Thank you to the amazing front line Essential Services Warriors who are going above and beyond!

Meet our Moment Hereos:

March 22nd – 28th 

Terry Morrissey, Assistant to the Director of Education

Terry, your support of the students and school is immeasurable.  You always go above and beyond without complaint and solely to support our program.  Thank you for all you did in helping with the organization of the Distant Learning Curriculum.  Your help with this allowed us to ensure that our curriculum was able to be delivered to students on time.  I really appreciate you so much!  With respect and appreciation, Athene

Natalie Sisson, Senior Resource Staff Intervention Specialist

I am beyond proud of you for being the first person to receive this award. You truly are a Hero as you fearlessly rose to the occasion when another refused. You stayed focused on the needs of a youth in spite of a challenging time and went above and beyond at the end of a long day when I am sure you were ready to go home. THANK you for remembering that this is HIS home and providing the nurturing care that a prudent parent does and for your stand AND your assistance on so many things including helping with environmental. We appreciate you being an unsung hero. Thank you for transforming lives.

March 29th – April 4th  

Judy O’Barr, Teacher Jack Weaver School

Your YouTube channel is super adorable.  I appreciate you being so creative and doing whatever you can to engage your students in a meaningful way.  Your book reads and activities are great.  I love how you make connections with the story using items found in the book with the actual items.  I also appreciate you working with the COTA to incorporate OT strategies into the videos for the students to continue practicing these skills.  Thank you for all you are doing!

Ashley Adkins, Peer Mentor/Educational Assistant 

For your heroic response this past weekend, coming in when you had mid terms, operating in excellence to keep us safe clean AND supported and now have taken on Saturday and Sunday cleaning during this time. Talk about rising to the challenge. ! We appreciate you and salute you!! Beyond what 2 first wrote- You were Wonder Woman this past weekend. You give and give and show up in Love. Thank You for helping us Win This War!

April 5th-11th

Lazaro Cruz, Environmental Services Worker/Mechanic

Thank you for the creativity you have displayed over the past few weeks. Your commitment to ensuring that the Track for the kids has been completed is appreciated and valued.   Tammy so appreciates that you have literally been down in the mud, the rain, the sleet and despite all the drama we now have a great track! Start your engines!!

Sherice Moss, Senior Youth Support Worker

Thank you for your help to ensure Distance learning is running smoothly and kids are engaged in their group activities. We know that you are very family oriented and you are taking extra precautions to ensure you are keeping healthy distance from even family at this time to ensure the safety of yourself and Oak Grove.  We appreciate  your hard work and dedication to the kids and the Program.

Mariah Westlake, Senior Youth Support Worker 

Thank you for the creativity and engagement you have displayed over the past few weeks. Your calm approach has helped ease Staff and Resident worries/concern in these uncertain times. Thank you for making things fun and encouraging a new (temporary) normal on the dorm with the help of face masks, and your creative physical distance activities. Thank you!

April 12th-18th    

Kassy Hernandez,  Youth Support Worker 

Kassy has stepped in on multiple occasions to assist in the structure, consistency and overall reorganization on  Dorm C. Kassy has been the sub Senior on multiple occasions with a “get the job done” attitude and assisted in the execution of Distant Learning for all of Residential kids. We appreciate Kassy’s dedication, compassion and love she has for the boys. Thank you for setting the bar for Dorm C and helping us transform the Program in a continued positive direction and your willingness to roll with the constant changes we are all experiencing. Kassy has demonstrated “grace under fire” and outstanding work ethic and leadership when launching the Distance Learning Model with the boys. She is a strong role model and Hero during this time.

Kim Kinnick Jevas,  Teacher Oak Grove at the Ranch  

Ms. Kim, thank you for being creative in your approach to education for your students during the COVID-19 physical school closure.  The videos that you have posted have continued to get better and better with more emphasis on specific subject matter and content.  I appreciate you doing your best to make sure that the students can see a familiar face as part of their instruction.  Keep up the good work!
With Respect and Appreciation, Athene & Shannon

April 19th-25th

Tee McDaniel, Youth Support Worker 

Tee has been a great addition to Dorm C with her involvement in Running Club, and Group Activities on the Dorm. Thank you for having a positive attitude, follow through with the boys and teaching them how to be respectful. We appreciate your willingness to  come in early outside of your normal schedule to run with all of the kids. This is a great reflection of the level compassion, commitment and dedication you have to the Residents in our care.

