Volunteer of the Month
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April 2021
Leisa Alexander

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This month we’d like to shine the light on someone few of you may have seen, but may have benefited from her volunteering. Lesia (pronounced Lisa) Alexander has been helping us out since 2020. During that time she has helped serve meals for Thanksgiving, Operation Senior Claus, and most recently, the Grab-n-Go dinners Monday thru Friday she can be helping out her sister, Mae Lucero, getting the dinners from the local restaurants, then helping to distribute them to seniors at the center. However, Leisa doesn’t just come here help to serve food. All that work can wear a person out, so when she’s not volunteering, she enjoys coming to the center’s Aerobics Program to boost her cardio. Originally from Meridian, MS, she and her two siblings came out Calif., to live with, and be raised by their big sister Mae, when their mom passed away. After she grew up she went to work for the Dept. of Corrections where she worked for 27 years before retiring. During that time she raised a son, who in turn, gave her a grandchild. Thanks Leisa for helping to ensure that our senior don’t go hungry.


Featured Class


Featured Activity

Last month members of our Cane Defense class went to the Orange County International Open for martial arts. Frank Rodriguez and Micheal Wagnon, both brown belts, each walked away with trophies for their effort and skills.

The Cane Defense class is taught by Senior Master Jim Willoughby. He has taught the class for nearly five years. He has been involved in martial arts for over 50 years, is a member of the Masters 2012 Hall of Fame.

Senior Master Willoughbys thoughts on the class is simple. Everyone else was teaching kids, and he had a bad knee so he and former instructor Grandmaster Pierre Bergere put a class together that takes seniors limits and disabilities into account. There are other cane classes out there, but they require a full range of motion. This class does not. The class also focuses on the redirection of power, and not necessarily attack. The class meets at 10 a.m., and the cost is $10 per week. For more information call us at (909)862-8104 or stop by the class.