Date(s) - 06/28/2013
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
SAFE Alternatives for Everyone
S.A.F.E. 28910 Pujol StreetTemecula, CA 92590
Melissa has been working in the field of social services for over 24 years. She has been awarded millions of dollars in grants to operate a myriad of programs including; domestic violence shelters, runaway and homeless youth programs, gang diversion programs, drug and alcohol… treatment programs, child abuse programs and many more.
Melissa received her degree at Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo and holds a multitude of certifications that have allowed her to run a wide variety of programs. Her background has been primarily in out of home care for children including group homes, foster care agencies as well as domestic violence and sexual assault response teams, runaway and homeless youth programs, gang intervention and many others.
In October 2001, she was hired as the first employee and Executive Director of Safe Alternatives for Everyone in Temecula. The agency served domestic violence victims and their families through volunteer efforts. Melissa was hired to turn the volunteer agency into a service provider to help children, youth and families who were struggling with abuse and violence.
Today the agency provides a multitude of services including prevention programs for youth, operates the Temecula/Murrieta Police Activities League as well as domestic violence services out of the Riverside County Southwest Justice Center. Now S.A.F.E. employs 10 staff and has helped thousands of children, youth and families. Melissa is part of the founding Board of Directors for the Family Justice Center Foundation which started the Family Justice Center movement in Riverside County in partnership with District Attorney Grover Trask, founding and past board member of the Single Mothers in Rewarding Fellowship program, a former board member of Temecula Noon Rotary, Finance Chair for the Race for Humanity for 3 years, and Board Member of Operation for Hope in San Diego and serves and assists other non-profits in the valley.
Melissa has been nominated and chosen to receive many acknowledgements for her work over the years including a commendation from Governor Davis for her work on changing legislation for runaway youth, acknowledgment from the National Task on Runaway Youth, Women of Merit nominee, Temecula Chamber Citizen of the Year Nominee 2005, was awarded the 2007 Soroptimist International, Making a Difference for Women Award, one of the 12 statewide Governor’s Crime Victim Advocate Awards in 2008 and most recently 3rd rd District Woman of the Year. S.A.F.E. was also acknowledged as the Temecula Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year in 2004.
Melissa has been married for twenty-five years to her husband Daniel and has two children Kyle 21 years and Kristin 23 years old. Melissa and her family have lived in Temecula since 1988. Melissa considers herself very lucky to work and live in such a caring community and feels blessed to have raised her children here.