Tuesday, July 25 , 2017, 3:24 pm | Fair 72º

 
 
 
Your Health: A Noozhawk partnership with Cottage Health

Covenant Retirement Communities Awards College Scholarship to Samarkand Employee

In an effort to support employees in their personal and professional development, Covenant Retirement Communities, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit senior services providers, awarded a Paul V. Peterson Scholarship to Hugo Valencia, a human resources assistant at The Samarkand in Santa Barbara, a faith-based, nonprofit, continuing care retirement community administered by CRC.

Hugo Valencia
Hugo Valencia

The $2,000 scholarship will help fund Valencia’s studies in human resource management at UC Santa Barbara.

The scholarship is one of eight — totaling $15,000 — awarded to Covenant Retirement Communities employees and their dependents.

The Paul V. Peterson Scholarship, named for a former president of CRC, is awarded to employees at Covenant Retirement Communities who are enrolled in a class or program that supports and is beneficial to his/her employment with CRC, an individual campus and/or its residents.

“By sponsoring scholarships for employees and their dependents, we are helping each individual grow,” said Deborah Tate, Covenant Retirement Communities vice president of human resources. “Covenant Retirement Communities is dedicated to individual development and fulfillment. The scholarships underscore that key commitment.”

A selection committee reviewed 55 applications from its communities nationwide and based awards on educational and career pursuits consistent with CRC values; an essay demonstrating a defined educational/career goal; and the employee’s good standing with CRC or an individual campus for at least one year.

“In the year that he’s been at The Samarkand, Hugo has demonstrated a commitment to CRC’s values and a true desire to listen, understand and serve,” Samarkand Executive Director Ruth Grande said. “We were delighted to hear that CRC chose to support his career goals by awarding this scholarship. It’s a benefit to both Hugo and The Samarkand.”

Valencia lives in Santa Barbara.

— Ruth Grande represents Covenant Retirement Communities.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



 

Special Reports

Heroin Rising
<p>Lizette Correa shares a moment with her 9-month-old daughter, Layla, outside their Goleta home. Correa is about to graduate from Project Recovery, a program of the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, and is determined to overcome her heroin addiction — for herself and for her daughter. “I look at her and I think ‘I need to be here for her and I need to show her an example, I don’t want her to see me and learn about drugs’,” she says.</p>

In Struggle to Get Clean, and Stay That Way, Young Mother Battles Heroin Addiction

Santa Barbara County sounds alarm as opiate drug use escalates, spreads into mainstream population
Safety Net Series
<p>Charles Condelos, a retired banker, regularly goes to the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics for his primary care and to renew his prescription for back pain medication. He says Dr. Charles Fenzi, who was treating him that day at the Westside Clinic, and Dr. Susan Lawton are some of the best people he’s ever met.</p>

Safety Net: Patchwork of Clinics Struggles to Keep Santa Barbara County Healthy

Clinics that take all comers a lifeline for low-income patients, with new health-care law about to feed even more into overburdened system. First in a series
Prescription for Abuse
<p>American Medical Response emergency medical technicians arrive at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with little time to spare for victims of prescription drug overdoses.</p>

Quiet Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse Taking a Toll on Santa Barbara County

Evidence of addiction shows an alarming escalation, Noozhawk finds in Prescription for Abuse special report
Mental Health
<p>Rich Detty and his late wife knew something was wrong with their son, Cliff, but were repeatedly stymied in their attempts to get him help from the mental health system. Cliff Detty, 46, died in April while in restraints at Santa Barbara County’s Psychiatric Health Facility.</p>

While Son Struggled with Mental Illness, Father Fought His Own Battle

Cliff Detty's death reveals scope, limitations of seemingly impenetrable mental health system. First in a series