I met Valerie while I was in my early 20’s working in the Financial District of San Francisco. I was working my way through Community College with the goal of transferring to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. Valerie was always supportive of my goals and became a pseudo mother to me. She helped me with the transition into a full-time student when I was accepted to Mills College. To this day, Valerie has always made herself available and accessible to me whatever the need. She is an amazing human being who offers honesty and genuine compassion and love to those around her. I will forever be thankful for meeting Valerie and her invaluable contribution to my life. I always know I have a place with her.