Every year The Salvation Army puts on a 5k holiday fun run. The run is free - all they ask is that you bring a toy for a needy child. December 13th happened to be the nastiest, windy, rainy day so far this year. I went out there anyway. I couldn't decide whether to run or not. It would have been easy to drop the toys in the box and hop back into my warm car.
I realized that many millions of people have suffered way more than I would over the course of a little 3.1 mile run. I figured I could handle it. It turned out to be somewhat fun but the pelting sideways rain made me grimace. I was soaked-through long before the halfway mark but I survived and got my free donut and coffee at the end.
Thank you Shopes and Roys for pitching in some extra toys for me to drop in the box.
Oh, forgot to mention - our intern, Saagar, elected to get back into his warm car rather than brave the elements with the seasoned senior project manager.
For the better part of 15 years Ken Blanchard's Raving Fans has been mandatory reading for all Ascenters. The book reminds us that we're on a quest to provide outstanding customer service by improving 1% every day.
We've had our successes, at times where we've fallen short and occasionally we're not quite sure. We got this the other day and we'll let you decide...
"... you guys made an otherwise painful project into something almost enjoyable." Anonymous
Last Friday several of us had the privilege of delivering pumpkins to Alhambra Daycare Center. We arrived in our Ascent truck (thank you Superintendent Richard Beane for letting us borrow yours), and began unloading 60 huge pumpkins. While the kids filed out of the building, we watched their eyes light up as soon as they recognized our cargo. Some immediately began jumping up and down and chattering excitedly with one another while others simply waited quietly for their turn with huge smiles on their faces. It was a treat to see how excited the kids were, and we couldn't help but laugh as we witnessed some of them attempt to pick up pumpkins as big as themselves! Overall, it was a happy day for everyone.
Did you know? Back in 2011, Ascent completed Alhambra Daycare Center for The Salvation Army (Click here to see the project page.) We're excited that four years later it's growing and still serving the community!
We attended the Salvation Army’s annual E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Center sponsor appreciation luncheon. Lunch was served in the courtyard of the 34-unit apartment complex renovated in 2011. Touching stories were shared by participants of the program as well as a bit of comic relief provided by TSA personnel and sponsors alike. A wonderful time was had by all, and awareness was raised for this magnificent and much needed program.
The Transitional Living Center is a complex providing struggling families with structured programs and an opportunity to live in a safe apartment for six months to two years. In addition to the warmth and stability of their furnished units, families take advantage of important social services programs, including daily counseling to help them find stable housing and employment. The complex is also a clean and sober environment, offering recovery and prevention services. The breadth of this program truly transforms the lives of Sacramento families.
It is evident that The Salvation Army’s slogan “Doing the Most Good” is a sincere statement and applies directly to E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Center. We are honored and humbled to participate in sponsoring a family home and are grateful to The Salvation Army for creating such a worthy program to support.
Ascent Builders was joined by Rod Johnson and John Buckel of Capital Partners and Dan Eriksson and Kevin Wilcox of Comstock Johnson Architects at this year’s Salvation Army Spirit Of Caring Community Luncheon. It was great to get together with our friends and business partners as The Salvation Army honored Chris Granger and the Sacramento Kings.
A Great big thanks to those who attended our 4th annual “Wellness Within Gala”…this year’s event brought in upward of $70,000. All the funds raised will help grow the Wellness Within center that offers services to cancer patients and their families; such as counseling, nutrition, relaxation, meditation, yoga, nature walks and expressive arts such as photography and journaling…and did we mention the services are free!
The Gala was well-planned, down to the smallest of details - and there were sooooo many details! We had several local restaurants, wineries & breweries, a silent & live auction, comedian Milt Able (so funnnny!) and the best MC ever; Doug Brauner of “The Car Czar Show”.
Thanks again for supporting this amazing cause and if you missed this year’s event hopefully you can join us next year!!!
September 19, 2014 is International Park(ing) Day, where groups came together to build a parklet in a city parking space. This year we teamed up with Dreyfuss and Blackford to create a giant tetris-themedparklet in front of LowBrau, part of the MARRS building in downtown Sacramento. Visitors could hang out in the foam lounge pieces loaned to us by Miles Treaster & Associates, and try to beat the high score on the life-size Tetris game created by Steven Colasanti. Talk about parking karma...
There isn’t much room for groups to meet outside at The Salvation Army’s Booth Family Services Transitional Living Center in Grass Valley so the deck is a coveted place for the families and staff to hold their meetings, relax, socialize and have an occasional BBQ. The problem was that the tired old deck was an accident waiting to happen.
So we kicked off the Labor Day weekend by doing something about it. Sergio Hernandez took charge of Superintendents Dan Roy, Dave Edwards, and Don Ferguson to get the job done. Joining them (from the office I might add) were Scott Kelly, Tyler Gahagan and Russ Mindt who lugged lumber, held the dumb end of the tape, arranged for lunch and tried not to get in the way. When the saw dust cleared the two groups found that they had a lot in common, especially aches and pains when it was over.
Well, it may not be ready for Sunset magazine but we think it turned out pretty darn good. The important thing is that it should provide “splinter free” fun for many years to come.
