The purpose of the National Night Out event is to bring neighbors and communities together, with cookouts, kid movies, coloring and painting activities, and other activities. This event brought together our police officers, Resident Services staff, maintenance staff, management staff and other crime prevention programs for the purpose of strengthening the local neighborhood and fighting crime. This past year National Night Out at Valencia Gardens congregated about 100 people. We had a great opportunity to create community, enjoy fun game activities for our children food and meet new faces!
Cooking Matters is a national program through 18 Reasons that offers 6 week long cooking and nutrition classes to families throughout the Bay Area. JPP had roughly 8-15 residents participate in each class, with a group of 12 residents successfully graduating from the program at the end. Over the 6 weeks we created delicious, healthy recipes such as sloppy joes with ground turkey, brown rice stir-fry’s, lentil soup, kale chips (a crowd favorite!), breakfast burritos, and mini pizzas. All of the participants left with new ideas of how to add healthy options to their diets, creative ways to make meals as a family, tips for reading nutrition labels, and alternatives for surgery beverages.