Disability Help Center - San Diego- November 2019

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November 2019

DON’T LET THE FINANCIAL STRESS OF THE HOLIDAYS KEEP YOU DOWN

ENJOY A FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER AT THESE LOCAL PLACES

HEAVEN’S WINDOWS Address: 2300 Bancroft Drive Spring Valley, CA 91977 Phone: 619-303-7806

It’s hard to believe that the start of the holiday season is already upon us. It seems as though the moment that the autumnal season begins, you can blink your eyes once and it’s already time to ring in the new year. While this festive time of year encourages people to gather together with friends and family to break bread and enjoy each other’s company, if your funds are low, planning these celebrations can bring about far more stress than excitement. According to a survey conducted by GOBankingRates, the vast majority of Americans end up spending at least $150 on groceries for their Thanksgiving meal, and that’s

FATHER JOE’S VILLAGES Address: 1501 Imperial Ave.

San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-233-8500

The nonprofit is a community resource network that promotes available resources and provides emergency services for residents through hunger relief and nutritional education. While they provide groceries to approximately 7,150 households with roughly 891,500 lbs. of food each year, they also open their doors on Thanksgiving to provide a warm meal with turkey to anyone who comes in.

To combat hunger in the San Diego homeless community, Father Joe’s Villages serves hot, nourishing meals 365 day a year. Altogether, staff and volunteers prepare and serve more than 1 million meals each year in our dining rooms and the Franklin Antonio Public Lunch Line.

Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO) Address: 1420 Third Avenue

SECOND CHANCES BREAD OF LIFE Address: 4776 Saratoga Avenue

San Diego, CA 92107 Phone: 619-886-4275

San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-235-9445

“If you’re hoping to partake in a delicious Thanksgiving meal but are concerned about finances, you still have a number of good options.”

If you and your family are looking for a place to spend Thanksgiving this year, feel free to head on down to Second Chances Bread of Life to enjoy a delicious feast prepared by volunteers.

In this organization, volunteers help prepare and serve meals twice a week, year-round, but spend extra time concocting a Thanksgiving meal worth remembering. Plus, local teen youth groups are invited to provide special event entertainment during meal times. Don’t let financial strains keep you from celebrating Thanksgiving with a hot meal and good company. If you have any other questions or need to get in touch with a member of our team here at Disability Help Center, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

CAFE GRATITUDE Address: 1980 Kettner Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-736-5077

not including any extra cash spent on beverages and decorations. In the end, it seems that although this holiday is meant to leave our stomachs feeling full and our hearts feeling grateful, it often leaves our pockets empty too. If you’re hoping to partake in a delicious Thanksgiving meal but are concerned about finances, you still have a number of good options. There are several locations throughout the community that host their own festive feasts and are inviting any and all locals to come celebrate the holiday with them. Here are a few to consider.

This vegan/vegetarian restaurant is offering those in the community the chance to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal! Gather your family and friends and stop by their San Diego location on Thanksgiving day for free drinks and plant-based bites. Early arrival is strongly suggested, but no reservations are necessary.

From all of us here, Happy Thanksgiving!

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GET READY FOR GOOD NUTRITION IN NOVEMBER! 3 TIPS TO GET YOUR PICKY EATERS TO EAT THE VEGGIES THEIR BODIES NEED

It might seem strange that November — when millions of Americans gather around the dinner table to show gratitude through lavish Thanksgiving feasts — has recently been dubbed Good Nutrition Month. But it’s true; now is the time to pay extra attention to the nutrients your body needs to maintain its healthy state through the new year. While mindful eating is a habit families know they should practice year-round, once the holiday season kicks into full gear, it becomes much easier to overlook. With colder weather keeping you inside, the cravings for heartier meals and delicious baked goods leave parents struggling to encourage their picky eaters to consume anything nutritious. If you’re finding it more difficult than usual to convince your child to eat their greens, here are some tips to keep in mind! 1. LET THEM HELP. If your child has grown out of the toddler stage and is still resistant to eating their vegetables, child psychologists say you should have them help with the cooking process. The excitement and anticipation that comes with getting to prepare the vegetables can encourage kids to try a couple bites during dinnertime. 2. CHEESE IT UP! Cheese can undoubtedly make veggies more appealing for your little ones. When making their favorite mac ‘n’ cheese dish, consider adding broccoli and peas to the sauce. The cheese will mask most of the veggie flavor, and your kids won’t care

as much! Another option for really picky eaters is to purée vegetables, like sweet potatoes, into the cheese sauce. The bright orange color will mask the inclusion, ensuring your little one gets a good share of fiber-rich nutrients while being none the wiser. 3. GET ‘BEEFY’ WITH YOUR VEGGIES. If your kids are fans of meat-based pasta sauces, meatballs, or sloppy Joes, you can substitute some of the ground beef with finely chopped mushrooms. Since the meaty texture of the tasty fungi is similar to ground beef, it’ll be hard for kids to notice the difference. Riced cauliflower can also be mistaken for tender ground beef when cooked in darker sauces and gravies.

While it can be frustrating to negotiate with a picky eater, especially during the holidays, don’t lose hope. Try out these three tasty tips and observe Good Nutrition Month with a little more ease.

DON’T LET YOUR LEFTOVERS GO TO WASTE HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR THANKSGIVING MEAL

LUNCH IDEAS If you still have the turkey carcass, you can use it to create your own stock for soup. Add in some spices, noodles, and leftover vegetables and you have a lunch option your family can enjoy for several days. Another great lunch option is a post-Thanksgiving sandwich. Start by spreading cranberry sauce on two bread slices, then add turkey, stuffing, and even mashed potatoes to get the most out of those leftovers! DINNER IDEAS When it comes to creating dinner ideas with your leftovers, you can’t go wrong with a hearty bowl of chili or a big helping of casserole. If you’re starting to feel tired of the prototypical Thanksgiving flavors, you could take any leftover ham or turkey and transform them into a burrito or enchilada dish to vary the tastes.

