Throughout August, Republic FC and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain are recognizing the contributions and supports of community members during the pandemic and beyond. Every week a new Republic FC Rockstar will be selected from the fan and community nominations. The Indomitable Club and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento are calling on fans to nominate a Rockstar – frontline or essential worker who made an impact during the last 18 months, a veteran or active-duty member of the Armed Forces, a dedicated teacher or passionate volunteer, or one of the countless stories of service, support and indomitable spirit of the region – and share a story of a community champion. A Rockstar will be selected weekly and honored, with a grand prize including a hosted stay at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento and a VIP experience at a Republic FC match.
Sacramento Children’s Home Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David Baker is the first Republic FC Rockstar for his service to the Sacramento Region. He received nominations due to the extensive work he did to ensure that no programs at Sacramento’s oldest residential home for the region’s most vulnerable children and families were paused or terminated due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dr. Baker worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of staff and children, while ramping up care in the Crisis Nursery for children ages 0-5, continuing essential home visits, and virtual counseling sessions for families in need.
With the guidance of Dr. Baker, the Sacramento Children’s Home also added a statewide urgent response line that foster care children could text or call for help and adds to the various ways the hospital is helping children in need in our communities.
“Coming to work is exciting because I know that I am going to have a chance to work with staff that are making huge impacts on kids and families lives,” Dr. Baker says.
Since the 1860s, the Sacramento Children’s Home has been a staple in the Sacramento community, helping vulnerable children and families with high-quality care. The home provides crisis support for families, short-term residential care to foster youth who have suffered trauma, and mental health treatment for the region’s most at-risk children and families.
“I think I would say that this is the representation of the hard work of the 275 plus employees and the commitment that they have always had to this community,” Dr. Baker says, “During the time of the pandemic and to see folks come in every day and making sure the needs of children and families in this community are met despite the hurdles COVID has thrown in front of us is inspiring.”
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