Last Updated on March 21, 2004 by Paulette Brown-Hinds

Moreno Valley

By Juanita Barnes

Hello Moreno Valley,

My name is Juanita Maria Hill Barnes. I was born and raised in Austin and San Angela, TX. I was educated throughout the United States receiving various degrees, certificates, and awards.

I am the widow of the late retired USA Air Force Sergeant Frank W. Barnes, Jr. I am the mother of seven wonderful adult children, many wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren.

As a resident of Moreno Valley (MV), I am honored to assume the responsibilities of being the eyes and ears of MV. It is also an honor and a privilege for me to step into the shoes of a great man, Mr. Charles Ledbetter, who previously performed these duties for many years.

I am asking the citizens of MV to assist me in being the eyes and ears of the beautiful city. Our city will only become what we make it which means you too must get involved in the forming and maintaining of this great city.

I am asking that we come together as a community having been given the awesome responsibility of reporting the news to the Black Voice, speaking as the voice of the community. I am compelled to print the truth. It is for this reason I believe we must come together and learn how to live, love, give and care about the things of our community.

I often quote my beloved pastor, Dr. Craig W. Johnson when he says, “there is only one race the human race, but there are many cultures and we must learn to embrace all cultures, pray and be concerned about one another.”

This past week, I attended the funeral services or homegoing services as we would like to refer to them, of a dear friend, Mr. John Bullock of whom I had not seen for quite some time. It was during his service that I realized that as a people, a community, we must not only remember to preserve his memory, but we must not forget that he has left behind a widow, Rosetta Bullock.

When we lose someone and we’re left alone, when the phone calls stop, and everyone is gone, we can’t forget that this person is still very much a part of what makes our city so great. We must not forget to do the things that are required as a caring community. I personally know how it feels when everyone is gone and you’re left all alone to do things for yourself, by yourself.

One of the most important things we can do is to get this love thing right, there’s just no way to get around it. Once we’ve gotten it right, we have begun to move in the direction of unity for our community. Now, I bet you are wondering and asking yourself, what can you do to help? How can you get involved in your community? Well let me say this, what I am asking you to do, is something I myself have done.

There are a countless number of ways that you can service your community. I would like to offer you a few ways that I found were easy starters. Here is a list of some of the ways I perform service for the community. I am an active mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I love every minute of it.

I spend time with my family, hosting dinners talking on the telephone, and listening to grandchildren as they tell me stories about their lives growing up in the world in which we live today. Things are so different nowadays then when I grew up, but the more things change, the more they stay the same, so oftentimes, I give them advice when needed or ask for aid sometimes I just lend a listening ear.

I am a civic leader for the city of MV and also for the county of Riverside. I am a gospel minister, a deacon, a ministry servant for seasoned adults, a minister over pastoral support of Cathedral of Praise where Dr. Craig W. Johnson is the senior pastor. I am chairperson for Parks and Recreation for the city of MV, the secretary for the WRMHB of Riverside County and the Chaplin for the MCCA of MV.

As you can see, I keep very busy and I believe in giving back to my community and offering up my time to those worthwhile organizations. The giving of your time is priceless and it serves the community in a way that only you can do. I am interested in what the community has to say and I am open to whatever anyone would like to share.

Please feel free to write to me at the Black Voice as I will be eagerly looking forward to building an awesome relationship with the members of my community, for you are very important to me and I need you to survive.