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Monica says she supports David & Margaret because it offers so many programs to help the youth, from housing to mental health support. It is a wonderful organization that helps our most vulnerable youth. I am very grateful to have been introduced to Dave & Margaret.

Welcome to a new series of blog posts that is starting today. There are several new members joining the David & Margaret board of directors, and in this series, they are interviewed by board member Ellenor Hodson. We hope you enjoy learning about our newest leaders and discovering a bit about who they are and what led them to lead the organization during this transformative time. Our first interview is with incoming board member Judith Wagner. 

David and Margaret’s Compass Point Drop-in Center for Transitional Age Youth hosted it’s first Preview Day and Resource Fair.  It was a successful event with about 54 guests in attendance.

Joan Macy School (JMS) is back in session and like so many other schools adapting to meet the needs of their students through remote learning. The dedicated teachers and staff are being creative and finding ways to make remote learning fun for their students.

Miles came to the D&M Transitional Housing Program (THP) in March of 2019. He was eager to make changes in his life but really did’t know where to start or who could help him.

More than half of the 19,000 children in LA County's foster care system are Latino. For many Hispanic children in the foster care system, however, it can be challenging for them to identify with their culture.

Today is IT Professionals Day and we want to take a moment to acknowledge Frank Smith Director of Information Systems

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage month takes place from September 15 to October 15 each year. It is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Welcome to the fall edition of the David & Margaret Quarterly Newsletter. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and enjoy!

Jessie worked tirelessly in support of Transitional Age Youth throughout her tenure. "Jessie is one of the hardest working individuals I know.” Shares Marissa Scholefield, Director of COMPASS Programs. 

Isabella was placed into foster care in March of 2020. The coronavirus pandemic caused unforeseen difficulties in her case, learn more about the loving parents who were there to help.

Get to know Alex Sanchez, David & Margaret Maintenance Supervisor. Alex performs above and beyond and always creates a focused and friendly atmosphere for all who work with him.

Joseph had begun exhibiting signs of anxiety and depression, his mother knew he needed support that she couldn't provide. She discovered the mental health program at David & Margaret and reached out to set up an assessment. Joseph has now been in the program for nine months and because of the support and determination from Joseph, his therapeutic team, and his mom, Candace, Joseph has makes enormous strives in his mental health.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce new leadership for its Board of Directors. Bob Dalton was appointed board president at the board meeting held on August 3, 2020. Bob’s appointment comes as Sabina Sullivan completes her second term as board president. The board is responsible for the high-level leadership and decision-making for the organization, including determining its mission and purpose, providing financial oversight, ensuring legal and ethical integrity and accountability, strategic planning, and much more.

Katy began volunteering with David & Margaret in 2019 as an intern for her Social Work program at Azusa Pacific University, in this time she has become such a wonderful addition to the COMPASS Program team.

Get to know Sharon Skinner! Sharon had been with David & Margaret since 1992 and currently teaches various subjects at Joan Macy School and is the Learning Enhancement Center Program Director.

Just like it has been for all of you, these past few months at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services have been like nothing any of us could have anticipated. It is in challenging times like these that we are especially grateful to be guided by our mission and values.  Our mission states David & Margaret empowers children, youth, and families through culturally diverse services that foster emotional, educational, spiritual, and identity development. Our mission and our work are more important now than ever for the at-risk youth and families in our community.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is pleased to share that we will be welcoming four AmeriCorps VISTA members to our campus this summer. The four VISTA Members will be joining the COMPASS Point Drop-in center team and working to build this new program’s infrastructure.

Check out the latest edition of the David & Margaret Youth and Family Services Print Newsletter! Find exclusive information and read about the

2020, the year everything changed! Although JMS was unable to meet in person for spring semester, teachers and students have had the absolute pleasure of getting some safe and desperately needed one-on-one time!

