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Meet Mid-City CAN Database Manager Patty Melendrez

http://www.midcitycan.org/images/stories/files/Daily_Updates/130117pattymelendrez.jpgI was born and raised in City Heights. I am the youngest and only girl of three, born to my parents who have lived in City Heights for more than 20 years. I grew up almost on the border of City Heights and Adams Avenue.

I attended Benjamin Franklin Elementary, where I made many friends. It was as if I was living in two worlds: in the City Heights area where most of my family lived, and where I attended school where most of my friends were from the Adams Avenue-area. I noticed a difference in the way kids did things. I had one best friend, and she was the middle child of three. My mom used to take care of her, her brother and her little sister and me on a weekly basis. Her brother, her and I all attended the same school and would be picked up together.

Then it was time to go to middle school, where I departed from all of my friends. All of my friends went on to public schools. My parents decided to send me to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic School, where I was alone and had to begin making friends again. Sacred Heart also is in City Heights. After Sacred Heart, I attended Marian Catholic High, now known as Mater Dei Catholic High. It is in Imperial Beach. My brother would drop me off in the morning before work and would pick me up after school before he started school.

The majority of students came from Tijuana. The rest were from all over San Diego. High school was an interesting learning experience, from friends to classes, to preparing for the world. Most kids were snobs, as they felt they were better than others based on where they were from. Some kids even said that I lived in “the ghetto” when I told them I lived in City Heights. But I know that City Heights has changed a lot -- for the better, including new buildings, programs for children and many projects that bring the community together.

I attended United Education Institute College in Chula Vista. I studied medical billing and insurance coding. I learned about not only coding things, but data entry as well, which is what I want to do. I have been working for SAY San Diego, Mid-City CAN’s fiscal agent, for almost three years. I began as a childcare worker for parent education classes, and moved up to being an office assistant, where I began to exercise my data-entry skills. I then heard of the opening with Mid-City Can for data entry, and, right away, I knew I wanted to apply. Thankfully, I was offered the position and am now looking forward to working with the Mid-City Can staff and community.

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