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Center for Academic Excellence 

Girl Scouts San Diego

The girls in our After School Program had an amazing 4 weeks with the Girls Scouts learning about various STEM subjects!

Center for Growth & Empowerment 

2017 Holiday  Season

Housing on Merit hosted two holiday programs to bring holiday joy to our residents at Rio Vista. This year we partnered with Nestor United Methodist Church to provide nutritious Thanksgiving meals to many of our residents. In addition, we hosted our 3rd Annual Cookie Decorating Party to celebrate the holiday season. This year we partnered with Toys for Tots and the San Diego Police Department to distribute toys to kids in the community. We had a total of 30 children register and each received a toy!

2nd Annual Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

Housing on Merit hosted its 2nd Annual Cookie Decorating Party at Rio Vista to celebrate the holiday season. This year we partnered with San Diego Toys for Tots to distribute toys to the kids in the community. We had a total of 19 kids register and each received a toy and stuffed animal.

Soccer Clinic with the Women’s Soccer Team from San Diego City College 

A huge thank you to the Women’s Soccer team from San Diego City College for organizing a soccer clinic for our youth! The team ran drills, taught participants the basics of soccer, and played a few games. Each participant received a backpack donated by 4Imprint’s One by One Program, and a soccer ball generously donated by the team!

Balboa Park Community Access Pass

Housing on Merit has partnered with Balboa Park’s Community Access Pass program to provide our residents with free annual passes to the park for the entire family. With the passes, our residents can visit 18 museums at the park. This is a great opportunity for the kids to explore art, science, and educational exhibitions throughout the year.

First Annual Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

Housing on Merit hosted a holiday themed cookie decorating party for the residents at Rio Vista. The festivities included cookie decorating, snacks, and lots of presents!

Sony Bike Donation

Housing on Merit, in partnership with Positive Adventures, received a very generous donation of 12 bicycles from Sony. In addition to the bikes the kids also got backpacks filled with amazing gifts! We can’t thank you enough Sony and Positive Adventures for the smiles you put on the faces of the kids at Rio Vista.

Center for Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness Fair

Housing on Merit hosted its 1st Annual Health & Wellness fair in partnership with San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC). SYHC provided health services to residents including breast cancer screening, WIC application assistance, Medi-Cal information table, and referrals for follow-up services. SYHC also provided our youth with a healthy eating class and fun prizes! We thank SYHC for their continued support of residents.

Community Garden

The Rio Vista Community Garden allows residents to grow flowers, vegetables, and fruits. We are thankful to our wonderful volunteer instructor and the San Diego Master Gardeners for providing classes on the essentials of gardening.

Fitness Class

Outdoor Fitness Classes promote active living among residents of all ages!

Nutrition Education Course

This course was brought to Rio Vista by the University of California Cooperative Extension. Participants in the course gained essential knowledge about making healthy eating choices, and access to healthy foods.

Medical Mobile Unit

Thanks to our partners at the San Ysidro Health Center we’ve offered onsite medical services to our residents since 2015. 
Fire Department Station 29 Visit

We are thankful to the San Diego Fire Department’s Station 29 Firefighters, for visiting Rio Vista! The residents learned everything they needed to know about what to do in case of a fire related emergency.