Harmony at Home Events and Awards
Four years ago Harmony At Home received a $3,000 dollar donation from a group of prisoners at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad CA.
We were surprised, shocked, and grateful! We wanted to know how and why prisoners in Soledad could and would send us this generous donation. We learned that every year various groups of prisoners who will likely spend the rest of their lives in prison, participate in programs that help them give back to the community.
We met with the prisoners to thank them and learn more about their motivation for giving to Harmony At Home. They shared quite a bit with us and it became apparent that they were remorseful for their past crimes and wanted to repay the community as best they could. They acknowledged that no matter how much charity they performed, they could never make up for the pain they caused the victims of the crimes they committed. They shared with us that they wished that there had been prevention programs like Sticks & Stones and Bullying Prevention when they were in school. They believe whole heartedly that if they had been provided this type of support they likely would have chosen a different path. After our first visit to the prison, the following year we received another check for $4,000! We decided we wanted our community to see and hear from the prisoners themselves. We went down to thank them again and after getting the prison system in CA to support this project, we went back down to Soledad to capture their generosity on film!
This year we celebrated our 10th annual Harmony At Home luncheon at Corral De Tierra Golf Club! We had several highlights this year including a surprise award for Gail Bengard delivered by the youth she has served, an incredible MC – Patterson, a successful silent auction, and our phenomenal speakers:
- Deneen Guss – Deputy Superintendent of MCOE
- Chris Devers from MCOE Alternative Education Program
- Edgar, Isaac, Iris, and Maria – Youth Speakers
Thank you also to our many sponsors this year:
- PGI Management
- Harden Ranch
- Integris Wealth Management
- Bonifacio Properties
- JFG Realty Advisors
- Noland, Hamerly, Etienne, & Hoss
- Elizabeth Dini – Alain Pinel
- Foxy Couture
- Pacific Valley Bank
- Law office of Barbara J. May
- Goldsmith Real Estate
- Leach & Walker
- Vanderbilt CPAs
- Fleurs du Soleil
- Precision Nails
- Photography by Charles Knight
- Fear of bullying among 3rd through 5th grade girls and boys has decreased by 10%
- Verbal bullying has decreased by 16%
- Exclusion has decreased by 9%
- Student reporting to teachers has increased by 60%
In 2018 Harmony At Home was interviewed by Carmel Magazine and we asked to highlight one of our schools, Monterey Park Elementary School, in Salinas City Elementary School District. As you can see from these pictures below, we incorporated student and staff leaders to demonstrate how a partnership of all stakeholders can create a safe school framework to ensure that everyone feels supported both emotionally and academically. Click here to read the full article.
Our 9th annual Harmony At Home luncheon at Corral De Tierra Golf Club had a record breaking turnout this year thank you to our incredible table captains, supporters, sponsors, and speakers! Thank you for those that came from all corners of Monterey County and beyond! Enjoy our photo highlights!
On 4/27/17 Harmony At Home was the 2017 recipient of the Monterey County School Boards Association’s “Excellence in Education Award.”
Harmony At Home’s mission is to end the cycles of violence and abuse by empowering children and young adults with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead healthy and productive lives.
Pinkie Weesner receives the Dr. Eldredge Community Service Award
On April 5, 2017, Ms. Frances “Pinkie” Weesner was honored with the Dr. Gene Eldredge Community Service Award from the Child Abuse Prevention Council. Pinkie has been directly responsible for helping Harmony At Home create a more peaceful and safe school and community environment in Salinas. This morning, we had the opportunity to honor her work, dedication, passion and success in helping to stop violence in our schools. Thank you, Pinkie!