In every segment of The FSA Buzz we will feature a department and their staff. It is important to us that you all see who is behind the positive work that FSA does in the community. 

 
Senior Nutrition

Senior Nutrition

 

Tom Donahue, Senior Nutrition Program Administrator. He is the jokster of the bunch but he always makes sure his department runs as smoothly as possible. 

Michelle Grangers, Food Service Director. Michelle is your woman when it comes to delicious and nutritious meals. She is also one of FSA's CPR instructors. Michelle may be small but her wit and passion make her 10ft tall. 

Jeanne Joyce, Office Manager. Jeanne makes sure all of the behind the scene work is completed successfully. She is a woman of many talents and aspirations. Jeanne assists with proposals, staff needs and client questions. 

Kristin Denney, Office Assistant. Kristin is Jeanne's right hand man. She takes care of their program's data needs plus makes sure all of our nutrition sites are the best they can be. Even when her desk is filled with work you will always see this smile. 

Patsy Bartley, Office Assistant. Patsy is part of the data team of the senior nutrition department. She is a wiz with a data sheet and numbers. 

Arlea Anderson, Operations Technician. Arlea is another member of the data team, she is responsible for the clients in San Bernardino County. Arlea always has a smile on her face and good story to share. 

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Annie Landais, Office Assistant. Annie tracks and accounts for all of the congregate meals and clients. Annie easily makes a friend out of anyone who sits next to her and is always keeping the laughter going. 

Jazay, Case Manager. Jazay is the newest member of the senior nutrition team. She goes on home visits to our clients to make sure that they are maintaining their health and great attitudes. Clients are always on her mind and she hopes to make a positive impact in the community. 

Calimesa Senior Center

Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Calimesa Senior Center held the 2nd Annual Community Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 15, 2017. We served 110 individuals, with the assistance of Calimesa City Council members, Calimesa Cultural Performing Arts members, and Senior Center volunteers. The event was very well attended and included a great breakfast, raffle, karaoke, face painting and a puppet show. It was a wonderful time for center visitors and their families to get together,

Fit After 50 Exercise

We implemented the Fit After 50 exercise program at the Calimesa Senior Center on February 1, 2017. This free program is provided by the Riverside County Office on Aging and the Arthritis Foundation. There are 96 registered participants, and the numbers continue to grow monthly. This program promotes balance, strength and mobility. Many participants mention they have noticed an improvement in their balance, sleep patterns and general well-being since becoming involved in this class. Join us for our next class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

HOPE's Annual Fundraising Gala

HOPE held its Annual Awards Gala “Swing into HOPE Soirée” on June 30, 2017. The event was held at the beautiful downtown Riverside Art Museum. HOPE awarded 11 individuals with the Child and Family Advocate of the Year Award. Four teens who participated in a HOPE – sponsored photography class were recognized and gifted with a professional camera so they can continue with their love of photography. A silent auction with photos completed by the youth and photos of the event can be found on the HOPE website, at www.hopecollaborative.org.

Home Depot Team Paints Olive Wood Child Development Center

Family Service Association would like to thank TEAM DEPOT, The Home Depot's associate-led volunteer team, for providing manpower to paint our Olivewood Child Development Center this summer! In addition, The Home Depot Foundation generously donated over $2,000 for the painting and garden supplies.

"l cannot say enough good things about Team Captain Sherron Sanford," said Kathy Knox, Volunteer

Services Program Manager. "Sherron was great! She helped us with The Home Depot Foundation grant, assisted with preparations, and assembled the 50+ employee team from the Perris area Direct Fulfillment Center." The volunteers painted the 5,000+ square feet building and perimeter fence and spruced up the children's garden area. Lacy Hughes, Director of Olivewood Child Development, and some FSA staff also came to prep and paint.

"Children, families and staff were very happy with the outcome of the work that Home Depot employee volunteers did to make the building look new," said Lacy Hughes. Olivewood CDC provides an enriching

program for 100 families with children ranging from infancy to pre-school.

