Annette Sanchez

Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. welcomes Annette Sanchez, Chief Operating Officer
Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Annette Sanchez, Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, Sanchez will lead top management to ensure a high level of organizational management, staffing, infrastructure and governance. She will work closely with VHB CEO, Carol Ornelas, to lead and develop strategy as VHB continues to build new, affordable housing throughout Central California.
In her new role, Sanchez will manage daily internal functions, represent the organization on housing and community development issues, and develop effective policies, procedures, and systems. In addition, she will provide long-term planning to manage the organization’s current activities and future growth and expansion to ensure visibility of the organization, as well as the success of its mission and strategic plan.
“We are pleased to welcome Annette Sanchez to the VHB team as Chief Operating Officer,” states Carol Ornelas, CEO of VHB. “Annette is a seasoned community leader and is a strong addition to our team. Her expertise in strategic development and project implementation are valuable tools that will help us continue to meet the affordable housing needs of our community.”
Previously with El Concilio, Sanchez has more than twenty years of operational and leadership experience in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, including expertise in fundraising, community relationships, and team management. She has been an advocate for low-income and Spanish speaking families throughout her career. Sanchez resides in Stockton.

Yogurt Mill raises more than $4,000 for Love Modesto
On Aug. 12, Yogurt Mill raised more than $4,000 for Love Modestoby having the four locations donate 20% of proceeds on an entire day to Love Modesto and Love Our Neighbors, a community-wide volunteer program that aids local neighborhoods, schools and underserved families in Modesto.
“We are thrilled to have doubled the donation to Love Modesto this year over last year! Our Yogurt Mill family is part of this wonderful community and we are all so proud to support Love Modesto and to give back to whenever we can,” said Yogurt Mill Founder and CEO, Larry Young. “We know this has been a tough year for many folks and hope this contribution can make a difference for those in need.”
Love Modesto is an annual event that draws over 7,000 volunteers across a wide range of community projects such as neighborhood cleanups, restoration, meal deliveries and animal shelter assistance.
Swirling since 1984, Yogurt Mill offers soft-serve indulgences, including vegan, dairy-free and low-fat options. From classic probiotic-rich Heavenly Vanilla froyo to specially sourced acai bowls and Instagram-ready Outrageous Cones, Yogurt Mill’s delectable soft serve caters to everyone in the community. A new Yogurt Mill concoction is the Bang Energy Shake, a mixture of premium sorbet and Bang energy drinks available in a variety of flavors. Yogurt Mill has three locations in Modesto, and one location in Turlock. Two of the Modesto locations and the Turlock location have drive-thrus in addition to one self-serve in Modesto.
Yogurt Mill was recognized as 2020’s “Best Yogurt in 209” by 209 Magazine. Readers vote for their favorite local businesses across 80 categories in the Best of 209 awards.

Community Hospice receives partner level four from We Honor Veterans
Community Hospice is proud to announce they have been named a We Honor Veterans Level Four Program Provider. This distinguished honor certifies Community Hospice recognizes the unique needs of America’s Veterans, their families and community providers.
As veterans often carry traumatic experiences from their time in service, many present an array of challenges as they face their end-of-life journey. Community Hospice is dedicated to providing resources and guiding Veterans through their life stories, providing individualized care to ensure a more peaceful ending. They also work to recruit veteran volunteers to come alongside their veteran patients as these volunteers have the unique ability to relate more closely with their shared experiences in the military.
“Community Hospice is committed to improving quality of life and end-of-life care for our local Veterans,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO. “Our team of experienced professionals have been specially educated and trained to assist Veterans and their families. It is an honor to walk alongside our brave heroes providing support and resources. We feel privileged to partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Veterans Administration.”

