The Neighborhood Wellness Foundation is an organization committed to empowering the community of Del Paso Heights and surrounding areas. It offers a range of programs and services that address social, economic, academic, and health inequities to help reduce barriers of adversity. The organization prides itself on being community-centered, built on trust, empathetic, and focused on building healthier communities one neighbor at a time1.
The foundation offers several key programs, including Healing Circles, PACERS Take Space, Higher “Heights”, and Restore Legacies. Healing Circles provides a safe space for community members to understand how life experiences impact early childhood brain development and the ability to make life choices1. The PACERS Take Space program, launched in 2022, established a School-Based Health Center at Grant High School to improve the mental and physical health of students and the community1. The Higher “Heights” program addresses low educational attainment and the legacy of incarceration, aiming to improve educational attainment through college matriculation and vocational education1. Lastly, Restore Legacies works to break the legacy of incarceration and poverty, focusing on restorative justice, educational attainment, trauma healing, vocational and workforce skill development, and civic engagement1.