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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Surgical Specialties

Mission: Face Forward's mission is to provide emotional support and reconstructive surgery for women, children and men who have been victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking or any Cruel Acts of Crime

Target demographics: women, children and men who have been victims of domestic violence, human trafficking or other cruel acts of crime

Geographic areas served: Beverly Hills, but treat patients internationally

Programs: reconstructive surgery and emotional support for victims, social awareness of domestic violence, trafficking and violent crime

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Face forwards focus on healing reinforces ones hope for humanity. The epitome of a quote by Leo Tolstoy. “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Face Forward provides excellent care and services to the survivors of domestic violence.
Dr. Alessi and all of his staff care for and take time with the patients.
The Face Forward office of three, remains proactive and caring- to every need of the survivors.

3 Sommer S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering at one of the FF events and wow what an experience. The work that they do for those affected by these terrible acts of violence brings magic to their lives and spirits. It brings hope and inspiration!!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

FaceForward fills the world with a brighter future, by doing everything possible to remove the scars from the past, one survivor at a time. The willingness to focus a team on an individual person allows emotional and physical traumas to be treated simultaneously by reminding everyone involved that they matter and can work together to make the world a better place.

5 Kristen Schau M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing people doing great things for a great cause! I will continue to support them as long as I am able!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with Face Forward this Summer, and this charity is doing amazing things. Deborah Alessi and her team are literally transforming lives one case at a time. They help domestic violence and acts of violence victims with emotional and physical scars, and transition them back to the life they knew before their incidents. They create hope for so many who have lost it, and I will continue to support this charity for a long time to come!

4 Joey G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been working with face forward for years and they are an incredible and unique organization that is impacting and inspiring thousands of people around the globe.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is a true nonprofit helping people that may not be able to get help elsewhere. They devote their time and money on strangers who need their assistance. I believe they are true Angel's. I hope that people will see how important this organisation is and support them.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dr. David Alessi and his lovely wife, Debbie are making a difference in this world. From helping women of Domestic violence, I.e.
Victims of acid attacks, to human trafficking,
Dr. Alessi provides these victims with transportation from their countries, free surgery and confidence. Debbie visits these countries such as Costa Rica, to provide assistance to make a change worldwide...
What if we all did something to contribute to the consciousness of the world??? Contact FACE FORWARD !!!!!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everyone at Face Forward is incredibly kind and passionate about helping those in need. They go above and beyond. Keep up the amazing work!

4 mandie0901

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Serving patients for over 11 years, Face Forward has now become an Internationally recognized organization treating patients from 10 different countries around the world and growing. Honored to be a part of the mission of such an incredible organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An honor to be part of an organization that is truly changing lives physically and emotionally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped out with their gala event and was really impressed with the work they do for their survivors. Face Forward has a great and unique mission to serve survivors of horrible crimes and violence, and it's a pleasure to be a small part of their organization.

2 dancewithCK

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Face Forward for almost 4 years- an amazing team working for an amazing cause!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dark Tide Productions, LLC of Los Angeles California could not be more enthusiastic about working with Face Forward. This 501(c)(3) non-profit works with community leaders and organizations around the nation and throughout the world, in order to identify victims of violence and human trafficking who are working toward recovery and who carry the physical evidence of past abuse day in and day out; they have provided over $750,000 pro bono treatments.

Deb and Mandi always go above and beyond for both their patients and team! This organization is absolutely doing their part to change the world.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps victims of domestic violence and human trafficking by providing free reconstructive surgery and therapy. They also advocate and create awareness as well. I volunteered at their Gala this year and it was a wonderful experience.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have two friends on the Board of this beautiful philanthropic charity.

I work with one of the Doctor’s that contributes his time to them and I see the people that they are helping and how they are changing lives through making new starts a real and tangible possibility.

I can’t emphasize enough how greatly needed and appreciated this charity and the work they do is by me, the people they directly help and even the doctors who contribute their time to help this organization.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

It brings me to tears hearing the stories of the courageous women and men that have found themselves in need of the love and support that Face Forward provides. I am so impressed with the over arching support provided to each patient... not just surgery, but travel, room & board, counseling, etc. Face Forward sees the whole person and facilitates life altering recovery. I am so happy this organization exists. We all want to make a difference in someone’s life... Face Forward DOES in a remarkable way!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The essence of what this nonprofit brings to their patients is restored hope and a renewed faith that there is, in fact, good in this world in spite of the pure evil that they have so tragically endured. Through their fierce passion to provide avenues of healing and their incredibly generous hearts, Mrs. Deborah Alessi and Dr. David Alessi (Founders) are a power couple selflessly using their skills, knowledge and resources in the fight against domestic violence and human trafficking. While handling many of the day to day areas of the organization and never losing sight of the core mission, Mandi Edwards (Executive Director) is a shining star who humbly develops and nurtures the invaluable partnerships and relationships through her unwavering love for the foundation and the many survivors. It is truly an honor to support Face Forward and serve on their board while they continue to fight the good fight.
- Jenni Price, Board Member

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazed at the relentlessly selfless way everyone who works at Face Forward pursues the best for their patients! Helping to heal the whole individual beyond the surface.
Life changing work going on here!

