“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
South Bay Community Services (SBCS) has staff throughout the county to assist children, youth and families where they need it most. SBCS is able to support thousands each year due to gifts of time, talents and treasures. No gift is too small. There are so many who are just a circumstance away from what seems like a hopeless situation. Everyone has an opportunity to invest in a life and help. Thanks to SBCS’ Board Chair, Diane Mueller, no one has to feel alone.
10 Things About Diane Mueller & South Bay Community Services
#1 I was fortunate to grow up in San Diego.
#2 I am Native American – Pasqua Yaqui Tribe.
#3 My favorite travel destination is Greece thus far.
#4 I would like to someday create a trust or foundation that solely supports children’s organizations.
#5 Unfortunately, our 17-year old puppy Kona passed last November.
#6 People that truly want to better their lives, do just that.
#7 You can’t change the past, but you can start where you are now and change the future.
#8 During the 2008 recession, our business at Tucker Sadler Architects was affected by the economic downturn. I had the privilege of allocating monetary support to several non-profit and community organizations on behalf of our firm. When we offered support at a reduced monetary level, some organizations were not receptive. As a result of the negative feedback received, our firm made a decision to fully support organizations such as SBCS that provide critical services to those in dire need, produce positive outcomes, and wholeheartedly welcome our commitment in any form.
#9 The Medinas are raising their two granddaughters after their daughter was murdered in front of the girls by their own father. The girls attended SBCS’ therapeutic preschool, Mi Escuelita. They are now in second and third grade, doing well and excelling academically. Although we can never take away what they experienced or the heartbreak, we have been able to help the Medinas create a stronger foundation for their family. The girls recently took part in the expansion celebration at Mi Escuelita and it filled my heart to see them giggling and smiling.
#10 Domestic violence impacts a child’s development and education, as well as the overall health of our community. Proceeds from SBCS’ annual gala, “Change Their Lives”, will provide emergency and transitional shelters, counseling, job readiness, and therapeutic schooling for children. It is one of the premier events of the year where we celebrate partnerships and truly get to change lives.