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“People in need of these services no longer have to leave their community and travel to San Jose, to enter an unfamiliar area where they don’t know anyone. “We meet victims in the beginning when they’re not in a good place. It’s heartwarming to see the light in their eyes and their smiles when they’ve come full circle—survivors who have received support and been made whole. Our community is safer, more aware, and supportive, because of Community Solutions and our partners in the Family Justice Center.” Kudos for Zen In 2016, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s offi ce acknowledged Zen’s exemplary work helping survivors of domestic violence and her pivotal role in the formation of several Family Justice Centers by honoring her as the inaugural recipient of the annual Melinda “Mindy” Zen Award for Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy. In 2017, Community Solutions presented Zen with the Helping Hands & Healing Hearts Award at its annual spring fundraising event in Morgan Hill. The award recognizes a community leader dedicated to improving the lives of others. Walking in Her Shoes Zen is often asked what it’s like to be a female in law enforcement. “My mother always told me I could do anything I wanted to do. When I work with our Explorers, whether they’re girls or guys, I share my story and the roles I’ve played in the Morgan Hill Police Department. “I tell them, ‘Law enforcement is a great career. Go on a ride along, read about what we do. Ask our officers about their work. If you can see your- self in these roles, and have the desire to learn and grow, then go for it. You can make an impact, address crime and blight with your hard work, and be part of the change you want to see.’” “In South County, the Morgan Hill and Gilroy PD and the County Sheriff work very closely together. We know and rely on each other especially in natural disaster and emergency situations when all our resources are needed.” MHPD Offi cer Mindy Zen Proudly Employee Owned The direct relationship between work, ownership, and community involvement fuels a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. 1351 Pacheco Pass Hwy Gilroy, CA 95020 408-842-3358 RecologySouthValley-ad.indd 2 6/7/2017 4:50:30 PM Featuring Casual Dining Daily Specials Parties for 20+ Pet Friendly Wine Club Exceptional wines paired with local & organic cuisine Daily Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4-6 pm Weekends 12-3 pm 17105 Monterey Road • Morgan Hill • 408.779.8800 • 50 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/AUGUST 2017