Learn all about the Foster Care and Adoption Agency at David & Margaret! Read stories from real foster parents and get an inside look at what it takes to become Resource Family Certified! The latest edition of the Quarterly Newsletter is one you won't want to miss!
Aricka, a COMPASS Training Program participant, shares the ways she has grown since joining the program. She has completed various workshops and classes
It's opening day for Major League Baseball and spring is in the air! Did you know MLB also has some strong connections to foster care and adoption?
In honor of Women's History Month and Social Worker Month, we're highlighting the leading ladies behind the field of Social Work!
March is Social Worker Month! David & Margaret has many programs that utilize the expertise of social workers, including COMPASS Programs. Marlene Medina is a social worker in the Transitional Housing Program where she supports youth and young adults with a history of foster care.
In 2019 David & Margaret applied for a grant with AmeriCorps and received funding for four VISTAs to come in and help shape and grow the COMPASS Programs at D&M that provide housing and other supportive services to youth and young adults with a history of foster care also known as Transitional Aged Youth or TAY. The VISTA members have been a huge support in the development of the COMPASS Point Drop-in Center, which is the physical resource center located on campus dedicated to providing essential services to at-risk young adults in this community.
This International Women's Day we would like to spotlight Marissa Scholefield, Director of COMPASS Programs. Marissa has been serving at-risk youth and young adults for 13 years. She is a leader with a vision of what can be for the young adults she serves. She is focused, upbeat and persistent with a dose of magical thinking when needed. This and her dedication make her the right person to lead COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret.
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
Welcome back to our "meet the board" blog post series. We hope you enjoy learning about our leaders and discovering a bit about who they are and what led them to lead the organization during this transformative time. Today's interview is with board member RayVillanueva.
Your help is needed. In the past year, more children and families have experienced devastating trauma and loss than in recent times. Children entering foster care at an alarming rate, a mental health crisis impacting children and youth, and homelessness at an all-time high. These populations need support now more than ever. David & Margaret is here to serve them, but we need your help to meet the demand.
In 2020, D&M welcomed four AmeriCorps VISTAs into COMPASS Point Drop-In Center team to help build the program. The goal of an AmeriCorps VISTA member is to work alongside community members to meet challenges and advance local solutions. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve at an organization full-time for one year, during which they are given specific projects to build capacity for non-profit and public agencies through community engagement, funding, and develop programmatic infrastructure.
The latest edition of the Quarterly Newsletter is now availble! Vol. 3 Issue 1 is an exciting read- the COMPASS Programs Commemorative Issue focuses on the various COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret dedicated to supporting youth and young adults with a history of foster care!
We celebrate it each year in February, but many are unsure of how it became such an event. For this, we have Carter G. Woodson to thank. Learn how Black History Month evolved from a week-long celebration to what it is today.
Welcome back to our "meet the board" blog post series. We hope you enjoy learning about our leaders and discovering a bit about who they are and what led them to lead the organization during this transformative time. Today's interview is with board member and San Dimas resident, Kevin Kearney. Kevin is currently a City Manager in the San Gabriel Valley, he is truly a great man and we hope you
COMPASS Staff run a Bi-Monthly Food Bank Distribution for the community on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 11 am-3 pm! All qualifying families and individuals are encouraged to attend. Simply drive up to the designated parking area in the COMPASS Point (and Dave and Maggie’s Center) parking lot and pop your trunk. COMPASS staff will place your items in your vehicle, ensuring a safe and contactless transition.
This month, the La Verne Chamber celebrated their 2021 Excellence in La Verne Awards. David & Margaret Youth and Family Services was honored to receive the award for Non-Profit of the Year for excellence in providing critical services and supporting at-risk communities during the coronavirus pandemic. David & Margaret was recognized for the broadening of services with the opening of COMPASS Point which supports young adults with a history of foster care, demonstrating creativity and innovation in meeting the needs of the La Verne community, promoting volunteerism, demonstrating growth and stability, and making a worthwhile impact on society and individuals.
Today is the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century! To highlight the occasion here are 21 facts regarding the populations served at D&M. Each face grim statistics but because of your support, they are able to receive crucial life-changing services.
Joan Macy School transitioned to virtual learning this year- while change can be challenging, nothing is too difficult for these dedicated students.
Although the Civil Rights Movement feels so long ago, we are still fighting the same fight that Martin Luther King Jr. fought those decades ago.
There is a deep need for families to care for the children and youth in our nation's foster care system. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the situation, as more and more children enter foster care we find there is a shortage of available foster parents. You have the potential to change the life of a youth in need. We invite you to attend an orientation.
It's no secret that non-profits rely on the generosity of donors to continue providing supportive programs and services to at-risk populations. But did you know there are even more ways that you can help?
