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 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, 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 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!