Volume 2022 | #3

Note from the Executive Director


When I was a child, summer days were spent outside from sun up to sun down even if it was raining or way too hot to be playing under the sun. We’d run inside to put on our bathing suits to play in the quick warm summer showers or find shade under a tree waiting out the high-noon heat. The summer heat dictated the pace of the day. Getting up early to get chores done and play outside before it got too hot, making new friends and hoping someone’s mom would let us play in the sprinklers. If we sat in the house trying to stay cool or dry, my mom would tell us to go play a game or ride bikes or do something outdoors. And I did the same for my children. July seems to be the month when we get the chance to go all-out summer crazy, starting with Independence Day celebrations, parades, and backyard bar-b-ques, lemonade stands and long days spent at the beach, playing in the surf and sand. It might seem strange when we live in sunshine virtually all year round here in San Diego, but I love the thought of summer vacations – whether it be a few days off work spent on a staycation or a long-haul flight to far-away places now that the world is opening up again. Summer always brings a sense of fun and a little enchantment – perhaps a hangover from those childhood holidays that we so looked forward to.

This summer, TIP has sensational news to share! We welcome Mindy Daffron as our new San Diego Crisis Team Manager! Mindy comes to us from our Orange County affiliate with vast team management experience. She will bring knowledge and growth to the organization, and we are thrilled to have her on our team!

Wishing everyone a wonderful, old-fashioned summer with lots of ice cream, smiles and time spent making core memories.

                                                                                    Sher DeWeese      

Introducing Mindy

Thirteen years ago, I discovered the amazing program, TIP, the Trauma Intervention Program. My neighbor had died suddenly in her sleep and her 11-year-old daughter found her. I went over to support the family but had no idea what to do or say or how to help. Thankfully the deputies on scene called for a TIP volunteer. The TIP volunteer provided incredible support to the family and I knew I needed to find out more about this program. A year later I became a volunteer in Orange County and in 2012 I joined the staff as a Crisis Team Manager. 

In August 2020, my husband joined the Navy to become a chaplain. He was assigned to the USS Boxer LHD 4, which is located at the naval base in San Diego. After driving from OC to San Diego for a year and a half, our family decided to make the move to San Diego county so we could be closer to his work and the community he works with. Our 20-year-old daughter, Kyra moved with us and we have a 24-year-old son, Tyler, who lives in Los Angeles. Due to the move to San Diego I was no longer able to continue working with TIP OC. I reached out to Sher with the San Diego TIP chapter and was thrilled to find out that I would be able to join the San Diego team and continue on as a Crisis Team Manager. 

Along with my position as Crisis Team Manager for TIP San Diego, I also work part time at the Orange County Department of Education as a program support for their Crisis Response Network (CRN). The CRN program provides notifications and support to school districts following the death of a staff member or student. 

I am excited and feel honored to be able to work with the incredible San Diego TIP volunteers, staff and the first responders. 

                                                                                   Mindy Daffron

2022 Sponsors

We’d like to take a moment to thank our 2022 Sponsors. We express our everlasting gratitude for their continued support and generosity to invest in our mission. Their sponsorship is integral to our ability to serve our San Diego communities.

                    East County Mortuary           Lifesharing

                    Bio1 Oceanside                        Dignity Memorial - Eternal Hills

                    Bio1 Poway                               The BioClean Team

                    Elizabeth Hospice                   The Comfort Cub

                    Survivors of Suicide Loss San Diego


Can you find all 5 words?

Fireworks     Ice Cream     Independence     Summer     Vacation

Enjoy Some San Diego Experiences

Need ideas for some fun this summer?

Here are some great experiences to check out right in our community!

      Bahia Resort Watersports                  San Diego Safari Park

      Balboa Park                                           San Diego Zoo

      Belmont Park                                        Sea World

      Birch Aquarium at Scripps                Sesame Place

      Cabrillo National Monument            USS Midway & Maritime Museum

      Legoland & Water Park                      Waterfront Park/Little Italy

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Summer Spritzer


1 lemon

1 cup sliced strawberries

3 ounces simple syrup

3 ounces unsweetened 100% cranberry juice

Soda water


1 handful fresh mint leaves 


Slice the lemon into rounds. Thinly slice the strawberries.

Place the lemons and strawberries in a pitcher with simple syrup and cranberry juice. Marinate at least 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).

To serve, pour 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) of the marinate mix over ice and top with a splash of soda water to taste. Garnish with the fruit from the pitcher and sprigs of fresh mint leaves.

To spice up your drink, add a splash of Vodka.

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