Stars Guides At-Risk Youth to Shining Success

Stars nonprofit organization seeks to curb high school dropout rates and help students thrive by supporting local, low-income youth with a multitude of supportive services and after-school and summer enrichment programs.
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Stars nonprofit organization seeks to curb high school dropout rates and help students thrive by supporting local, low-income youth with a multitude of supportive services and after-school and summer enrichment programs.

They say a child can never be loved too much, and the Stars nonprofit organization is out to prove it.
Using the “it takes a village” mantra, Stars has created a community of caring adults to support vulnerable youth and their families in Pasadena, providing tangible tools to help them thrive academically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. Continue reading “Stars Guides At-Risk Youth to Shining Success”

Shepherd’s Door Opens a Path to Breaking Domestic Violence’s Grip

Shepherd’s Door
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Shepherd’s Door has helped thousands of individuals and families affected by domestic violence over the years, with the help of volunteers such as Brenda Sharp, President Tunisia Offray and Executive Director Linda Offray.

She came from a loving and supportive family, but Tunisia Offray was like a lot of teenagers at 16 — shy, some low self-esteem, longing to fit in at high school.
So when Offray became enamored with a popular, charismatic young man, she didn’t recognize when the sweet relationship changed into one of control and manipulation, a form of teenage dating violence that took her nearly four years to escape and left trauma in its wake. Continue reading “Shepherd’s Door Opens a Path to Breaking Domestic Violence’s Grip”

Local Resident Takes Rose Bowl Stage to Inspire Young Women

La Cañada Flintridge resident and Western Asset Management COO Jennifer Murphy (right) joined Alibaba Pictures President Wei Zhang
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La Cañada Flintridge resident and Western Asset Management COO Jennifer Murphy (right) joined Alibaba Pictures President Wei Zhang and other leading women executives at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium last week.

Facing fears, confronting naysayers and seizing opportunities, as well as harboring doubts and insecurities about self-worth and appearance, were just a few of the enlightening and intimate experiences nearly 40 top women industry leaders shared recently with about 100 young female students at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium. Continue reading “Local Resident Takes Rose Bowl Stage to Inspire Young Women”

Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire

Aon Global Executive Vice President Lisa Stevens, former Olympian and  Basketball Hall of Fame member Ann Meyers Drysdale, Dr. Lilly Lee and Angela Miller
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Aon Global Executive Vice President Lisa Stevens, former Olympian and
Basketball Hall of Fame member Ann Meyers Drysdale, Dr. Lilly Lee and Angela Miller volunteered to share experiences and words of wisdom at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium.

Facing fears, confronting naysayers and seizing opportunities, as well as harboring doubts and insecurities about self-worth and appearance, were just a few of the enlightening and intimate experiences nearly 40 top women industry leaders shared recently with about 100 young female students at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium. Continue reading “Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire”

Rose Bowl Dedicates Statue Honoring ‘99 Women’s Soccer Champs

Brandi Chastain
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U.S. 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team member Brandi Chastain poses with the commemorative statue unveiled last week at the Rose Bowl Stadium, which pays tribute to the “99ers” team and all it did for women’s sports.

It was the kick felt around the world for women’s sports, and now, the momentous occasion of soccer legend Brandi Chastain celebrating the winning goal for the United States’ 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team has been immortalized on the green expanse near the Rose Bowl Stadium entrance with a life-like bronze statue. Continue reading “Rose Bowl Dedicates Statue Honoring ‘99 Women’s Soccer Champs”

Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire

Los Angeles County Supervisor and San Marino resident Kathryn Barger
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Los Angeles County Supervisor and San Marino resident Kathryn Barger (left) helped kick off the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium this past week with Aon Global Executive Vice President Lisa Stevens.

