BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Arlene Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Restoring Hope Community Services, Inc. For over four years she have dedicated her life and passion to the Homeless Veterans and other community causes. Before Arlene started her campaign to build new homes for struggling Vets she shares publicly her very own personal experience concerning two of her cousins who fought in the Vietnam War.
Arlene regarded the challenges and difficult transitions of men and women returning back to their very own country as a call to respond to the growing need in America today. A need to become a champion for those who once fought for our protection and interest. Arlene encourages and rally her community to stand and support the increasing number of homeless veterans and their families. Find out how you can get involve and become a part of this great effort by registering to be a supporter for homeless Veterans.
Ms. Arlene Jackson
RHCS Founder / CEO
I am a Riverside native. I have resided most of my 63 years in the immediate area. I have had numerous jobs as a public servant. I began my working career at the Perris Valley Inn as a busboy. My experiences include retail sales, waste management, volunteer and seasonal firefighter for Cal Fire and I have had over 35 years of supervisory experience. I join the US Navy during the Vietnam War as a Seaman on the U.S.S. Bryce Canyon (AD36) from April 1970 to January 1972 and later with the Air Force Reserves station at March Air Force Base as Sergeant in the Fire Department from 1974 to 1978 and again from 1985 to 1991. I left the Air Force Reserves as Staff Sergeant after Desert Storm. My longest career venture was with the Riverside County Sheriffs where I served for 201/2 years, finishing with them as a Correctional Sergeant. After retiring in 2002, I was hired as the manager of Camper Resorts of America RV Park here in Perris.
I have served in the past as an Ambassador for the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce; I am currently on Perris Public Safety Commission and on the Perris City Parade Committee. I have help to raise money for the Perris Valley Women’s Club, Restoring Hope homeless veteran home and the Inland Empire Valley Buffalo Solders Association. My favorite hobby is photography.
Rosie Bass is the founder and CEO of S.A.R.A. Institute (Substance Abuse Recovering Addiction). Rosie served in the United States Navy for 7 years and was honorably discharged in 1999. Rosie worked as a Veterans Services Representative for 4 years where she assisted veteran men and women to apply for their veteran benefits.
During her time working as a Veteran Services Representative she came across veterans from all walks of life, some homeless and some on the verge of becoming homeless. So many of the homeless veterans that came into Rosie’s path touched her heart and she knew then that she had to do something to help these men and women who so many had turned a blind eye to and that’s when she established S.A.R.A Institute.
Melissa Barnes wants to live in a world where common decency, common courtesy, and common sense are once again common. As an Executive Assistant for the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce for the last three years, she’s worked hand-in-hand with community leaders, business owners, and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels; planning and implementing a wide-range of programs and services to meet the needs of the area with regard to a diversity of interests and positions on local issues.
When she’s not at the Chamber, she can be found spending quality time with husband, Shane; daughter, Allarae; son, Johnny; and two bonus daughters, Shayna and Shyla.
Melissa's current project with the Chamber— the second round of an exciting, community-wide fundraising initiative — Win Some Wheels — aims to raise $200,000 for local schools, clubs, and other nonprofits through collaborative efforts.
Dr. Norman Towels
Dr. Norman Towel’s story is a triumphant one, an odyssey marked by scholarship, public service and a passion for educational pursuit. It was more than Towels’ 40 years of service to the Val Verde Unified School District that cemented his reputation among academics, politicians and civil rights figures as a pragmatic and visionary leader.
Towels recently retired from the Val Verde Unified School District as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. He had previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, Director of Personnel and Director of Educational Services. Other experience includes working as a Special Projects Coordinator, a teacher and teaching mentor. Towels also served as a counselor at Riverside Juvenile Hall for 26 years.
He also started and directed the Val Verde Student Success Academy, an alternative school that graduated more then 200 at-risk students in the last five years. Seventy-five percent of those students passed the state’s High School Exit Exam.
Towels sees himself as a conduit, working on behalf of all community and non-profit groups, while raising their profile, raising necessary funds to promote their programs and keeping them financially solvent so they can thrive and prosper.