We are so excited to welcome Chelsea as SFC’s new Resource Navigator!
Read on to learn more about Chelsea!
Tell us about yourself!
I grew up in the LA area but went away to San Diego for school. I attended San Diego State University where I got my bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in psychology. After graduating I felt like I needed to come back so I went to Cal State LA and got my master’s in social work so that I could help people in the area I grew up in.
Where did you work before SFC?
Before coming to SFC, I worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with their Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Program.
How did you hear about SFC?
I heard about SFC while I was job hunting. I wish I had heard of the center sooner though because I could have been referring people for services.
Why did you want to work here? What specific skills are you excited to bring to your position at SFC?
I wanted to work here because I believe the services the center provides are necessary and it takes a community to really help people get the things they need. As a social worker, I am excited to bring in my ideas on future projects, program development, and ways to implement mental and emotional care into our work with the community.
What about our mission appeals to you?
As helpers, we must empower, educate, and accompany those in need. Working within a community to do that is the best way to actually achieve it. The center’s mission is to do those things and more in order to make sure that community members feel seen and heard, not just that they are being handed a plate of food, but that they are a part of their own life process. That is what I like about this mission.
What are your favorite pastimes?
During my free time, I enjoy reading, watching films, and attending shows.
What is your hope for the future of SFC and our community?
My hope for the future of SFC is to be able to develop programs that will allow for more access to services and strong connections with community partners to ensure community growth.