photo courtesy of National Conflict Resolution Center

Finding Solutions

Local restaurateur and 92067 resident Dan Shea, along with San Diego Padres Managing Partner Peter Seidler, received the Philanthropy in Peacemaking Award at National Conflict Resolution Center’s (NCRC) 30th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner in April. The event honored individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to conflict resolution nationally and locally, as well as supports the NCRC’s groundbreaking programming to empower the community to communicate across disputes with civility and inclusivity.

Dan and Peter initiated the discussion about how to help homeless San Diegans by erecting temporary housing tents in the downtown area. There are now three The Bridge Shelter tents, run by the Alpha Project, Veteran’s Village, and Father Joe’s Village, which provide housing and care for approximately 700 people. They have also formed new partnerships with organizations that help the homeless in other ways, including Feeding San Diego, Family Health Centers of California, and Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Other honorees at the Peacemaker Awards event included National Peacemaker recipient No Labels, and Community Heroes Elizabeth Bustos, Anne Wilson, Elizabeth Lopez, and Diane Takvorian. “This year’s event theme was ‘There Is A Solution,’” said NCRC President Steven P. Dinkin, “and with our organization’s efforts in collaboration with the 2018 Peacemaker honorees, we as a community can help find solutions to the toughest challenges impacting society today. More importantly, we believe there are solutions out there to be found.” Learn more at