Denise Valle is Mid-City CAN's database/administrative assistant. She started working at Mid-City CAN on June 10.
By Denise Valle
I grew up in the North Park and City Heights area and now reside in National City. I have always had an interest in helping people and animals. At 19, I received guardianship of my ex-husband's brother, sister and niece. This meant that I had a 9-, 14- and 15-year-old under my care. I was also fostering for Pit Bull Rescue San Diego and had three Pitty's, one Akita, and two Chihuahuas. I am happy to say that all of the animals I fostered found placement. The children I fostered are grown up and doing well. The 15-year-old stayed with me until she was 22. She is now in the U.S. Air Force.
I am a single mother of a 4-year-old boy. In addition to working full-time at Mid-City CAN, I am attending school and am studying for my bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
I previously worked for nonprofit organization working with families. I was browsing through the SAY San Diego website when I came across the administrative position listing for Mid-City CAN. I submitted my resume thinking it was a program involved in the social service world. Mid-City CAN is not a social service program, but provides support and services to help empower the community. It gives members the confidence and tools they need to build healthier and safer communities. I do not recall having programs like this available when I was a teen, which lead to many of friends falling into the juvenile justice system. I see how involved the youth and other community members are at Mid-City CAN and how the staff mentors them. I am happy that I stumbled across this program and became a part of the team.