There are many reasons someone in our community may come to David & Margaret. Maybe they're interested in becoming a foster parent or they're a child who requires specialized education. Whatever the reason, caring professionals provide support every step of the way!
Welcome back to our "meet the board" blog post series. We hope you enjoy learning about our leaders and discovering a bit about who they are and what led them to lead the organization during this transformative time. Today's interview is with board member and La Verne resident Susan Hume who has been on the board and served as treasurer since 2018.
This year is quickly coming to an end, we invite you to sit down, relax, and enjoy the latest issue of the 2020 David & Margaret Quarterly Newsletter!
This year brought many challenges and the children, youth, and young adults served by David & Margaret were able to get through it all because of the generosity and support of the community. Many challenges lie ahead and we ask you to consider David & Margaret in your year-end giving. The IRS has announced up to $300 tax-deductible charitable donations in the upcoming tax year and
Just as adults struggle with their mental health, so do children. Getting them the support they need is crucial in building a life-long pattern of mental wellness. The therapeutic professionals at David & Margaret offer Mental Health services to Medi-cal eligible children, youth, and young adults in the surrounding communities. Start your journey to mental wellness today.
Welcome back to our "meet the board" blog post series. We hope you enjoy learning about our leaders and discovering a bit about who they are and what led them to lead the organization during this transformative time. Today's interview is with board member John Norton
COMPASS Point Drop-In Center hosted a Mental Wellness Virtual Information Session for Transitional Age Youth in our community earlier this month. With the stay-at-home orders and increasing virus spread it is more important than ever to know where to find resources to help support your mental wellness during this challenging time.
On Giving Tuesday, every contribution counts, whether monetarily or otherwise. Check out these ways that you can participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and beyond.
As we moving into this season of gratitude there is so much to be thankful for, even in this challenging year. So much good has happened at David & Margaret and it is because of you, D&M ‘s donors and supporters!
Adoption is amazing, adoption is difficult, adoption is challenging, and adoption is pure love. It makes sense to me that National Adoption Awareness Month falls in November a time when we give thanks.
In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, Interim Executive Director, Michael Miller agreed to share his adoption story with us. Michael was adopted by his step-father when he was a child and was kind enough to recount that experience for us.
Joan Macy School just completed its 1st quarter with excellent participation from most students. Students are engaged in classes that are taking place daily via Zoom.
Dave & Maggie’s center is stocked and the staff is waiting to welcome you for your holiday and everyday shopping needs! You won’t want to miss out on all the great deals. There are many many items that will make great holiday gifts, but hurry in as once our inventory is gone, its gone!
The social workers at David & Margaret are trained in the process of completing home studies and are there to be as supportive and helpful as you need. It can be a daunting experience to have some much of your life looked in to, but they are there to address any issues and to support you in your goal of adopting. Because they have completed so many home studies they bring many ideas and suggestions and know how you are feeling. They will be with you throughout the process and make sure all your questions are answered. The home study will help determine what type of placement will be most appropriate for you.
Welcome back to our "meet the board" blog post series. There are several new & returning members joining the David & Margaret board of directors this year. Today's interview is with returning board member Brian Bowcock.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11th. It honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Frank Smith, Director of Information Systems is a veteran and we thank him and all other veterans for their service!
COVID-19 necessitates new ways to fulfill a holiday tradition
On December 1, people all over the world will come together and harness the power of human connection to change our world. David & Margaret Youth and Family Services will be participating in GivingTuesday 2020, and we invite you to join us!
On Friday, October 30th the Compass Point Drop-in Center put on their Dia de Los Muertos and Halloween Celebration Event specifically for young adults in David & Margaret’s housing programs.
Throughout David & Margaret Youth and Family Services’ long history, it has been dedicated to the care of children and youth in foster care. David & Margaret’s Foster Care and Adoption program also works to create forever families, transitioning youth out of foster care and into permanent loving homes. In recognition of the importance of families formed through adoption, David & Margaret employees who are legally adoptive parents receive an “adoption day” anniversary holiday, to celebrate with their family.
David & Margaret’s programs are built around a person-centered philosophy recognizing that every person is wonderfully unique. We believe those we serve are the experts and key decision-makers in their recovery process and our mission is to support them in their life’s journey by working collaboratively with them, their community, and their family supports and resources.
The United Way of the Inland Empire generously provided a $5,000 COVID-19 relief grant to David & Margaret Youth and Family Services. The grant was used to support Transitional Age Youth (young adults ages 16-25) in our community who were experiencing food insecurity as a result of the pandemic.
A mutual force supporting the well-being of children, youth, and families.
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 didn’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.