Celebrating Graduation during a global pandemic! Although a traditional ceremony was out of the question, Joan Macy staff were determined to make the day as

How Alex and Patrick found their forever Fathers. Alex was a kindergartener at Justin's school. "He was having some issues and my office manager reached out to his social worker because

Dave and Maggie's Center provides two benefits to the community: as a retail store offering staple and other goods at deeply discounted prices, and as a training center for youth aging out of foster care who need work experience to build their futures.

Lesley is a dedicated Therapist in the Mental Health Program at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services (D&M) mourns the killing of Mr. George Floyd. Not only is it a tragic personal loss for his family but it is a loss to society. His death stands as the most abhorrent evidence of systemic racism, as well as the broad-ranging social injustice that racism breeds. 

Get to know Brenda Evans, Foster Care Social Worker. After an unexpected life change, Brenda decided to go back to school to study sociology and

This Foster Care Month we highlight Ana, the Recruiter/Trainer in the Foster Care and Adoption Agency!

If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.

Nicole shares her thoughts and experience regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As an APU student who was set to graduate this month, she offers a unique perspective that

Like most schools across the globe, students and teachers from JMS are practicing distance learning during the safer-at-home order. Faculty and staff at JMS have had to get creative in recent weeks when offering support to their students.

COVID-19 has led to the closure of amusement parks, schools, parks, and other activities that allow us to explore and spend time with our families. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to bring these activities to our homes in order to allow us entertainment and help the time we spend at our homes pass by. What makes things even more difficult is that this time of staying home is also a time that we have to spend away from other people. Having to isolate is difficult, but we are able to find ways to entertain ourselves as the social distancing order is still in place. Below we share 5 creative, yet simple ways to make a child’s life in quarantine a little more festive.

Like with most industries right now, methods of service delivery have changed; new policies have been put into place to ensure children and families can still access the social workers they depend on as well as other crucial services. This means, to keep countless families safe, many social workers are now telecommuting when it is appropriate.

The youth and families served by David & Margaret Youth and Family Services (D&M) were already living with trauma and loss when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. They, like all of us, must now face the added stresses of COVID-19 to the best of their abilities and resources. 

Change is challenging but support is available. David & Margaret's Mental Health programs offer support to youth and families

The Auto Shop received a much-needed roof repair - an opportunity provided by The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Grant awarded to David & Margaret Youth and Family Services.

David & Margaret welcomes Julie Asuncion as the newest member of the David & Margaret Board of Directors!

The COMPASS Point Drop-in Center opening date nears, and the first Stakeholder meeting was held last week. Despite the Safer at Home order, passionate members of the community were able to join together from the safety of their own homes as they share ideas and learn more about David & Margaret Youth and Family Services

March is a month dedicated to honoring Women’s History. Nicole Parades, David & Margaret intern, writes about the lives of influential women in pop culture with a history of foster care. 

COVID-19 update with Wayne Wolcott

David & Margaret responds to the COVID-19 pandemic

Psychology major at APU, Nicole shares about finding her passion for Social Work.

5 questions with Michael Miller, LMFT... "I would say one, my wife. She is able to balance the many hats that she has and does an excellent job at it. Much better than I could do in many ways."

Announcing recent changes at David & Margaret

Celebrating Black History month includes remembering and honoring those that have helped and continue to make an impact in our society.

If you want your child to start on the right path, help them get involved in their community and start volunteering today.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is pleased to share that we will be welcoming four AmeriCorps VISTA members to our campus this spring, and we will be supporting Ettie Lee Youth and Family Services as they welcome three AmeriCorps VISTA Members. David & Margaret and Ettie Lee are actively recruiting members for service. Please share these opportunities with those that may be interested.

Khyra’s 6-month internship in the Foster Care and Adoption Agency at David & Margaret has come to an end. She was a wonderful addition to the team and was always willing to do what it took to get the job done! She is on track to finish her Masters in Social Work by the end of this year and we wish her the absolute best.

Patricia brings her life long passion for helping at-risk youth and families and her educational expertise to the David & Margaret Board of Directors. She is someone others can always rely on during difficult times and is a guiding light for many.

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