Facing fears, confronting naysayers and seizing opportunities, as well as harboring doubts and insecurities about self-worth and appearance, were just a few of the enlightening and intimate experiences that nearly 40 top women industry leaders shared this past week with about 100 young female students at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium. Continue reading “Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire”

Salvation Army, Hoping to Widen Reach, Seeks Expanded Facility

Salvation Army social services assistant Dorothy Outley, Capt. Terry Masango and volunteer Georgia Law
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Salvation Army social services assistant Dorothy Outley, Capt. Terry Masango and volunteer Georgia Law work hard daily to put the food pantry in order. They hope to create a bigger and better operation going forward.

The Pasadena Salvation Army Tabernacle Corps may be just one of the international faith-based organization’s 56 social service agencies throughout Southern California, but to Capt. Terry Masango there is a unique urgency to its local mission.
Masango is betting big on Pasadena, eager to serve the community in which he lives and meet an ever-growing need, one that he has seen explode in the past four years as leader of the local center. He and the agency’s California division are exploring the possibility of expanding the facility’s campus at 960 E. Walnut St. to double the number of families and individuals they serve through food assistance, after-school programs, case management, weekly meals, recovery assistance, homeless services and myriad other social services. Continue reading “Salvation Army, Hoping to Widen Reach, Seeks Expanded Facility”

Pasadena Heritage Director Advances City’s Self-Preservation

resident/CEO Jennifer DeVoll and Executive Director Sue Mossman
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Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman (right), who will be honored for 40 years of service on July 13 at Castle Green, is pictured with Pasadena Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer DeVoll.

It’s hard to imagine a Pasadena without the Colorado Street Bridge, stately City Hall, renowned Greene & Greene homes or the turn-of-the-century, red brick landmark buildings that, united, make up historic Old Town, widely seen as an enviable example of urban revitalization across the nation.
Yet the loss of such assets is nearly what happened back in the 1970s, and many times since, before Pasadena Heritage rose to protect some of the city’s most iconic and idyllic structures, buildings, grassy knolls and everything in between. For 42 years and counting, the nonprofit organization has worked diligently — sometimes loudly and visibly, other times quietly, behind the scenes — to protect the city’s historic resources and strengthen policy to foster preservation, resulting in a beautiful place to live. Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Director Advances City’s Self-Preservation”

AbilityFirst Helps Kids Ring in Summer Fun

graduate Billy Jones, program supervisor Lisa Duenas and participant Alec Hamilton
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AbilityFirst after-school/summer day program graduate Billy Jones, program supervisor Lisa Duenas and participant Alec Hamilton plan to have a lot of fun this summer during dance rehearsals, basketball games and field trips.

When Billy Jones first came to the AbilityFirst after-school program at age 7, he was already in intensive therapies for some learning difficulties and trouble communicating. Sometimes, he would give in to his version of the fight-or-flight instinct and just take off, or go AWOL, as he calls it.
But at AbilityFirst, Jones tried to run away only once. They told him if he wanted to stay, he had to follow the rules. And as it turns out, he did.
“That’s how much he loved and bought into the program,” said his mother, Stephanie Jones. “For him to turn on a dime like that — running was his impulse for everything that upset him. … I always wondered, what is AbilityFirst doing for him that no place else is?” Continue reading “AbilityFirst Helps Kids Ring in Summer Fun”

Pasadena Senior Center’s Activities Re-Energize Retirees

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Akila Gibbs, Pasadena Senior Center Executive Director

When Juliette Wheal, 83, first considered giving up her lifelong home in London to join her son and his family in Altadena, the idea of moving countries and leaving behind all she’d ever known was, in short, daunting.
But she wasn’t getting any younger, and her only son had made sunny California his permanent home for nearly 30 years already. She longed to be closer to him and her beautiful grandchildren. Although she ultimately jumped the pond, she was determined upon arrival to keep a sense of independence.
“I didn’t want to be a burden,” she recalled.
Shortly after arriving, she read about the Pasadena Senior Center and its events in one of the free local newspapers, and decided to give it a try. Continue reading “Pasadena Senior Center’s Activities Re-Energize Retirees”