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Inspiring Stories from South San Diego

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the San Diego’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from South San Diego below.

Rachel Jalanivich

I guess you could say I was raised to love the water. My dad was an avid scuba diver and fisherman and I was taught to have a deep respect for the sea from a young age. I grew up swimming in our pool and even had a little pink mask and snorkel. Read more>>

Shamine Linton

The idea of starting a community closet came to me when I was eleven years old, living on the island of Jamaica. I recall my friends wanting different career paths — some wanted to become soccer players, farmers, nurses, business owners. Read more>>

Tru Miller

I came to the Guadalupe Valley 20 years ago with my late husband Donald Miller to start a winery. It was our retirement project. We plated the vineyard in 1997 and we had our first harvest in 2000. We ended settling in Mexico because land was much cheaper here than in Napa or Sonoma and the weather qualities are the same as in Napa to grow grapes. Read more>>

Cristina Arellano

Our family, most importantly my Mother Silvia, has been in the beauty industry for 40 years. She is a licensed cosmetologist, owned 6 Beauty Salons, and Supplies in the Los Angeles area. She and I came to San Diego almost 13 years ago, to open a wholesale distribution of Johnny B. Hair Care, and Color Edge, among other brands we later added on. Read more>>>

TONY Godinez

It all started when I was 19yrs old, I had 2 jobs at Plaza Bonita The only reason I had 2 jobs was because I wanted to make a lot of money, no kids, no wife, living at moms house simply wanting more out of life I decided to ask my Uncle Hector for a job at Bill Howe Plumbing I started as an apprentice, learned about basic plumbing and drains, I ended up going to school for HVAC got HVAC Certified. Read more>>

Jessica Van Arsdale, Daniel Herbst

Over 10 years ago, Dan had seen Caltrans workers taking out trees on the side of the road. Being a resourceful maker, he stopped and asked what they were going to do with the trees. Normally they get mulched or turned to firewood. He got bit with the bug to acquire and utilize these trees. A fellow artist loaned him a chainsaw and he cut his first tree and milled the wood. Read more>>

Barbara Richardson

I am a retired Banker of 22 years. I had reached my peak within the industry and I had decided I would dedicate my time towards the Ministry my husband and I started in 2008. During that time as I was in submission of The Lord, the Lord directed me to open a preschool. I’ve always had a desire to work with children/teenagers and was a mentor to many. Lack of my own understanding I could never figure out why children including those familiar or strangers always showed unconditional love towards me. Read more>>

Joseph Snyder

A two week old child in Lima, Peru was sick with cholera and was being fed with a dropper because he was too weak to swallow. He was fading away and his immune system was not working well. A chiropractor saw this child and started to adjust the spine. Every couple of hours over a few days the child was administered a chiropractic adjustment and he started to gain mass and was able to swallow. His body started to turn on again his immune system was activated. Read more>>

Carolina Martinez

I was born and raised in Colombia. I came here when I was 14 years old. Immigrating to the United States was one of the most challenging and transformative experiences. My teachers and counselors did not think I could go to a 4-year university right after high school. Read more>>

Stepheni Norton

My husband and I purchased the Wallace D. Dickinson homestead in February 2012, as our forever home. When we bought the property, I was in the mist of pre-deployment work-up preparing for a 10-month OCONUS deployment – in March I was bit by a tick on San Clemente Island off the coast of South California. Unfortunately, Soutmyn California doctors are not Lyme literate, so I was left sick & untreated for a 10-month deployment. Read more>>

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