"The associates at the Perris facility are proud residents of Perris and the Inland Empire. It was our pleasure to help an institution that does so much for our community," said John Abrantes, General Manager. "The Home Depot is more than a retailer. The Home Depot is part of our community."

"We are one team with one dream: To serve our community by giving back," said Sherron Sanford, Inbound Area Supervisor and Team Captain for the project.

It's a big job to coordinate 12 Child Development Centers, four Community/Senior Centers, Housing for seniors and low income families at three locations, the Mobile Fresh program distributing fresh produce, the HOPE Collaborative preventing child abuse and neglect, and 28 locations where we serve healthy meals to seniors ... FSA sincerely appreciates the help of Team Depot and the Home Depot Foundation!

Staff and Volunteer Spotlights

Detrick Roderick

Detrick Roderick

In April Detrick Roderick came to FSA in April as an intern, assisting Human Resources by comparing FSA pay rates with other nonprofits nationwide. He also helped with the renovations at the Highgrove and Cabazon Community Centers. Detrick appreciates that FSA recognizes the importance of families and its involvement with the community. He likes to see the impact of his work in the community. FSA has helped him build upon his skills. Detrick’s advice to those who want to get involved, is to learn about their nearby communities to better understand the impacts of nonprofits as FSA. Detrick believes in surrounding himself with positive people who he can learn from. Detrick is now a full-time staff member and we are happy to welcome him to the FSA family

 
Sandy L.

Sandy L.

Sandy has been one of our Bingo callers at the Calimesa Senior Center for many years. For the past 15 years she has been a Yucaipa resident, originally from Long Beach. In Sandy’s free time she enjoys bowling, Bingo, Fit After 50, Chair Volleyball and as a member of the Diamond Club. Sandy is legally blind. She does not allow her limited sight to slow her down, except for driving, of course! She also has a high bowling score of 162! Sandy enjoys being at the Center and states this is where she has met many friends, and continues to meet new people. Sandy’s sense of humor and outgoing personality is refreshing and we are delighted to have her as a participant in many of our programs, and as a vital volunteer team member.

 
Vanessa Wyche

Vanessa Wyche

Vanessa Wyche, was just promoted to Clinic Manager for the Kids First Program. Vanessa began her journey with FSA as a student intern in September 2015 and has since held various positions including a Case Manager and Clinician. Vanessa has served many clients, individuals, and families with the majority having significant impairment in their daily lives. She is an extremely dedicated clinician and employee who is always advocating for her clients’ best interests. 

What Vanessa enjoys most about FSA is that it brings many services to the community, especially people with very few resources. She states, “I like the variety of the different services FSA provides and being able to learn under different programs while working with various populations. By being able to provide services to clients we are able to help them change and grow in positive ways.” Vanessa believes in the importance of reaching those in need and working with the clients to customize services that best fit their needs. 

Vanessa describes one of her most successful clients with the Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program. She describes how a mom sought services for her child with special needs due to extreme behavior issues. Mom found it difficult to manage the child’s behaviors and felt defeated, embarrassed and judged by onlookers in public when her child would act out. Through PCIT, this parent changed and although the child still experienced behavior issues mom felt confident and proud of her skills to manage behaviors. She no longer cared about who was looking or what they might think but was focused on following through with what she learned. She had seen the impact PCIT had made for her child. 

Vanessa states, “It’s these kind of positive differences that make my job worth it.”

 
Millie Riquelme

Millie Riquelme

Millie has been with FSA for 12 years! Millie works in our Senior Nutrition program, specifically in the cooking arena. Millie has been responsible for providing delicious and nutritious meals to the seniors who utilize our centers. Her passion for caring for our clients is unmeasurable. Currently, Millie is working out of our San Jacinto center and the clients could not share enough great comments about her. Although Millie's primary job is being part of the kitchen staff, her passion has spread to other areas of the center. She was able to bring our Commodities program and start an advisory board at this center. The clients of the San Jacinto center are so appreciative of the new programs and groups Millie has been able to give to them.  If you are ever in the San Jacinto area, come say Hi to Millie!