California Human Development and Innovative Health Solutions Promotes Food Security of Older Adults in Solano County

Food Forest to be Implemented at Older Adult Living Community June 2021
Innovative Health Solutions, a public health nonprofit organization, today announced plan to support older adult health and food security by leading the implementation of a food forest in Solano County with funds provided by Napa/Solano Area Agency on Aging using the Cal Fresh Healthy Living Grant. The urban agroforestry system will yield fresh fruits and vegetables and provide space for physical activity programming for 135 low-income older adults at Parkway Plaza a low-income older adult apartment community located in Fairfield, CA.

Innovative Health Solutions is collaborating with Sustainable Solano on this effort to execute health-centered, environmental changes that will benefit the older adult community. This pocket of sustenance will contain fruit trees, planting berms, and integrated seating areas. It is an opportunity to protect not only the physical health of older adults, but also their mental and emotional wellbeing.

“More than ever after this unprecedented past year, we are excited to bring our community back together,” said Jenalee Dawson, Social Services Coordinator at Parkway Plaza “Innovative Health Solutions and Sustainable Solano have brought the opportunity to not only grow food but also grow a community by reconnecting residents who have been sheltered at home and isolated. The many benefits of this gardening project will extend beyond food security, as the garden will provide fresh vegetables, space for physical exercise and social relationships will be strengthened through this community gardening project.”

“I think it will unify people,” explained Martha Farr, resident of Parkway Plaza. “Everybody needs a little garden; it gives them something that is their own.”
Martha wakes up early most days to tend to her gardening box – she tells stories of eating fresh chiles, but also of using her garden to bridge unlikely connections between residents. This summer, Martha will sow seeds in the food forest, planting new veggies, and strengthening relationships.

Athena House Goes Camping

This April, residents of Athena House had the opportunity to venture off the grounds of their residential community to be together in nature for a camping trip. The women of Athena House are experiencing the transformational journey of recovery and nature and can enrich that process. Throughout Athena House’s history, there has always been a desire to include the outdoors as part of the healing process. This camping trip became the first experience honoring that desire. All of the residents who attended were thrilled to participate. This trip created a deeper level of unity for the women in recovery at Athena House. More importantly, this showed that their recovery journey will bring new forms of joy into their lives. Athena House hopes to make this an annual event in nature so all future residents of Stonehouse can experience the value of this trip into the wilderness.

CHD June Events

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait!- A Success Story

The challenges associated with immigrating to the USA can be significant. The red tape and wait times alone can be exhausting, not to mention the interview process which most clients say is “SCARY”.

The long journey for this young couple started in 2016. Born in Laos and desiring to get married and live their life in the USA, this couple had quite a few hurdles to overcome: language barriers, travel restrictions, and financial constraints just to name a few.

In 2017, they were finally able to get married in the United States and were granted a 2-year conditional Visa. In 2019, the couple returned to CHD for help with an Adjustment of Status. We are proud to say the process was successful and our client who was seeking immigration assistance is now a Legal Permanent Resident. Congratulations to this happy couple. Good things come to those who wait! Good job CHD Immigration & Citizenship team!

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