Villa Esperanza Commits Its Long-Term Care to Kids With Disabilities

OUTLOOK photo Villa Esperanza Services staff, including Gioia Pastre, vice president of development, and CEO Kelly White, are dedicated to changing lives through the nonprofit’s work.
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Villa Esperanza Services staff, including Gioia Pastre, vice president of development, and CEO Kelly White, are dedicated to changing lives through the nonprofit’s work.

When 13-year-old David Ledden first came to the school at Villa Esperanza Services last year, he seemed a shell of a boy — withdrawn, guarded, refusing to make eye contact and barely speaking a word.
There were reasons, of course. He’d been homeless a good part of his young life, most recently living out of a truck in a Costco parking lot with his stepfather, rarely able to bathe and used to eating only about four different fast-food items. School attendance had been sporadic over the years. He read at a 1st-grade level.
But when a social worker reached out to Derrick Freeman, indicating the boy in need of help might be his biological son, David’s life took a rare and momentous upward turn. Continue reading “Villa Esperanza Commits Its Long-Term Care to Kids With Disabilities”

Villa Esperanza to Host Blue & White Gala May 19

Committee members Lia Peterson Miller, Melissa Wu, Susan Jackson, Jeri Wright, Maryann Seduski and Jenny Seto attend a pre-event for Villa Esperanza Services’ upcoming Blue & White Gala. Not pictured: Michelle Cox, Kathy Cunningham, Annissa Deshpande and Marcie Robinson.
Committee members Lia Peterson Miller, Melissa Wu, Susan Jackson, Jeri Wright, Maryann Seduski and Jenny Seto attend a pre-event for Villa Esperanza Services’ upcoming Blue & White Gala. Not pictured: Michelle Cox, Kathy Cunningham, Annissa Deshpande and Marcie Robinson.

Villa Esperanza Services will celebrate “The Spirit of Ohana” at this year’s Blue & White gala on Saturday, May 19. “Ohana” is the Hawaiian word for family, and is often used to describe friends and community as well.
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