“I first met Maria D'Angelo, an extraordinary woman, the day I was born. My teenage mother and I went to live with Maria D’Angelo in her home when I came from the hospital, because my mom had nowhere else to go. The CLF then moved us into our own apartment, when my mom was ready to do so. The CLF did more for me before I could comprehend what exactly it was they were doing and for that I am forever grateful, because I do not know where exactly my family and I would be if it had not been for CLF and everyone involved. I am currently working in a restaurant as a Food Runner/Waiter, as well as attending school at Glendale Community College. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with high hopes of attending UCLA or California State Long Beach. One particular goal for the future I have is to be a well-known and well-respected engineer, as well as helping families in similar ways that we were helped.”
The Lifesaving Foundation has done so much for me that I am forever grateful. Anything I have needed they have been there to help me gain or achieve. Being able to see how they enjoy helping others is what really amazes me. College has been a smooth ride all because of them. If I need a book, they are there to help. If I need help on certain subjects, they help. I honestly feel that I wouldn't be the person I am without them. Love You Maria, Sean and Fran!
I met Mrs Ďangelo when I was 14 yrs old now I am 36 years old, i am blessed with my three Angels
I was born into the organization. The CLF are family! Thank you for everything guys. We love you, the Meza Guillen family
“As part of CLF, I have not only grown academically but also personally. The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation helped me reach college, and aspire to be the best version of myself. Currently, I am attending Humboldt State University and hoping to get a degree in businesses administration. Although I'm still unsure on what path I may want to pursue later in life, I know the CLF has helped me establish a strong foundation to accomplish any goal that I set out for myself.”
"Life has presented me with the amazing gift of opportunity. I have done everything I can to prepare myself for everything that is very soon to come after high school. But I haven't done it alone. Since practically the beginning of my life, or the farthest back I can remember, the Children's Lifesaving Foundation has supported me with, well, a foundation, by being virtually my family, and by being there with help anytime I needed it with homework or life problems. They are so loving and caring, and always have my back, no matter what I choose to do in life. In school however, I have committed myself to as much as I can. My involvement includes Robotics Club, which (I have become president of), Mesa Club, Leadership (a student council that handles all events relating students, I am commissioner of clubs and classes), my school's Academic Decathlon squad, Key Club, Interact club (have become vice president), and a very creative member of Guitar Club. Sometimes these activities are so demanding that I get little sleep but it's all worth it because of the joy it gives. My aspirations in life vary from becoming a computer scientist who creates an incredibly smart artificial intelligence to an entrepreneur who starts a company that lasts through the decades as a corporate monster (the good furry fuzzy kind, not evil). The one thing that they have in common though is that whatever I choose in life, I plan to be great, one of the most amazing people to live up there with the other greats of their times and chosen fields. My journey starts now."
“I began attending The Children's Lifesaving Foundation when I was in 2nd grade. Coming to the United States, I did not know any English. My mother was struggling financially, and it was not until meeting Maria where she found hope for me and my two older brothers. I constantly attended tutoring that they offered, so I could get better in school. They offered me help one-on-one, and I began to feel confident in school. I grew close with the CLF and we became a family. Attending the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, they helped me reach my goals, and pursue my education further. I soon began to volunteer for them because I wanted to give back to them and the amount of love and support they had for my family.
I'm a senior applying to colleges in and out of states. I want to go to college because I want to be able to pursue my education and advance my studies. I hope to major in Political science. For me college is important because it will open my eyes to many possible doors and I will have an experience of a lifetime,that I don't want to miss out on. In high school, I have done all my best to be able to attend and apply to colleges. I have maintained good grades throughout high school, and taken AP classes to challenge myself. The CLF has played a major role in me wanting to attend college, because they inspire me everyday and have supported me through everything.”
I just love CLF amazing people and wonderful adventures whit Maria, Francesca and Sean .
As a reciepient of the program and now a mentor I consider myself a living example of its effect
CLF is the best... love how they care for our kids in our community to help better themselves for the future..you can see the love and support they have for these kids. We need to support them and give thanks to them for what they do! Love you guys and God bless! Y.H. : )
They are amazing!! I loved working with Maria, Francesca and Sean. They are so committed to the kids and families they work with, and it shows in the love the kids have for them. I have seen them transform children and their families lives!!! They are wonderful!