Mia Roseberry loves gardening and makes her own bread and butter pickles. She also loves to travel with her husband of 28 years, Steve, and has been all over the world from Sweden to Thailand. Her family lives by what she calls a “cowboy creed and lifestyle” and Vista has been their home for the last 26 years because, “It’s just the right mix of rural and small city feel,” Mia added. Mia and Steve’s daughter Sara is now grown and lives in Helena, MT where she graduated from the state university and works as a veterinary technician.
The Roseberrys wanted to give back to those who gave service to our country. “We were inspired to fulfill a need in our community and had the desire to support our homeless veterans,” shared Mia. Without experience in nonprofit startups or management, Mia and Steve co-founded Wounded Warrior Homes. The nonprofit organization provides transitional housing and support services for single post-9/11 combat veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.
Mia taught special education before starting Wounded Warrior Homes. Now as co-founders, Mia works as the executive director and Steve is the general contractor and home inspector. In the last two years, Wounded Warrior Homes has been the nexus in the transformation of 14 veterans. Various awards have been given for their outstanding service to veterans, including Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s Patriotic Business of the Year in 2014.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization,” added Mia. “We always need people in areas of office management, support for workday projects at the homes, and event leadership. Anyone who is interested can sign up on our website.” With the support of local businesses through sponsorships and fundraisers, Wounded Warrior Homes also holds various events throughout the year. Coming soon is the Warrior’s Code Poker Ride on March 21 with Biggs Harley-Davidson San Marcos. A benefit in May is the Hot Rods for Heroes Car Show, food truck competition, and beer garden at Opening Day of the San Diego Polo Club.
At the end of the day, it’s all about where we put our heads. The Roseberrys are making it possible for those veterans most in need to feel at home again right here in Vista.
Group: Wounded Warrior Homes
Mission: To provide transitional housing and supportive services to single post-9/11 combat veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress.
Contact: 760-483-3553 or www.woundedwarriorhomes.org
Name: Mia Roseberry
Volunteer Affiliation: Wounded Warrior Homes
Family: Steve and Sara Roseberry
Hobbies: Traveling, gardening, and baking