The Reading Club and Parenting Seminars
Alma Community Care – San Diego, California
- Emerging Leader: Carrie Anne Sandoval
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $15,000
- Dates of Grant Term: February 2019 – February 2021
Carrie Anne Sandoval has served as the Executive Director of Alma Community Care (ACC), San Diego, Calif., since the organization launched in the summer of 2016. The vision of ACC is to provide comprehensive Christian care to the residents of Greater Logan Heights, an overlooked and underserved inner-city community comprised of six distinct neighborhoods with roughly 40,000 residents.
Sandoval graduated from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss., in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. She spent two years as a project engineer in Atlanta, Ga., before moving into a project management role in the international missions department at Perimeter Church, Atlanta, for five years. During her last two years there, Sandoval managed more than 12 international leadership development clinics in three countries bringing local church leaders together to serve their city and grow in their understanding and implementation of discipleship. In 2012, Sandoval transitioned to Generis, Atlanta, as an Executive Director of Client Services where she served 15-25 churches each year in the planning and execution of their capital campaigns.
Sandoval and her husband, Chris, moved to San Diego in 2013 to plant a church and two and half years later, with a team of 30 dedicated believers, Servant Church of San Diego was launched. Alma Community Care grew out of the church’s desire to start a Gospel-centered nonprofit focused on mental health and community development.
In the fall of 2017, Alma Community Care (ACC) launched The Reading Club at Burbank Elementary School in the Greater Logan Heights neighborhood. This after-school reading club focuses on 2nd through 5th graders who need extra help. ACC volunteers spend approximately one hour with these students twice a week, reading with them, working on creative reading exercises, and reading the Jesus Storybook Bible with them. The Reading Club keeps children moving and engaged through the use of volunteer-staffed reading stations, each focusing on a different aspect of helping them to learn and love reading. Expansion of the program will include recruitment of more volunteers to increase the number of students served, to expand the grade levels served, and ultimately to expand to more local schools.
ACC also offers monthly Parenting Seminars to families in Greater Logan Heights at two school sites. Local bilingual behavioral health professionals (including licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and psychologists) lead three-hour workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings that includes a light breakfast, a Scripture-based devotional, and Bible-themed childcare.