Valley Restart Shelter is pleased to welcome Eddie Ortiz, Crystal Castellanos, Nadia Baez, and Vanessa Valle to its great team. Both Eddie and Crystal began on February 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the Navigation Department. Nadia came board as a Case Worker on the Shelter side on March 16th. Vanessa is a graduate student intern from Arizona State University and joined VRS on January 18.
Eddie comes with a background in both loss prevention as well as pastoral work with homeless populations including experience with Path of Life Ministries. He is a licensed ordained minister from Turning Point International Ministries in Ontario, CA. At one point he also administered transitional homes for single men undergoing sobriety while in probation.
Crystal was born and raised in the City of Hemet and is very familiar with the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley. She brings a strong background in customer service as well as a caregiver, and therefore has an extensive knowledge on how to deal with people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. She understands what the community needs are in terms of helping our homeless get back on their feet and working on obtaining leads for affordable housing and wrap-around services.
Nadia has a background that includes working with at-risk youth and foster children. She’s been a part of interdisciplinary teams including therapists, social workers, probation officers, law enforcement, and others. She has a strong understanding of case management and community engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cal State San Bernardino.
Vanessa is working on completing 480 internship hours as part of her Master of Social Work. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, also from Arizona State University. She is currently assisting with case management, community referrals, community outreach, front desk, conducting background checks, assisting at mealtimes, and other related duties.
Emil is the new Night Security/Operations member. He joined VRS on April 17th. He is the co-founder of Conduit CDC and a special advisory to the Board for strategic planning, logistics, and community outreach. Emil’s work experience is in transportation, planning, community security, driving and community services including ministry in meal programs, homeless outreach, community development and youth development. Emil is enjoys working with and encouraging youth affected by gangs and gang violence. Emil is a devoted father, husband, and ordained Deacon at Bread of Life Church. He is committed to his community of Hemet and San Jacinto where he resides. His goal and desire is to change the trajectory of our community due to poverty, injustice, adverse childhood experiences and trauma. He is committed to eradicating systemic racism, poverty and lack of education and resources that impact the lives of so many under-served people. VRS is proud to have him on board!