May 3rd-9th

Nicole Huffman

We thank you for all you do and as a result of your hard work you were selected for Meeting the Moment Hero Award .icole we appreciate that you are a team player and are always willing to offer a helping hand to your fellow Life Coaches.  We value your calm demeanor and organizational skills as they help to create such smooth workshop environments week after week for our THRIVE youth.  Nicole you went above and beyond to ensure our youth’s needs were being met during this unprecedented time by creating and running a Pop-up Session where the youth were able to connect and learn.

Amber Nicklas

We appreciate your creativity and enthusiasm during Distant Learning.  Thank you for leading the way with the High School Teachers in the scheduling and implementation of Virtual Lessons / Science Experiences for the students.  We appreciate the collaboration and communication that you are having with your team teachers.  The Students appreciate being able to connect with their teachers and receive direct instruction.  You are a great resource!  Thank you also for all you are doing to create meaning STEAM activities for the Residents during is time.  We have received very positive feedback from Residents and Dorm Staff Members regarding these experiences.  Keep up the GREAT work!

May 10th-16th

Jonathan MCGraw and Troy Mars

Thank you for faithfully running with the Kids, building the team, sharing the dream of being out-free-and healthy. I appreciate having witnessed both of you grow and the relationships you are building with Youth from all 3 dorms, not just B. You are great role models and I appreciate having a regular dynamic duo that has been more faithful, loyal, supportive and consistent than any previous or current staff runners. I would not have attempted the downhill on the trail with so many if I was not able to rely on the strength (and eyes and feet) that you provide. With a grateful heart for the impact you make, Tammy

Deborah Peralta 

Deborah took a Resident for an emergency room visit with a positive attitude, and helping the Residents to feel comfortable and cared for. Deborah is sensitive to the individual needs of the Residents especially during this time and does what it takes to protect herself and the Residents in her care. Thank you for meeting this moment!

Denise Solis

Denise you have shown great leadership skills guiding with purpose and enthusiasm that elevates the entire Perris virtual workshop, youth and staff. We value that you go above and beyond keeping in contact and arranging 1:1s with the youth to contribute to their well-being. Your idea to create our THRIVE Quarantine video to benefit the youth and staff has added so much fun to this unprecedented time. Denise we appreciate that you are consistent & intentional with all that you do and how you support our youth and the entire THRIVE team. Your hard work and dedication is valued and appreciated

May 17th-23rd

Alexis Lira 

Alexis was a great asset to have come and help out during this time. She picked up all the duties and responsibilities in the Dietary Department effortlessly. She was a pleasure to work with, Culinary and Oak Grove are lucky to have her. Thanks for all you do!


May 24th-30th

Krystyna Soch

Krystyna, your representation of the Oak Grove Team is appreciated and continues to be recognized.  It is always rewarding when we hear a Parent express gratitude for the wonderful work that you do.  As a parent wrote, “I just wanted to email you this morning to say thank you. Our daughter woke up this morning in a such great mood and very big appetite. She said she slept really good and feels good today. Also she’s just talking my ear off like crazy about different things. It’s so amazing. It’s so nice to see her smile and laughing. I thought I would never experience it. I want to say thank you to you and the whole team at Oak Grove of what you are doing to help my daughter.” 

Lacy Lockhart

Lacy, Thank you for your creativity in groups/activities and your over achiever nature. We loved your involvement in the Cinco De Mayo Nacho event and Chopped competition. We really see the incredible, progressive changes happening on Dorm C with your involvement and connection with the kids. Thank you for your out of the box ideas and execution of them. Thank you for setting the standard and increasing the bar!

