Hathaway-Sycamores ‘Celebrating Children’ Virtual Gala Inspires Hope

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services 11th annual Celebrating Children Spring Gala fundraiser was reimagined as a virtual event, providing hope, recognizing champions and celebrating the impact of philanthropy. More than 400 guests tuned in to the livestream event on March 13 and joined together to support the critical work Hathaway-Sycamores is doing in the midst of the pandemic to address the mental health needs of low-income children, young adults and families – including those who are in foster care or are experiencing homelessness.
The gala was also an opportunity for friends and supporters of Hathaway-Sycamores to virtually gather and celebrate. Multi-Emmy Award-winning journalist Peter Daut served as emcee and there was a special appearance by legendary Broadway singer and actor Davis Gaines.
The one-hour program, filled with inspiring stories and testimonials, included a heartfelt video featuring the personal stories of Lizzet and Martine, two young adults who experienced homelessness before joining the Hathaway-Sycamores Transition Age Youth Program.
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Virtual Cocktail Class, Party Raise Funds for Hathaway-Sycamores

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Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners and board chair Michael Galper handed out cocktail and charcuterie packages to guests at the Raymond 1886 before the event.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services recently hosted the second virtual “Dinners From the Heart” event of the summer. The agency partnered with the Raymond 1886, the celebrated Pasadena restaurant and cocktail bar for a virtual cocktail class and party.
The event kicked off with a warm welcome from state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who joined the party from Sacramento to show his support and thank the agency for all the work it does.
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Hathaway-Sycamores Food Bank Open for Curbside Service

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Hathaway-Sycamores staff member Ivette Uribe distributes donations for families in need.

The Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services food bank has recently reopened for business after initially being closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak due to safety concerns for staff members and families.
However, with so many families in the community struggling and dealing with food insecurity, the food bank reopened as quickly and as safely as possible in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. As part of the new procedures to ensure everyone’s safety, curbside food pickup is by appointment only. Families who would like to be eligible for the food bank should call (323) 257-9600, ext. 7201.
This unprecedented public health crisis has made families’ daily struggles to meet their basic needs more challenging than ever. In addition to providing food boxes, families often rely on the agency for other necessities, including diapers, wipes, formula, hygiene products, clothing and more. Baby2Baby donated more than 3,000 diapers and pull-ups; 11,000 wipes; and hundreds of containers of formula, shampoo, soap, laundry detergent and other necessities for the families.
A grant from the California Family Resource Association also helped Hathaway-Sycamores provide essential items to more than 1,000 families, including food, household items, clothing, activity supplies, diapers, baby wipes, personal protective equipment and more. The local event venue NOOR recently donated nutritious, immune-boosting soups as part of its Community Soup To-Go program to the young adults in Hathaway-Sycamores Transition Age Youth program.
Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services primarily serves a population of low-income children, young adults and families, including many who are in foster care or are experiencing homelessness. As the current health crisis continues, in addition to providing mental health services, Hathaway-Sycamores is also providing resources and comforts that the children, young adults and families they serve might need outside of normal services. This additional support is made possible by very generous community partners, including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank; Baby2Baby; the California Family Resource Association; the National Charity League Inc., Glendale Chapter; and other supporters who are helping Hathaway-Sycamores to provide a much-needed safety net to this vulnerable population.
Additionally, many of the children, families, and young adults served by Hathaway-Sycamores lacked the vital technology needed to stay safely connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thanks in part to a generous donation from the National Charity League Inc., Glendale Chapter, the agency was able to purchase tablets for clients. The tablets are being used for schoolwork, virtual school, socializing and connecting with Hathaway-Sycamores staff during telehealth sessions.
Hathaway-Sycamores is deeply grateful to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, NOOR, the National Charity League, Baby2Baby and the California Family Resource Association and all of their donors for their generosity and commitment to providing basic necessities for children and families impacted by COVID-19.

Baby2Baby donated supplies for families helped by Hathaway-Sycamores.

Hathaway-Sycamores Helps Foster Youth Bloom Into Adulthood

OUTLOOK photo illustration Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services CEO Debra Manners and Samuel Gonzalez, vice president of supportive housing, are dedicated to increasing housing and supportive services for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
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Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services CEO Debra Manners and Samuel Gonzalez, vice president of supportive housing, are dedicated to increasing housing and supportive services for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

Like many children in the foster care system, Tencha Nieves grew up in a lot of different places.
She tries to remember them all, but having been in the system since she was 2, it’s hard. There was her grandma’s home, she recalls, then her aunt’s, but four children were a lot and that’s when the siblings were separated. Sometimes Nieves lived with her twin and another brother, but sometimes not. There were individual homes and there were group homes. There was the time when she thought everything was going OK with her foster guardian, but she came home from a barbecue and was told to pack her bag. That one still hurts.
But all in all, Nieves, 22, who graduated from Pasadena High School, still has a positive outlook. Continue reading “Hathaway-Sycamores Helps Foster Youth Bloom Into Adulthood”

Hathaway-Sycamores’ Celebrating Children

Photo courtesy Keith Berson Hathaway-Sycamores board members Scott Hodgkins and Elizabeth Hoxworth, CEO Debra Manners and CFO Jim Huser were among those who enjoyed the organization’s annual Celebrating Children fundraiser at the Los Angeles Zoo.
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Hathaway-Sycamores board members Scott Hodgkins and Elizabeth Hoxworth, CEO Debra Manners and CFO Jim Huser were among those who enjoyed the organization’s annual Celebrating Children fundraiser at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ recent Celebrating Children Gala was attended by a sellout crowd of 400 people at the Los Angeles Zoo. The fundraiser raised more than $475,000 that will help fund the therapeutic and other crucial support services that Hathaway-Sycamores — one of Los Angeles County’s largest mental health and welfare agencies — provides each year to thousands of children, youth, young adults and families facing serious life challenges.
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