Community Outreach Alliance
COA is devoted to improving the City of San Clemente for those affected by drugs, alcohol, suicide, and depression. We are committed to helping our town become a positive and healthy place, where we as citizens provide community support and resources to one another. Healthy and fun activities will foster connections between peers, forming a safe and beneficial environment for people in sobriety and also those who have chosen a healthy lifestyle.
Our outreach response with donated activities has been incredible, including sport fishing with Dana Wharf Sportfishing! Dana Wharf donated use of the Clemente fishing vessel as well as three crew members to assist us on each of our journeys. COA sponsored several fishing trips this summer for our following resource partners, SAVE SC, Joshua House, Pacific Hills Treatment Center, and various youth groups. We will be heading out to sea this spring so be sure to visit our calendar for dates! Along with our trips to sea, we have outdoor activities, outreach venues and concerts, and many enrichment activities for people to explore their talents and find their passions.
COA has been so influential in outreach and education that we reached out to the Eckhardt family who recently lost their son Connor Eckhardt, to synthetic marijuana, aka spice, k2, scooby snacks, this past July. We were honored to have them as our first guest speakers at our new COA venue. They educated all of us on the dangers of spice and shared their heart-wrenching story that went viral and then national just a few months ago.
One of the visions of our founder Pondo Vleisides, is to offer use of the COA venue to youth and families of San Clemente to enjoy sober and clean activities. We kicked off our first concert with local band Common Sense who helped us provide a spooktacular Halloween event for our partner and their clients at Sovereign Health. This event was made possible by COA’s partnership with Overtaken and our wonderful COA volunteers. We also had our first of many video game tournaments sponsored by Tallega Software and Gamerz for the Cure.
We are excited about COA and the generous support from the community so far. The COA venue calendar is filling up fast with many opportunities for our youth and families to enjoy, but in order to provide all these healthy activities we need your help. A one-time gift or becoming a monthly partner makes a huge difference in our programs, activities, events, and resources, all of which can be seen daily on our sites. COA is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.
As you consider a gift, we would like you to meet our new COA Board of Directors:
Dr. Bill Sears, MD Medical Adviser and Author
Dr. Brad Baker, ED PhD, USC. Vice Principal SCHS
Dr. Mark Mc Elroy, Saddleback College PhD and Head Football Coach
Dr. Don Muir, DMD, Community Activist
Kristen Schultz, Nutritional Expert, National Regional Director JP
Teri Steel, Desktop Publisher/Social Media Coordinator
Pondo Vleisides, CEO COA, TLC Ministries, MA, MFT
Amanda Davis, COA Activities Coordinator
Education and awareness are vital to achieving a clean and sober lifestyle that COA promotes through its mission to produce those activities. Many activities are free, and our sponsors donate various in-kind gifts. COA is a community ‘alliance’ and we can’t do this alone; we need your help. COA is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.
Please check out COA resources, or feel free to contact us at (949) 388 – 0114 ext 205.