Janet Burgess’s endurance, dedication and achievements make most people feel humbled. Her strong faith in God is what gave her the strength and hope required to survive a life-threatening disease. It also fueled her motivation in establishing a unique business venture she had been considering prior to her diagnosis.
Nestled in the middle of the 500 block of Wensley Avenue in El Centro, down a street lined with lampposts that are reminiscent of the Gaslamp District, lies the home of Anita Slobig. Born and raised in El Centro, Slobig is a true fixture in the community, treasured choir teacher at Southwest High School, and someone who had dreams of living in a home on the lush, tree-lined streets of her neighborhood from an early age.
The decision to join the Navy was initially spawned out of juvenile frustration, Brenda Corrao admits. As a 17-year-old, she was attending a health careers school and was fed up with books; she was lured by the idea of traveling and having a regular paycheck.
Keeping a military family together can be a daunting task, but when it is matched with the challenging duty of running a children’s home, it can seem nearly impossible. “It was up to me to hold the fort down, and we had two babies at the time,” Imperial resident, Teresa Barriga Salgado, says. “We took on the job and hoped we could be role models.”