Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary helps Solutions for Change buy needed refrigerated van with $25,000 check

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotarians and others seen with the Solutions for Change refrigerated van that DMSB Rotary helped it buy.

Solutions for Change, a nonprofit dedicated to solving family homelessness in San Diego county, needed a refrigerated van to deliver its produce to schools around the county. Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary rose to the occasion by funding a large part of the van’s cost with a $25,000 check.

Located in Vista, Solutions for Change transforms lives by permanently solving family homelessness. It does this through its proven approach of providing a comprehensive and sustainable 1,000-day program based on personal commitment and accountability. One of its programs is its aquaponic farm that grows lettuce and other produce organically. Its 25,000-square-foot facility provides both a job training classroom for formerly homeless parents as well as income to support its fight against homelessness.

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Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary learned about Solutions for Change through several visits to its farm and by attending other Solutions for Change events. DMSB Rotary’s Community Service Chair, Susan Hennenfent, said “We are very happy to have made a positive impact in support of the Solutions Farms program.”

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary is a leadership organization of local business, professional and civic leaders, and others with an interest in service and personal growth. It meets regularly at the Del Mar Hilton to hear interesting speakers and plan its many activities. It is through these activities that Rotary makes a positive impact on individuals and their communities, both locally and internationally. This also enriches its members’ lives and helps them grow their professional and leadership capabilities. See

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A Solutions for Change employee explains the growing process of aquaponically and organically grown salad greens to incoming DMSB Rotary President, Ken Barrett. Courtesy