gina Warren
Executive Director
Neighborhood Wellness Foundation
-- Dr. Gina Warren, Executive Director