High Desert Nonprofits Honored

By Staff Reports

Region’s top volunteers and nonprofits recognized

for their outstanding service to a county in need

(Victorville) – The High Desert Resource Network honored six individuals and nonprofits during its 2011 High Desert Nonprofits Awards Luncheon held Friday, Sept. 23, at the Spring Valley County Club in Victorville.

“These are our region’s superstars who make a very real impact on the lives of the residents of the High Desert,” said Vici Nagel, president and CEO of the High Desert Resource Network.

Those honored during the annual luncheon include:

Chairman’s Award: The California Wellness Foundation – which is a leader in providing core operating support and funding capacity building programs. Cristina Regalado, Vice President of Programs, accepted for the foundation and was keynote speaker during the luncheon.

Nonprofit Agency of the Year: New Hope Village – which guides clients to maintain permanent housing through intensive life skills education.

Executive Director of the Year: Judy Morris – Moses House Ministries, which provides help and hope to single mothers in a Christian setting that promotes healthy lifestyles.

Adult Volunteer of the Year: Ralph Lee – Apple Valley Christian Care Center, which provides professional quality services in a loving environment to medically fragile, disabled, elderly and hospice residents.

Nonprofit Employee of the Year: Shawn Laufer – Victor Valley Community Services Council, which promotes and sustains the quality of life for organizations in the High Desert through education, collaboration and new program developments.

•Youth Volunteers of the Year: Najah Williams and Khalil Williams, co-founders of Millionaire Mind Kids – which provides under served youth and families with self-empowerment and sustainable life skills that help conquer the challenges of the changing world.

About High Desert Resource Network:

High Desert Resource Network (HDRN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region by supporting and strengthening the social service sector.  Endeavoring to help them change lives, High Desert Resource Network works with more than 350 people from 250 organizations each year, providing training and resource development services.  HDRN’s services are open to any organization or volunteer that wishes to participate and encourages collaboration among the various service provider sectors including: nonprofits, charities, schools, public agencies, clubs and ministries.  Visit them at www.HDRNetwork.org.

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