Pictured left to right: Jasmine Honaker (CSS Assistant Manager), Jane Mygatt (Vice President, Board Member, Buena Vista Audubon), Natalie Shapiro (Executive Director, Buena Vista Audubon), and Karina Martinez (CSS Facility Manager)
Carlsbad Self Storage's first donation went to The Buena Vista Audubon Society which was chartered in 1951 as the coastal North San Diego County chapter of the National Audubon Society and has approximately 1,300 member households. BVAS programs help foster knowledge and appreciation for the plants and animals that make up the natural ecosystem of the community.
Carlsbad Self Storage (CSS) Assistant Manager, Jasmine Honaker described the team's visit to the center. "We met with Natalie and Jane at the Buena Vista Nature Center where they gave us a tour. The nature center consists of preserved wildlife such as native birds, mammals, and reptiles. The BVAS focuses on educational programs for children as well as community conservation of native habitats. The organization relies on donations to operate and provide such educational activities."
The team at CSS appreciates the mission of The Buena Vista Audubon Society. Facility Manager, Karina Martinez added that the Buena Vista Nature Center played a big role in her elementary school days. She always looked forward to participating in the walking field trips from her school to the Nature Center. "My team would like to see the BVAS continue to provide those educational opportunities for Carlsbad children, Karina said.
The second donation was to La Posada de Guadalupe. The purpose of La Posada de Guadalupe and of Homeless Men’s Services is to provide men with tools to improve their quality of life, retain their personal dignity and help welcome them back into their communities.
Pictured left to right: Jasmine Honaker (CSS Assistant Manager), La Posada staff member, and Karina Martinez (CSS Facility Manager)
Carlsbad Self Storage Facility Manager, Karina Martinez, recalled the staff visit to the shelter. "We met with Yolanda at the homeless shelter for men where she gave us a short tour. The facility offers dorm-style living with a capacity of 50 people, a serene patio area, a laundry room, as well as a food hall. We caught Mary Lise Debedts in the kitchen (pictured above). She runs the kitchen every day to provide hot meals for the men. The program assists with transportation, housing options, job opportunities, and other resources which are critical for improving quality of life. Staff meets with individuals and creates a custom agenda to achieve personal goals, allowing for the individuals to focus on their specific needs. Because the organization offers an abundance of resources, La Posada relies on donations to assist with program services."
Pictured above is Mary Lisa Debedts who provides hot meals to those in need.
As a Carlsbad native, Karina is proud to know that such programs are available in her city. "When we are in need of help, it is nice to know that our community is able to offer support and guidance," she said.