Aaron Judge All Rise Foundation awards mini-grant
For over 22 years First Tee of San Joaquin has been using the platform of golf to provide innovative and experiential learning opportunities for young people. Character education and long-term life skills are at the heart of the programs, which are delivered by coaches who have been trained in positive youth development.
The mission of First Tee of San Joaquinis to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
This mini-grant will be used to provide “Golferships” to underserved youth to participate in First Tee programs. Participants are taught golf basics related to grip, stance, and swing. Volunteer coaches work in small groups to develop chipping, putting, and full swings.
“Any time character education is built into activities for our youth, it makes a huge impact on our communities”, said Aaron Judge, Founder of Aaron Judge All Rise Foundation. “First Tee Golferships will enable kids to participate that may have never had the chance.”

Merced County Rescue Mission named charity of the year
When the Merced County Rescue Mission was formed in 1991, the needs of the homeless and those battling addiction were enormous. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, those needs are even greater, so the Recuse Mission is doing even more to address them.
Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) is proud to honor The Merced County Rescue Mission as the 2020 California Non-Profit of the Year for the 21st Assembly District.
Under the direction of Dr. Bruce Metcalf, and with the help of roughly 30 staff members and dozens of volunteers, the Rescue Mission has found food for the hungry, beds for the homeless and created hope for those who have been caught up in addiction.
The urgency of this work has intensified this year. Working with Merced County and other non-profits, the Rescue Mission delivers food to those in need, such as senior citizens. It also oversees Project Roomkey in Merced County, part of a statewide effort to find safe emergency housing for the homeless.
In August, the community celebrated a virtual groundbreaking for the Rescue Mission’s new Merced campus. Using modified cargo containers, it will offer 32 Medical Respite beds for those recovering from medical procedures; 12 additional beds for men, 10 more for women and 13 new family units for women with children. Teachers will be invited to instruct clients on using computer programs to track their finances and prepare resumes. In the center’s kitchen, residents can learn commercial culinary skills.
The Rescue Mission also began working with Merced County to develop a navigation center where clients can find temporary housing, job counseling and three meals each day. Assemblyman Gray helped secure roughly $7.5 million in state funding for the center, which is expected to open by the end of 2020.
“This has been an incredible project,” said Assemblymember Gray during the center’s groundbreaking ceremony. “Homelessness is a moral issue that affects our public safety and our quality of life. The Rescue Mission is at the forefront of doing all we can to alleviate this crisis within our community.”

Andrew Timbie

Sierra Vista Child & Family Services hires Andrew Timbie to replace retiring CEO, Judy Kindle
The Sierra Vista Child & Family Services Board of Directors announced it has hired Andrew Timbie as SVCFS’s CEO to succeed Judy Kindle, who is retiring after 36 years with SVCFS – 33 of which were as CEO.
Though she is retiring, Kindle has graciously agreed to assist Timbie during this transition, consistent with her spirit and her commitment to caring. Specifically, Kindle will facilitate introductions for Timbie to all who assist SVCFS and its provision of the full continuum of care services in the community.

Judy Kindle

Board Chair, Michael Donohoe, said, “Judy can never truly be replaced. Her retirement, though well-deserved, will leave a gaping hole in Sierra Vista. She has made the agency what it is today, and her legacy will be long-lasting. That being said, the Board is very excited about bringing Andrew in as Judy’s successor. I am anxious to see the great impact he will have on Sierra Vista and our community.”
Timbie joins SVCFS after leading a national network of offices for World Relief as their Sr. Director for US Field Operations. Under his leadership, significant transformations were achieved in the operational turnaround of local offices, leadership development and promotion of staff to national levels, and expansion of the organization’s political and community influence.
His background includes business and marketing, leading international teams in establishing a new radio station in Africa, and serving as a Rotarian board member. Timbie holds an MS of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a BA in Mass Communications from Taylor University.

Adrian Harrell

New Bridge Property President/CEO joins national property managers board
Adrian Harrell, the President, CEO and Principal Property Manager at New Bridge Management, which manages the real estate portfolios of investors, has joined the National Association of Residential Property Managers – California state chapter as the President Elect and the speaker/education committee chair.
Harrell has held leadership roles at numerous local community and national organizations such as the Modesto Sister Cities International organization, Central Valley Professional Exchange, Central Valley Association of Realtors and National Association of Residential Property Managers.