Donor

Rating: 5

Face Forward is an incredible organization that I am proud to support. The team that manages the organization is very organized, knowledgeable and fantastic to work with.

2 MissStanwyck

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing charity doing wonderful healing work for all affected by domestic violence and other cruel acts of crime. I support them wholeheartedly in any way I can as I have several close family members who have been victims of domestic violence and it’s a cause close to my heart.

2 Dana J.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an avid advocate and victim of domestic violence. I also advocate for this cause through my own movement and org Bullies Keep Out. I have been a huge supporter of this organizarion and their work for a few years now. They do incredible work. Their team is amazing. Deborah Alessi, the founder, is a true humanitarian and remarkable in the work she does. Their Global Ambassador is Lana Parrilla, who is just pure heart and soul when it comes to this cause. Her philanthropy and humanitarian is absolutely remarkable. She puts everything she has with so much love into her activism and advocacy. She adds so much strength and courage to this organization with her voice. They are an all around beautiful charity. Domestic violence is an epidemic that happens too often. We need organizations like this that help, support, and turn victims into thriving survivors. My organization is honored to be partners in advocacy with Face Forward LA!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an Acid Attack violence survivor from Uganda, currently pursuing a masters degree in international development and human security studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate school of public and international affairs.

At a time I had lost hope due to rejection from many organizations I reached out to, Face Forward opened their doors to help me all the way from Uganda since 2015. This organization became my home for four consecutive months in the heart of Beverly Hills. As a single mom of two children, with no face left, this organization helped with rebuilding my entire face to give me the confidence that I have today. I have been able to return to school as a result and to be able to reach out to other women in the community. The Face Forward team works tirelessly to put different pieces together; from paying for airfare, to accommodation, to paying for doctors' appointment, including even providing therapy services as well as recreational services to rebuild a sense of self worth. Today I see myself as a better person than I ever was. I see myself as someone who has stumped over my abusive past and moved on triumphantly. My thanks go out to Dr. Alessi the co-founder who motivates me each time I walk into his office for procedures. He constructed my nose from my rib cage to give me a nose I never thought I would ever have again. Because of Face forward's support, I no longer have to rely on nosal tubes to be able to breath through the night. Face forward support has literally changed my life. They don't just transform physical appearance, they transform lives inside out. This is an organization you donate your money to and see where it goes. It helps transform lives like mine.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A small nonprofit doing BIG THINGS!

Face Forward is doing amazing work. They provide pro bono facial reconstruction to those who has suffered domestic violence or other acts of crime.

Have you ever thought about the aftermath of that acid attack victim you read about in the paper? Where do they go afterward for assistance? Does their heath insurance cover their needs? The surgeries needed to try to get one's face back are most often not covered and are extremely expensive. This is the hole that Face Forward is filling!

They have tapped into an area of work that is not widely known or being served and are filling a need that makes a dramatic impact on the lives of others!

2 Dmitriy G.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Great charity doing great work for survivors. Great people!!!

2 Glen E.

Advisor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization helping mentally and physically with therapy and surgical procedures all for free....

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud board member for the non profit, Face Forward and I knew I had to get involved after attending my first 2016 GALA. I was so touched by how hard Deborah Alessi and her husband David Alessi work for this non profit. Deborah is the voice for the voiceless, the hope for the hopeless, putting actual smiles physically and spiritually back on a survivor's face.

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

Both amazing and highly rewarding! Keep up the good work!

3 Kimberly H.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Face Forward truly lives their mission of serving victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking or any Cruel Acts of Crime with real compassion and empathy. Each individual I have met that works for this organization is truly a servant leader. Thank you Face Forward!

4 Stephanie C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Face Forward organization gave me opportunity to receive reconstruction surgery due from sexual assault over 24 yes ago. Because of God touching Debra Alessi heart to start a wonderful organization and her anointed hands husband Dr David A lessi who operates on all victims pro bono. I dedicate my time and voice as a platform to help raise awareness on behalf of this amazing organization. I am honored to sit on the patient advocate board along with others survivors.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

5/5 inspiring success stories and amazing fundraising events

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board-member, I am constantly blown away with the work they do with such a small staff. Deborah Alessi is the mos t inspiring person I've ever met!

5 Lori D.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's the fist non profit truly non profit. The fight that they put on everyday to help victims all over the world is insane and admirable!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Havana Nights 2016 Gala was a fundraising event like I've never seen. From the gorgeous event space (Vibiana DTLA) to the touching program with powerful speakers, Face Forward is really changing the world. Congratulations to Deborah Alessi and the amazing Face Forward team!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful work being done for truly deserving people.

7 Sang Y.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first heard about Face Forward, I couldn't believe the trama these women have gone through and survived to tell their story. People here are so compassionate, supportive, and caring. Face Forward helps them achieve their desired image little by little through plastic reconstructive surgery. This goes beyond what they had to live with, please give and support to better the lives of our survivors. God bless

7 Deborah154

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the most amazing organizations I've had the pleasure of knowing! The change is real and the movement is impactful! The founder and staff work hard and you can see it in everything the organization puts out!