May 31st – June 6th

Juan Monge

Thank you for your involvement in Running Club, the kids really enjoyed your participation and excitement. We also appreciate your creativity in creating healthy and appropriate challenges for the kids, running a soccer competition with them and modeling fun and play. The Program Coordinator appreciates your help and support in coaching and training on Dorm C and providing support in areas of need. Thank you for branching out and stepping outside of your comfort zone, we cannot wait to see more of it.

June 7th-13th

Amber Withey

Amber, your ability to build connections with our contract partners has been a game changer for us. We appreciate the time and energy you put in to ensuring our contacts understand and value our services. It could have been a scary time in some of the personal changes they have been making but your quick thinking and rapport helped our referral process thrive. Amber your leadership with some of our acute families has really helped staff grow and become better. Thank you for all you do to ensure the quality and growth or our Wraparound Program.

June 7th-13th

Melissa Schaefer

Thank you for your enthusiasm with running club, encouraging the kids in their goals and future endeavors. We appreciate your positive attitude on any dorm you work on, meeting each kid with their individual needs and your positive rapport building. We appreciate all that you bring to the table when you are here, thank you for meeting the moment and showing up for the kids.

June 14th-20th

Brianna Clark Galapir

You were selected for the Meeting the Moment HERO Award for June 14th-20th . During these unpredictable times, Brianna has met the moment on so many occasions. Brianna not only assisted with spear heading distance learning but she is also meeting with Staff and SRs providing training and coaching, supporting Rehab training and reviewing notes, and even taking on GRAD night with short notice. Her assistance with GRAD night decorations, theme, outdoor movie set up and overall execution not only provided the Residents with a unique high school experience but it turned out to be one of the best and most fun GRAD nights. The CEO commented on the fact that although some thought it would be remembered as the Pandemic Prom, it was actually the best Prom-Grad Night ever. Part of this is because the relationships are so strong and the activities so much fun! We are grateful for her level of engagement in the program and with the Residents, thank you for Meeting this Moment.

Tatiana Mamede

You were selected for the Meeting the Moment HERO Award for Tatiana has stepped up in so many ways in taking the lead on Distance Learning on Dorm A and completing treatment team reports for Residents. Tatiana was also present during our first virtual tour with Community Care Licensing. Although Tatiana was unaware of the tour, her professionalism and hard work was evident and exhibited the hard work our Staff do even when no one is looking! Tatiana has also supported the Residents on the morning runs, encouraging them to challenge themselves and push further each time. We appreciate all of her hard work and determination, thank you for Meeting the Moment ( even when you think no one is watching)!!

Laura Bayona

In the last few months, Laura has met the moment on so many occasions. We especially appreciate your leadership in coordinating the great lip sync video performance by the HR team. You are a great role model for team work, promoting fun and the pursuit of excellence in all you do. We value your dedication and commitment to the entire facility. Thank you!

June 21st-27th

Pam Shey

Pam, you continue to strive to ensure that our IOP and PHP Clients are successful. We appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication to the Groups. In addition, you have combine Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with the therapeutic component of treatment to increase the client’s success. Your work never goes unnoticed with the enthusiasm that the Clients shows when they participate in your group and the “Thank You” note that was sent by a Client. Thanks for all you do to help make our program successful!

June 28th- July 4th

Theresa Gonzales

Theresa you have been instrumental in our virtual transition during this unpresented time. We value that you join every virtual meeting with a smile on your face as well as a pleasant and positive attitude, this helps set the tone for those around you. Theresa we appreciate your effort to maintain connection with each of your workshop youth. For it is through these connections we have been able to identify and support youth with greater needs during this time. Theresa we appreciate the attention to detail you show when developing your virtual workshops, they are beyond engaging and informative.

July 12th-18th

Anthony Ivey

Anthony is a strong addition to Dorm C, Not only has he built a strong/healthy rapport with the Resident on his core, he prioritizes checking in on all of the Residents and working to develop connections with them as well. Anthony has stepped into a Sub Senior role and has contributed to structure, relationships and consistency.

We appreciate Anthony’s heart and motivation to provide the boys with leadership and guidance. Anthony’s contribution to the running club has been fun and encouraging. Keep up the good work.


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