Steven Simon is an HSSV supporter from way back. He has adopted two cats and a dog from HSSV over the years, including his current kitty, Petra, a beautiful long-haired tortie who is now five.
When HSSV’s Animal Community Center opened in 2009, Steven was struck by the inviting feeling of the LEED certified campus which to him, reflected the positive interactions he’d always had as an adopter. Steven said, “I always enjoy coming here. There’s a welcoming feeling from the second you walk in the door.” One of Steven’s favorite spots at the center is Sunshine’s Community Cat Room, where prospective adopters can hang out in a large room of adoptable cats, in a home-like setting. But the role of adopter is just one of the hats Steven wears at HSSV.
Steven’s family’s foundation, The Simon-Strauss Foundation, has been providing transformational support to HSSV’s Humane Education Programs since 2006. The Simon-Strauss Foundation, which equally supports issues around medicine and children, first became involved with HSSV at Steven’s urging. HSSV’s Humane Education Programs, which now reach more than 9,000 kids per year, were a natural fit.
The Simon-Strauss Foundation is particularly involved with HSSV’s Summer Camp* and Compassion in Action* program for teens. Of this support, Steven said, “It’s really satisfying to know that the kids have such a positive experience here. That the foundation can help sustain these programs is really meaningful to us.”
Education is a critical solution to HSSV’s mission to save and enhance lives. The Paint a Better Future™ campaign is helping ensure that these programs not only carry on, but also evolve to meet the needs of the community. Of the foundation’s choice to support HSSV, Steven said, “It helps spread the word that something special is going on here.”
Steven is pictured here with Sophia, a Summer Camp Counselor, her brother, Nick, a camp participant, and Jambo, an HSSV staff dog and Humane Education “staff member.”
*Summer Camp offers one-week sessions to 3rd through 8th graders, and counselor opportunities for high school students.
*Compassion in Action is a student volunteering program for teens. It includes a robust curriculum spread out across 6-9 visits.