All of us at Ascent would like to thank the following companies for lending their financial support: Abbey Flooring, Berger Steel, Bevier Engineering, Bosley Electric, Comcept Technologies, Everman Drywall, Foothill Fire Protection, Gibson Construction, GRA Architecture, George & Sharon Osborne, Mark III, Porter Consulting, Rampart Enterprises, Roofco and RV Striping.
A very warm thank you to everyone who donated to our Red Kettle drive this Holiday Season. We didn't quite make it to our goal but its safe to say that $3,160 will make a big difference in a number of lives.
Thanks again... Next year we're going to clear $5,000 !!!
Did you ever see a playground created in 6 hours ???
Well, here's your chance...
More than 200 volunteers joined forces on October 6, to build a new playground at The Salvation Army E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Center in Sacramento. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children throughout the community who participated in a Design Day event in August.
“This is an incredible playground for the children in this program,” said Major Ray Yant, Salvation Army Sacramento County Coordinator. “I’m thankful that so many came out on their own free time to volunteer and make this playground a reality.”
The Transitional Living Center is a 34-unit complex, which allows homeless families to stay from six months to two years. The new playground will provide children living with their families at the facility with a safe place to play. Prior to the project, the children play in the Transitional Living Center’s parking lot because they did not have a playground to enjoy.
Many residents from the program took a hands-on approach to the playground project, participating in the planning committee and the actual construction of the playground. “Just to see the community come together with the blood, sweat and tears to make this happen is amazing,” said Greg, a program participant of the Transitional Living Center. “There have been times where it seems we haven’t been a community, but to see this come together gets me excited. I just can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Our favorite clown dropped by for a visit as part of the Shriners16th annual Kids-Day. Dimples loves kids and we love helping him and the Shriners in their mission to provide free medical care to children in need.
The story of Shriners Hospitals began more than 80 years ago with the dream of providing free medical care to children with polio, club foot, absence of limbs and other orthopaedic conditions. When the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922, the medical landscape was much different - polio was a national concern, there was no such thing as managed care, and not all families could afford to go to the doctor.
Shriners Hospitals have been a dream come true for thousands of families whose children suffered from the crippling effects of polio and other orthopaedic ailments. Hospital archives are filled with triumphant accounts of children who regained the ability to walk, and the independence and skills needed to lead active, productive lives.
Over the years, the Shriners gift of free care has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and provided doctors and scientists with opportunities to advance medicine through collaborative teaching and research.
Read more here: http://guide.sacbee.com/2007/08/24/890/kids-day-tuesday-october-4-2011.html#storylink=cpyead more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/02/4874356/special-kids-day-edition-of-the.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
For those of you with old, unused, broken electronics that need to get out of your garage, check out THE 2011 EARTH DAY ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT being held at Cal Expo and put together by SIMS RECYCLING SOLUTIONS.
You will be helping generate a donation to the Sacramento Habitat for Humanity.
Sacramento volunteers help Salvation Army help families By Loretta Kalb, Sacramento Bee
So he joined Monday in the effort with three friends and 11 family members.
As the cars rolled by and friends carted a box of food to each, Koppert, 21, talked about his need to participate.
"I came because I feel like it's the month of giving," said the Folsom Lake Community College student. "I do some good, make myself happy, and make others happy, put smiles on faces." He's been volunteering for this program since age 12, when a family member encouraged him to get involved.
About 150 volunteers from throughout the region were on hand. Some stood in the chill to carry the boxes of food that included frozen chickens, dry goods and ingredients for side dishes such as potatoes and stuffing.
Inside, where the bags of toys were lined neatly in rows, other volunteers checked for the basics: one main toy for each child, plus stocking stuffers, said Salvation Army spokesman Syd Fong.
In addition to the thousands of families expected to show up Monday, the Salvation Army is providing food and toys to the California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for distribution to 1,650 more families.
"We are really trying to serve the neediest people of Sacramento County," said David G. Bentley, Sacramento County coordinator for the Salvation Army.
Eligible families must fall below certain income levels to qualify as recipients. Those who arrived at Cal Expo brought the necessary paperwork.
Among the recipients was Beth DeWitt of Sacramento, whose friends drove her to Cal Expo so she could collect the items that would make her holiday at home with grandsons ages 4 and 2 a little brighter. Without this event, said the woman, "It would just be a little harder."
It was that recognition of hardship and need that moved many volunteers.
"I think it's a good idea to help out people who don't have gifts or money to afford them," said 16-year-old Brandon Herron, a senior at Natomas High School.
Herron started volunteering four years ago via his involvement with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, he said. He said he hopes after college to go into law enforcement.
"I feel good helping people," Herron added. "It makes me feel grateful for what I have."
It was Britani Roy's first time Monday volunteering for the annual Salvation Army event. The 16-year-old student at Woodcreek High School in Roseville was accompanying her father, Dan Roy, 44.
Together, they were checking bags for the needed assortment of toys and stocking stuffers. Being there was "cool," she said, and the extent of the need was eye-opening.
"It surprises me," Britani Roy said. "There are so many bags."