SAN MARCOS, Calif., May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Golden Door Foundation announced today that it has made a $75,000 unrestricted contribution to support the vital work of Forensic Health Services of Escondido. Forensic Health Services is the critical first step for child victims of abuse or molestation, as well as adult victims of sexual assault, to help law enforcement gather evidence for criminal prosecution.
"It is our privilege to support the work of the Forensic Health Services. The center is providing a critical service to children and adults who need every opportunity for physical, mental and emotional health support from our community, and the Golden Door is doing our part to help," said Kathy Van Ness, General Manager of Golden Door Resort.
North County law enforcement officials bring victims to the center to begin the investigation of child abuse and sexual assault. Trained staff is available 24-hours a day to provide medical services for children and adults who have experienced sexual or physical abuse, working closely with local investigative and prosecutorial agencies to provide complete state of the art assessments that may be used in court later.
"The caring staff of Forensic Health Services are experts who help victims through the profound trauma of sexual abuse and violence with great sensitivity. We can't eliminate the scars of abuse, but we can help the people who can help them heal faster," said Van Ness. The Golden Door Foundation was founded in 2013 to show support to improving communities, both globally and locally.
Forensic Health Services is funded by fees charged to law enforcement agencies for services, as well as private contributions. It faced closure earlier this year when the Palomar Health district cut its longtime donation. San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, and other leaders have stepped up to support the center and partner with private donors to keep the program operating.
"The center is a critical component of law enforcement's process in gathering evidence, ensuring that child and adult victims in our community have the support they need through the investigation and beyond," said Sheriff Bill Gore. "Our Sheriff's Deputies count on this resource to be available 24/7, and we truly appreciate the support of The Golden Door in maintaining this valuable program. With law enforcement participation and private donors coming together, the Forensic Health Services team can continue to do the great work that our community needs."
Since the Forensic Health Services center opened 28 years ago in Escondido, more than 15,000 people have been interviewed at the site. It is the only service of its kind in North County, and only one of two in San Diego accredited for children.
"Thank you to the Golden Door Foundation for stepping up and helping victims of sexual assault and child abuse. Their generosity will help to save the forensic center," said Supervisor Dave Roberts. "I am enormously grateful to the Golden Door for its efforts to improve the health and well-being of North County residents through this donation. This is a great example of genuine community engagement and partnership."
The Golden Door
The Golden Door experience empowers each guest to achieve a healthy mind, body and spirit. Guests relax, restore, and refresh on a journey focused on personalized fitness, spa and nutrition programs, thoughtfully designed to meet the specific goals and needs of each individual. Located in a serene coastal valley between San Diego and Los Angeles, Golden Door is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the tranquility of our unique spot on earth. The resort is nestled in 600 acres of nature to hike, run or simply explore at your own pace. With more than 20 miles of hiking and walking trails, mountains to climb, vistas to discover, and a bamboo forest that gives voice to the wind, guests are surrounded by breathtaking beauty that nurtures the soul.
Daily fitness options include Hiking, Outdoor Adventure, Agua Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, Dance, and more, as part of a custom tailored program created for the overall health and wellness of each guest at every fitness level. Golden Door guests are served farm-to-table cuisine that is grown on the property, ensuring that it is fresh, wholesome, clean and flavorful. Our renowned chefs are inspired by what is harvested daily, creating innovative culinary experiences to nourish the body. The resort's accommodations are limited to 40 guests per week to experience the energy of the Golden Door. Throughout the property, a curated Japanese art collection surrounds guests with beauty and history. The Zen Japanese gardens inspire meditation and inner focus. Guests relax in solitude in the gardens, enjoy luxurious spa treatments, and refresh in elegantly simple comfort as they travel their own personal journey at the Golden Door.
Relax, restore, refresh. The Golden Door is a way of life – the best individual balance of healthy mind, body and spirit.
The Golden Door Foundation
Golden Door is passionate about the values and principles that we share with our beneficiary charities. We believe in changing lives. We believe that responsibility extends beyond our walls. As a show of support to those involved in making the world a more loving, more humane and more peaceful place, we have pledged 100% of our net profits from the Resort to select charities in support of their missions.
SOURCE Golden Door Foundation