Representing our clients is rewarding work, but Bruno & Associates still looks for additional ways to give back to the community. From community service to scholarships to monetary donations, Bruno & Associates enjoys giving back to the community and encourages others to do the same. Recently, Nate Lewis’s family came to us in need of help and we were glad to be able to help them.
Nate has been involved in Pomerado Christian Church and youth ministry since the day he was born. He is also an avid surfer. Last year, Nate started his freshman year at Biola University studying business. On Friday night, February 21, 2020 at around 9 PM, Nate was hanging out with his friends at Biola riding skateboards. Nate was in the lead and turned onto a street where he collided with a truck. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered significant head and brain trauma. Nate was taken by ambulance to UC Irvine Medical Center where he was unresponsive. Neurosurgeons removed a portion of Nate’s skull to relieve pressure on his brain. He had multiple skull fractures as well as a broken nose, cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung. By the next morning, Nate was in ICU and in a coma. Nate remained there for 40 days but he is home now with his family in San Diego.
When Nate was ready to be discharged from the hospital, his family thought the only option was to bring him to a Long Term Acute Care or a Skilled Nursing Facility. Then COVID-19 hit hard. Quarantine and lock down would mean not seeing Nate for who knows how long. The thought of leaving Nate in a facility and not being able see him was unfathomable to his family.
If Nate’s family did not make the decision to bring him home, they believe he would have died. (In fact, 25% of the patients and staff were infected with COVID-19 at one facility they were looking at for Nate.) Having Nate at home allows him to be with his family and, as a result of their love and care, Nate’s range of motion is improving with daily exercise and he appears to be showing new levels of awakeness or alertness with daily interactions with family and friends. Nate’s condition remains serious, but these are positive signs. Although no longer in a coma, Nate remains in a minimally conscious state but at least he is at home with those who love and support him. Nate’s family are hopeful, but they still need a lot of support and encouragement to get them through this difficult period. Prayers, words of encouragement, and offers of help all are appreciated.
Bruno & Associates believe with continued love and support, Nate will be restored and we have donated $30,000 in an effort to help support his ongoing recovery. To be able to be at home, Nate will need access ramps, wider doorways and a lot of other expensive home modifications. Dan and Michelle are doing the best they can, but Nate’s ongoing recovery is costly. They are humbly asking for donations to help support the effort to restore Nate. Any financial support will help cover the cost of Nate’s care.
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Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship winner, Joseph Blount. Joseph, age 20, was born and raised in San Diego and currently lives in the Mid City area.
Joseph and his siblings were raised by a single mother. Financial hardship forced Joseph and his family to move frequently throughout his youth. Every move meant Joseph had to start over at a new school and this made it difficult for him to focus on his studies. He had a hard time maintaining attendance and he dropped out of school in his junior year of high school. Housing instability is the leading cause of chronic school absenteeism which puts students like Joseph at high risk of dropping out of school. Students of color are far more likely to experience housing insecurity. Bruno & Associates is happy to be able to help by awarding Joseph a $500 scholarship for a laptop computer. Now 20 years old and with a daughter on the way, Joseph is finishing his GED and he is excited to find a career and start a family of his own. Joseph plans to join the U.S. Navy after he receives his diploma. Congratulations and we wish you much success, Joseph!
The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic make it particularly meaningful for Bruno & Associates to be able to provide financial assistance to frontline and healthcare workers like Pam Jewell. Pam works in the South Bay area of San Diego which has been very hard hit by COVID-19. Across San Diego and all over the world, doctors, nurses, technicians, transporters, EMTs, pharmacists, and everyone who supports patient care are rising to the occasion and caring for our most vulnerable populations and putting themselves in harm’s way to do so. Bruno & Associates appreciates the sacrifices they make every day and especially during this pandemic. Their dedication, commitment, and selflessness deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration. Bruno & Associate is happy to provide encouragement and support in the form of a $500 stipend to Pam. She plans to use the money to make sure her nieces and nephews enjoy a Merry Christmas with lots of presents to make up for everything they’ve been through this year.
Since 1968, Aseltine School has served at-risk youth with severe emotional disturbances and learning disabilities, whose needs cannot be met in the public schools. Aseltine conducts a yearly holiday food drive to ensure their students meals throughout the year. Eugene Bruno & Associates was happy to fill a bin at the 2019 food drive!
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. The San Diego Food Bank depends on volunteers to help sort through produce and help put together food donation bags. This visit, we bagged apples for the weekly donation bags.
The firm and friends of the firm joined Surfrider Foundation to help keep our beautiful city clean. Our team filled several bags of trash scattered throughout Ocean Beach and logged our findings. Cigarette butts are the number one most littered item in San Diego. Our team found over 50 cigarette butts alone.
The firm spent Saturday morning volunteering at the 30th Annual Aids Walk Run on September 28, 2019. We cheered on the participants and provided water. Over 18,000 San Diegans are living with HIV/AIDS and the funds raised help support 14 local HIV service organizations in our community.
Our firm was one of the 2019 Walk Like MADD event sponsors. The event aims to raise awareness and funds to eliminate drugged and drunk driving. This is a nationwide event occurring in 90 cities. The event raised over $71,000.00.
Our firm was one of the 2019 Walk Like MADD event sponsors. The event aims to raise awareness and funds to eliminate drugged and drunk driving. This is a nationwide event occurring in 90 cities. Some of the firm participated in the walk while others remained at the booth passing out snacks and beverages to the participants.
We are excited to announce our Summer 2019 Scholarship recipient, Francisco De Jesus. It is evident from his essay that Francisco cares deeply about the importance of higher education, and we have no doubt that he will be very successful at whatever he sets out to do. Congratulations, Francisco.
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. The San Diego Food Bank depends on volunteers to help sort through produce and help put together food donation bags.
The firm walked in and raised over $500 to help end drunk driving in our community. The event was successful in raising over $80,000 with over 600 walkers. The event is held yearly by the San Diego MADD chapter.
At Bruno & Associates, we are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, clients and the public while still continuing to provide the best legal services possible to every single person who needs our help. For our clients and potential clients, we offer remote video conferencing appointments and we are experimenting with new and different ways to remain available to those who need us during this crisis.
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