Santa Paula Times

CMH clinic, Isbell chorus and Habitat for Humanity highlighted at GMSP!

May 16, 2001
Santa Paula News
A new Ventura hospital medical clinic, a taste of Broadway and a community effort to build an affordable home were on the agenda of the Good Morning Santa Paula! gathering held May 8th. By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesA new Ventura hospital medical clinic, a taste of Broadway and a community effort to build an affordable home were on the agenda of the Good Morning Santa Paula! gathering held May 8th.The Chamber of Commerce sponsored event was hosted by Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) of Ventura/Santa Paula Center for Family Health at Logsdon’s at the Airport.Kay Woodburn of CMH said the outpatient health care clinic opened this week on East Harvard Boulevard. “. . . with this, Community Memorial Hospital is continuing its tradition of trying to meet the health care needs of the Santa Clara Valley, as in Fillmore and now Santa Paula.”The clinic is a geared towards “primary care” and has a full array of services including drug screening and accepts all insurance plus Medical/Medicare. “The clinic is staffed by a full-time physician,” Dr. Victor Dominguez, who is “looking forward to becoming an integral part of Santa Paula. . .by being connected to Community Memorial Hospital, he will have access to whatever type of medical care is needed by the Santa Paula community,” including specialized care, Woodburn said. “. . .the goal of the center and Dr. Dominguez is to become an integral part of the community, and we want you to feel welcome there as a part of the community.”Donna Nelson presented the Isbell Middle School Chorus - including McKevett School students - who presented a concert of famous show tunes to give GMSP! attendees a taste of what’s in store at a special upcoming weekend concert, A Broadway Review.The review is a joint musical venture between the middle school and McKevett Elementary, the district’s Performing Arts Magnet school. The 11 students performed a variety of songs ranging from the vintage to the contemporary.It’s obvious that Habitat for Humanity has much to offer the community, said Joe Jauregui, but the community has plenty to offer the affordable housing program.
Jauregui , the project coordinator for its sponsor, the Santa Paula Rotary Club, said the club decided to lead the effort because it recognized the need for such housing in the community: “Housing is a big issue in Santa Paula now and affordable housing a concern of many citizens.”Addressing blight and bringing more areas “up to snuff” is addressed by Habitat, he added, and provides a paying customer for city services.A vacant lot sold by the city to Habitat for $1 will be the site of the new home, whose owner will have “more of a stake in the community,” while providing stability and shelter to a family, which Jauregui said his main reason for interest.As a school principal, “I see a lot of kids with a lot of barriers in their lives that prevent them from doing well in school,” including the lack of clean and safe housing. Habitat will “build a stronger community. . .it’s like a barn-raising,” with many hands helping, including “sweat equity” from the future occupants.Santa Paula is a generous community and although there are many needs, Jauregui said the Rotary Club must raise at least $35,000 to start construction and about $11,000 has been donated so far: the balance of the $70,000 total price can be in donations of materials and in kind donations. The city has an October deadline for the project to start, he added.There are creative - and painless - ways to donate, he added, including automatic checking account withdrawals. “Send it [a donation form] in for any amount,” urged Jauregui urged. “Five dollars, anything. . .”