If you decided to host Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year, chances are you spent quite a bit of time (and money) preparing a meal that your family and friends would love. Unfortunately, being the person who takes on the responsibility of hosting the event often means being left with extra food and no place to store it. In fact, according to government data, Americans throw away roughly $165 billion in uneaten food every year, and approximately $293 million of that waste will happen during Thanksgiving. During a time when 1 in 8 Americans struggle to find food, finding ways to reduce the amount of food thrown away this Thanksgiving is more important than ever. Here are some ideas to help you put those leftovers to good use this year!

DESSERT IDEAS Being stuck with a handful of Thanksgiving pies sounds like a good problem to have, but with no

BREAKFAST IDEAS While it might seem like a strange concept initially, many of the staple Thanksgiving dishes can be repurposed to make delicious breakfast items. You can mix your leftover sweet potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, and turkey with eggs to make a nice breakfast hash or frittata. You could also use any leftover cranberry dishes as topping for fluffy pancakes.

place to store them, they can go to waste quickly. The best way to use them in a timely manner is to have a family milkshake night. Each milkshake is made with a few scoops of ice cream, milk, and a slice of pie!

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LET OUR TEAM OF ADVOCATES GUIDE YOU THROUGH THEM 3 STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU SLIP AND FALL IN A PUBLIC PLACE

The start of the holiday season encourages more people to travel from place to place to gather the ingredients they need for upcoming festivities. An unfortunate side effect of all the added hustle and bustle is that the floors of public places, like grocery stores and restaurants, get dirtier more quickly. Few people realize that businesses like these have an obligation to keep their patrons safe from any dangerous conditions while on their property, which includes making sure the floors are free of hazards. Slipping and falling is more than just embarrassing for the victim. It can leave him or her with serious injuries and chronic pain. Even if you’re taking careful precautions while walking this holiday season, you can’t plan for everything. If you or someone you know has a slip and fall accident, here are steps you can take to make sure you are protected. 1. GET MEDICAL HELP If you suffered a bad fall, make sure you call an ambulance right away. Even if you feel like your injuries aren’t severe enough to warrant emergency services, you still need to meet with your doctor to be checked and get the treatment you need. Sometimes falls that don’t seem that severe initially can cause fractures or torn ligaments. Lastly, make sure to get a copy of your medical records and take pictures of your injuries if you can. 2. GIVE A STATEMENT If you are able, be sure to file an incident report with the store’s manager, but don’t sign anything ! These reports provide documentation regarding what hazards in the store caused you to fall and can make all the difference in a court case.

3. CALL OUR OFFICE Lastly, but most importantly, call our office for guidance, advice, and representation. This process can quickly grow complicated, frustrating, and stressful, and that’s why our advocates will be here to help you every step of the way. If you or someone you know suffered injuries from a slip and fall accident, get in touch with us as soon as possible!

BURNISHED POTATO NUGGETS

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INGREDIENTS • 5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil outsides and deliciously creamy insides, try this recipe. The result is sure to be the star side at your Thanksgiving table. There are countless ways to prepare potatoes, but not all are created equal. For irresistibly crunchy DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. In a large pot, pour water over potatoes to cover by 2 inches. Salt water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 3. Thoroughly drain potatoes and let stand for 10 minutes. Toss gently and season with salt. • 1/4 cup vegetable oil • 8 cloves garlic, crushed • 2 sprigs rosemary • Kosher salt, to taste

4. Meanwhile, combine both oils in a large pan and heat in oven for 10 minutes. 5. Remove pan from oven and add potatoes, turning to coat thoroughly. Return to oven and cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10. 6. Toss in garlic and rosemary and finish cooking for 8–10 minutes. 7. Drain and serve.

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CROPS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY FALL

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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Enjoy a Free Thanksgiving Dinner at These Local Places

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Trick Your Picky Eaters Don’t Let Your Leftovers Go to Waste

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3 Steps to Take If You Slip and Fall in a Public Place Burnished Potato Nuggets

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The Gift of Giving

SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE YOU BELIEVE IN CELEBRATING GIVING TUESDAY

November is usually all about Thanksgiving, but it isn’t the only holiday that encourages generosity. Giving Tuesday is a phenomenal celebration in which millions of people from across the globe are inspired to spend 24 hours giving back to the communities they love. ORIGIN AND GOAL Giving Tuesday is celebrated every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and this year, the holiday lands on Dec. 3! It was established in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and New York’s 92nd Street Y as a response to consumer-driven holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The purpose of the holiday was to spread the spirit of giving, not only for the people in our nation but individuals across the world. The goal is “to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.” TECHNOLOGY AT ITS BEST Through the use of social media and technology, the organization hopes to encourage and spread generosity on a global scale using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. The website states that “... technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral; that people fundamentally want to give and talk about giving.” Through massive social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the individuals and

companies participating in Giving Tuesday can spread their missions and messages all over the world, encouraging others to do the same.

HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE

Now is the perfect opportunity to support your community and the causes you believe in. The best part of this holiday is that “giving” doesn’t just refer to donating money. People can give back by volunteering their time to help a nonprofit business, donating goods and food, or just buying a stranger some lunch. Even the smallest actions can have the biggest impact. If you’re interested in participating in Giving Tuesday, get together with your friends, family, sports team members, or neighbors to brainstorm on how you can give back. To learn more about how you can participate, visit GivingTuesday.org.

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