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Good Works: Detox facility coming to San Luis Obispo after B of A donation

By   /   Friday, May 28th, 2021  /   Comments Off on Good Works: Detox facility coming to San Luis Obispo after B of A donation

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The withdrawal treatment clinic is under construction at CAPSLO’s Homeless Services Center. (courtesy photo)

Bank of America has donated $250,000 to Community Action San Luis Obispo County, giving the nonprofit the last of the money it needs to open the county’s first drug detox clinic.

The medically assisted withdrawal treatment center is under construction already at CAPSLO’s Homeless Services Center on Prado Road, and is scheduled to open this summer, according to a news release from CAPSLO. It was originally funded by a state grant in 2019, but rising construction costs meant the group needed to raise private funds to finish it.

“Bank of America works with local agencies to help lift people out of poverty by getting them the critical services necessary to begin establishing stability in their lives once again. Addiction services can play a key role in holistic recovery and is why CAPSLO’s MAT Center is so important for the region, and we were glad to provide the capstone grant to finally help make this long-awaited project a reality,” Greg Bland, Bank of America’s president for San Luis Obispo, said in the CAPSLO news release.


The Gene Haas Foundation donated $500,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme in early May, bringing it closer to reaching its goal of raising $5 million.

The donation left the Boys & Girls Clubs with $1.3 million left to raise by June 30 to meet its goal, and it was on pace to succeed. The money will be used for facility upgrades, expanded technology resources, STEM centers, and more.

Haas’ donation will go toward new technology centers that will prepare children for the careers of tomorrow. He is the founder and CEO of Haas Automation, a machine tool manufacturer in Oxnard.


Allan Hancock College is more than halfway toward its goal of providing a year of free tuition and fees for all local high school students, after the community college’s foundation raised $290,000 during a year-long centennial celebration.

That brings the total funding for the Hancock Promise program to more than $5.4 million, the foundation announced during the college’s virtual Centennial Celebration event on May 22.

Hancock was established in 1920 and celebrated its centennial from May 2020 through the May 22, 2021 virtual event. Donations came from a wide range of local businesses, organization and individuals, including CoastHills Credit Union and local McDonald’s restaurants, both of which sponsored the virtual event, and the Murphy Foundation, which donated $50,000.

The Centennial Celebration took place the day after the college’s 2021 commencement, which included more than 500 members of the 2021 graduating class participating in a drive-up graduation ceremony.


St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard received an $88,000 grant from the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation, which the hospital will use to help equip four new labor and delivery rooms it plans to open this summer.

The hospital will purchase GE Panda infant warmers with the grant, according to a May 24 news release from Dignity Health, the hospital’s parent organization. The warmers include a pulse oximeter and heat sensors and allow newborns to remain at their mothers’ bedsides while nurses monitor their vital signs.

The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation gives primarily to cancer research and to organizations that provide for the health, education and welfare of children in Ventura County. It has donated to St. John’s since 2004 to improve its newborn intensive care unit and maternity and birth center.


Deckers Brands, the Goleta-based parent company of Ugg and Teva, will mark Pride Month with an all-gender footwear collection from its Sanuk brand and a $40,000 donation to the Pacific Pride Foundation in Santa Barbara. Deckers also said it will make an additional donation for every pair of shoes sold from the Sanuk collection.

Ugg is also releasing a collection of all-gender footwear in Pride-inspired designs, and the Ugg brand partnered this year with Pacific Pride to hold a virtual version of the organization’s annual “Proud Prom” for LGBTQ and allied youth.


The National Organization of Women Business Owners Santa Barbara Chapter has announced the winners of its annual “Bravo” awards and plans to honor them with a virtual event on June 3.

The winners are: Lauren Bragg of Feng Shui Collective and Wellness Vixen, the NAWBO Member of the Year; Maeda Palius with Palius O’Kelley Janzez CPAs, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; Amber Wallace of Dowitcher Designs, the Woman Business Owner of the Year; Reese Large, a junior high school student who started Real Life apparel and is the Rising Star of the Year; Claire Krock of Peabody Charter School, the Education Advocate of the Year; the Philanthropic Champion, Veronica Williams of Stand 4 One; Dr. Lynn Fitzgibbons of Cottage Health, the Public Policy Leader of the Year; and Ashe Brown of Pura Luna Apothecary, named an Entrepreneur to Watch.

The awards will be presented virtually on June 3, from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets include a happy hour gift basket are on sale at

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