SANTA BARBARA — In honor of Women’s History Month, Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) announced his Congressional Women of the Year honorees and opened nominations for the next year. This award was created as an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring women throughout the 24th District who, through work or volunteerism, have gone above and beyond to positively impact our community.
Nominations can be submitted at carbajal.house.gov. Anyone who self-identifies as female and who resides in the 24th Congressional District is eligible for nomination. Women can also nominate themselves. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 22.
“Each Women’s History Month, we must acknowledge the history of the women’s rights movements, remind ourselves of the day to day struggles women face at home and in their workspaces, and continue to advocate for gender equality in all social environments. In the era of the #MeToo movement we have seen the strong, fearless women throughout our nation bravely come forward with their stories, motivating others to recognize and fight gender discrimination in all its forms,” said Carbajal. “With this year’s Women of the Year Award, I’m honored to recognize the invaluable contributions of women who have dedicated their time to improving quality of life in their communities and across the Central Coast.”
Rep. Carbajal will honor those chosen by submitting their stories into the official Congressional Record, recognizing and preserving the impact of their service for the future generations to come.
2019 Local Honorees:
Becky Jorgeson of Santa Margarita
Founder and President of Hope’s Village — a sustainable community of tiny homes for chronically homeless people with little to no income.
Becky Jorgeson is the Founder and President of Hope’s Village of SLO. She is dedicated to building a sustainable community village of tiny homes for chronically homeless people with little or no income.
Through their “RVs for Veterans” program, 74 motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels have been passed on to local homeless veterans getting them off the streets and into their own tiny homes on wheels; 734 showers have been given through their mobile “Showers of Hope” program; and numerous sleeping bags, tents, tarps, blankets, jackets and food have been passed out down by the creek and on the streets of SLO through their outreach program.
She collaborated with the Cal Poly Construction Management Class to build and donate two “cabins on wheels” for their soon to be community village; Nipomo Tech HS is building another tiny home for Hope’s Village, and Cuesta College begins building in the Fall. Atascadero and San Luis High School will follow. Some schools may build a cabin each term.
Becky’s work to support the homeless population of San Luis Obispo has been a tremendous asset to members of the community in need.
Deanna Cantrell of San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo Police Chief working with the Police and Community Together (PACT) Program who committed herself to representing marginalized communities of color and developing relationships between the Police and the community they serve.