Pillars in the Community
A typical day for the Harris family usually revolves around a good meal. Not only do they love to eat, but they are owners of Dream Dinners Poway, company that prepares nutritious dinners for busy people looking to eliminate the stress of meal planning. But the Harris’ passion for helping people extends beyond just their business. They also founded Friends and Family Community Connection (FFCC), a nonprofit organization that focuses on giving back to those in need.
The Harris’ start in San Diego began when Phil – who was working at Ford Aerospace in Palo Alto at the time – received a job offer to work down south at General Dynamics. Settling on Poway as a place to live was an easy decision for the family. “Coming here after growing up in San Jose, it feels like a small town community, very family-oriented with beautiful oak trees right out my kitchen window,” described Sheila. Twenty-six years later, Phil and Sheila maintain strong ties to their 92064 community with the support of their four children, Melissa (28), Tyler (26), Sean (22), and Kevin (22), and son-in-law Aaron.
As owners of Dream Dinners Poway, the Harris family has helped many local families who are otherwise too busy to cook enjoy quality time over a nice meal. “People come in to put recipes together to take home and cook because we have already done the shopping, chopping and clean-up,” noted Sheila.
Their community presence has been strengthened through their efforts with FFCC which have included starting the homework clubs of Poway Unified School District, organizing sports leagues in challenged neighborhoods, and caring for needs of the homeless. Apart from helping out locally, FFCC has also undertaken national and international volunteer efforts for disaster relief, installing water filtration systems, and running food packing events. “[FFCC has] distributed 9.5 million meals so far!” exclaimed Sheila.
Volunteering is so important to the family that they have successfully merged their business ventures with their passion to give back – inspiring others along the way. “Everyone who comes to Dream Dinners is a part of what we do through FFCC, because a percentage gets invested back into these projects.” stated Sheila. “Several of our customers have been on the teams that have gone with Phil to Haiti and Tanzania!”[box title=”Profile Information” color=”#70a45b”]
Parents: Phil (53) and Sheila Harris (51)
Community: Silver Saddle Ranch since 1991
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Profession: Owner of Dream Dinners Poway, Found of nonprofit FFCC
Family: Melissa (28) – Nurse at Scripps Memorial
Aaron (Melissa’s husband) – New 5th grade teacher at Turtleback Elementary School
Tyler (26) – Law School at USD
Sean (22) – Azusa Pacific University
Kevin (22) – Biola University
Grandbaby Olivia Maureen (Born on St. Patrick’s Day 2012)
Pets: Tess – a black lab, Romy – a husky, Padre – an orange tabby cat