Joselle’s Bakeshop is a way to showcase their love and honor the memory of their daughter.
“I count my blessings daily, and I am thankful for Semper Fi Fund.”
For 20-year Navy veteran Luis and his pastry-chef wife, Olivia, Joselle’s Bakeshop, in Temecula, CA is more than a business endeavor; it is their way to showcase their love for each other and for baking while honoring the memory of their daughter, Joselle. With assistance from the Semper Fi Fund Apprenticeship Program (SFFAP), the bakery is a tangible sign of the power of their love to help Luis recover from injuries sustained while in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and transition back into family life.
Luis: “From injury through recovery and transition, the Semper Fi Fund (SFF) has been there for my family and me,” said Luis. “The SFF Apprenticeship Program helped me use my knowledge and experience of managing multimillion-dollar equipment in the Navy to manage our business. I take care of ordering supplies, advertisement and sometimes assist in prep work so Olivia can focus on being the pastry chef. Joselle’s Bakeshop would not be possible without the generosity of SFF and The Home Depot.”
Through assistance from The Home Depot Foundation, Luis and Olivia were able to change the layout of their main kitchen/baking area, furnish it with commercial-grade appliances, new flooring and lighting.
Luis credits Olivia and SFF with saving his life. “I can say that working side-by-side with my best friend has helped with my recovery. I know with this opportunity our love will continue to grow and our marriage will last a lifetime. I truly believe that if SFF was not around, I would be a statistic. We cannot predict what the future will hold for any of us, so I count my blessings daily, and I am thankful for Semper Fi Fund.”
"The Semper Fi Fund is so proud of Luis and Olivia for pursuing their passion and working hard throughout the apprenticeship program to make their dream a reality,” said Karen Guenther, Semper Fi Fund President, CEO and Founder.