November 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Get ready for the Holidays with the La Maestra Foundation.
Now through Christmas, Noble fir trees and Paul Ecke poinsettias are available for pickup in El Cajon and City Heights to benefit the La Maestra Foundation. To order, click here and view hours here. They also offer an inspiration gift for under the tree, available here. The Soul Speaks is the first book from La Maestra Publications celebrating the triumph of the human spirit.
The Soul Speaks is a compilation of real-life stories told by people who have come from all over the globe, eventually landing in inner-city San Diego. The book builds awareness by exposing readers to what “reality” is for people with different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. Each shares his or her experience about suffering through oppression, poverty and tragedy, living in survival mode, and finally finding the will and determination to escape, starting over and thriving in their new community, paying an immense price for freedom and opportunity.
In addition, every December, La Maestra distributes gifts to low income families including nutritious food, household items, clothing and toys. Last year they distributed to over 5,000 families, and expect a significant increase this year in the number of families who need extra help.
La Maestra is a 501 (c) 3 organization which mission is to “provide quality health care and education; to improve the overall well being of the family; bringing the under-served, ethnically diverse communities into the mainstream of our society, through a caring, effective, culturally and linguistically competent manner, respecting the dignity of all patients.”
They provide medical care, dental care, job training, micro-enterprise training, financial literacy skills, housing assistance, insurance eligibility, food pantry, and translation and interpretation services, including 91,351 patient visits per year (more than 350 per day) in their clinics.
Their main facilities are located in City Heights, as well as medical clinics in El Cajon, Lemon Grove and National City.