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We give thanks for our fortune by helping where and when we can. For that opportunity, we are even richer. The Golden Door Foundation was founded in 2013 to show our support to improving our communities, both globally and locally, as humanity is a shared simple thread woven around the world. It is our privilege to be involved in the stories below….
Golden Door is passionate about the values and principles that we share with our beneficiary charities. We believe in changing lives. We believe that responsibility extends beyond our walls. As a show of support to those involved in making the world a more loving, more humane and more peaceful place, we have pledged 100% of our net profits from the resort to select charities in support of their missions.
In this video, a word from Golden Door General Manager Kathy Van Ness.
Golden Door has joined with the local government of Escondido, California, to keep the doors open at Forensic Health Services, which helps victims of child abuse and sexual assault. The Golden Door Foundation made a $75,000 unrestricted contribution to support the vital work of Forensic Health Services on the campus of the Palomar Health Center in Escondido. Forensic Health Services is the critical first step for child victims of abuse or molestation, as well as adult victims of sexual assault, to help law enforcement gather evidence for criminal prosecution.
“It is our privilege to support the work of Forensic Health Services,” said Kathy Van Ness, general manager and chief operating officer of Golden Door. “The center provides a critical service to children and adults who need every opportunity for physical, mental and emotional health support from our community.”
North County law enforcement officials bring victims to the center, where trained staff is available around the clock to provide medical services. Forensic Health Services works closely with local investigative and prosecutorial agencies to provide complete state-of-the-art assessments that may be used in court later.
From December 31, 2013, to December 31, 2014, Forensic Health Services treated 912 victims, according to the Palomar Health Foundation. Of those treated, 173 were sexual assault exams of victims age 14 and older; 301 were forensic interviews of children age 3 and older; and 438 were foster child health assessments from birth on.
“The caring staff of Forensic Health Services are experts who help victims through the profound trauma of sexual abuse and violence with great sensitivity,” said Van Ness. “We cannot eliminate the scars of abuse, but we can help the people who can help them heal faster.”
Brightly colored textiles made in Ghana, Guatemala, Thailand and Uganda graced the runway at a March 2015 fashion show to benefit Whole Planet Foundation®, which raises funds to alleviate poverty in communities around the world that supply Whole Foods Market® stores with products. Golden Door was pleased to participate in the event, which raised $100,000.
That amount will fund 523 new microcredit loans, based on the current average first loan size of $191, and help 2,615 people in 63 countries, according to Whole Planet Foundation®. The microcredit loans are repaid and re-loaned again and again, at an average repayment rate of 97 percent. Based on the Foundation’s “Impact Calculator,” each $100,000 raised will help 40,450,671 people during a span of 60 years.
“We are thrilled to assist with a project that has such an immediate and lasting impact to help empower people throughout the world,” said Kathy Van Ness, general manager and chief operating officer of Golden Door. “Each loan given to an entrepreneur helps nurture their energy and creativity to support themselves and an average of four other people.”
Golden Door is honored to be a key partner in helping raise funds with this organization, which works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. “I Have a Dream” Foundation sponsors an entire grade at an inner-city elementary school and stays with those students for more than 10 years. They provide after-school and summer programs, academic and cultural enrichment, counseling services, arts instruction, mentors and tutors. When a “Dreamer” graduates from high school, the Foundation can supplement other college or career-training scholarships with a “last-dollar scholarship” for uncovered expenses.
“The long-term, comprehensive approach of ‘I Have a Dream’ Foundation equips children with the skills, knowledge and habits they need to succeed in higher education, in fulfilling careers and as productive citizens,” said Kathy Van Ness, general manager and chief operating officer of Golden Door. “Students have an opportunity to experience the world beyond their neighborhoods, to understand that anything is possible and then to work toward realizing their dreams.”
Proton therapy, a form of radiation therapy especially advantageous for children, is offered at the 102,000-square-foot Scripps Proton Therapy Center in conjunction with Rady Children’s Hospital. Scripps is one of only 15 proton treatment centers in the country and the first to treat patients exclusively with highly accurate pencil-beam scanning. Golden Door supports this local commitment to children’s health and is participating in the Scripps fundraiser on May 7, 2015.
“This treatment is especially important for children’s brain and central nervous system tumors, where conventional radiation can have terrible side effects,” said Kathy Van Ness, general manager and chief operating officer of Golden Door. “Rady Children’s Hospital serves as the brain cancer referral center for the entire western United States, so their program, in conjunction with Scripps, helps thousands of children and young adults.”
Donald B. Kearns, M.D., acting president of Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego, says that proton therapy is particularly effective in brain tumors to help avoid learning disabilities, reduced IQ scores and other potential lifelong side effects. Proton therapy, which draws on decades of research and development, also can reduce the long-term likelihood of new tumors caused by initial radiation treatments.
Global Health Committee’s Zahara Center, currently under construction using sustainable methods, is located in Sebeta on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When it opens, the Center will provide HIV counseling for children and the expertise to address needs of children infected with HIV/AIDS. The facility also will serve as a Center of Excellence, offering care for children with drug-resistant tuberculosis.
As a leader in nutrition education, the Golden Door knows how important proper nutrition is to our overall health and spirit. When we learned of the opportunity to help provide nutrition-packed fresh produce to child patients at the Center, we looked to Golden Door’s land expert, Jeff Dawson, to work with their architects to design food gardens for them.