This year's North County San Diego Military and Veterans Summit
honored "Hidden Heroes", family members and loved ones who
serve as caregivers for our veterans. These selfless folks are
critical to ensuring our veterans have the quality care they need and
deserve. Let's not forget, providing that kind of care can be
isolating and take a mental and physical toll. Fortunately, there are
military resource centers throughout the county dedicated to assisting
with health, employment, and housing issues. Click here for more
information: Caregiver Support, Hidden Heroes.
Thank you to those who attended our Summit. While you are indeed doing heroic things to support your families, you are definitely not hidden.
If you’ve ever had a mentor, you understand how much of an impact they can have. Especially for kids and teens caught up in the juvenile justice system. Making yourself available as a trusted adviser to someone in need can be a crucial turning point in that person's life. So it was exciting to see so many passionate people at this year’s Community Mentor Summit. It is through their hard work that young lives are transformed and redirected toward a path with purpose and hope.
The Alabaster Jar Project is a safe haven for women who have been affected by human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Survivors are restored, rehabilitated and helped with finding employment. This leads to true empowerment. In the last 5 years Alabaster has served nearly 300 women. I am so proud to support this program. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your celebration.
I was so impressed with all of the 4th graders at Creekside Elementary School! The students were surprised to hear much of their daily lives are impacted by local government. Not only were they respectful and great listeners, they had some really impressive questions. My favorite though, "How old are you?"