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Jessica Valenzuela


How long have you worked for the County?   5 years. (I started at 7th street as a Volunteer in 2014, then offered an Extra Help OAII position in 2015 and VA at PRC in 2016.) 

What do you like most about your job?  It feels good being a part of a team that works together as a unit and being able to assist others when they are in need of support. 

Why did you decide to work for the County?  I was a stay at home mom for 10 years, and after being a Pact Volunteer at 7th street I realized that I missed working and I really enjoyed be part of a team who supports our community.

What is your most memorable accomplishment during your County career?  I was asked to assist a TAY client who had low self-esteem (among other mental health issues) and was in need of extra support, I worked with her for quite some time, I remember she was struggling to find work and  getting into college due to feeling incapable. She was able to overcome the fear of rejection, went on an interview for at a temporary position and she was hired. I remember the excitement in her voice and the many thanks we received from her. Although we assisted her she was still able to do it on her own. It felt really good helping her gain that courage. 

When I'm not at work you can find me... Although I enjoy being home Brian and the kids keep me busy, so more than likely we are enjoying our family time up in Mariposa, camping in Shaver and Pismo, or just having fun somewhere in Fresno.

What was your first job? Although my first job was about 3 months at Burger King... My first real job was for Our House as a Direct Care Assistant for 3 1/2 years.

What is your favorite food? Aside from my daily cravings for chocolate, I love Italian food anything and everything from pizza to all the different pastas.  

What is your favorite kind of music?  My play list is all over the place lol I listen to Today's Hits, Country, Reggaeton, and for my long drives I like Instrumental Chill hits. 

What is your favorite sports team?  I tend to be the "Red Sheep" of my family and friends (they're mostly Raider fans) lol I'm a loyal 49er fan even during their not so good seasons. I'm also loyal to my baseball team SF Giants! 

If you were to travel anywhere in the world for a dream vacation, where would it be? My dream vacation wold probably be Rome or Greece.  

Where do you see yourself in five years?   In 5 years I see myself succeeding in life anywhere I am, still enjoying our family trips hopefully one in Rome or Greece lol.    


Beatriz Alejandre