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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Foster Care, Human Services

Mission: To prepare youth with a strong foundation through an individually tailored and holistic approach in the four pillars of life; mental, physical, emotional and spiritual that will enable them to reach their highest potential and rise above their circumstances. Heritage Group Homes was founded on the principle that every child deserves the opportunity to deliver their unique gifts to the world and live a happy, healthy and productive life. Our vision is to stop the cycle of abuse, one child at a time, through effective treatment services, loving support and faith in the human spirit to heal itself

Target demographics: Vulnerable foster youth gain the healing, strength and guidance that they need to overcome their past abuse and trauma and become healthy, happy adults.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 362 foster youth in Los Angeles County

Geographic areas served: Five residential treatment facilities in Los Angeles County

Programs: Around the clock, 24/7 professional care in a safe, nurturing, family-like setting with intensive therapeutic services and support by counselors and therapists committed to evidence based practices and high quality service to youth and their families.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What Heritage does for the kids they serve is amazing. They truly care for the kids. I can't say enough great things about this organization. The service they provide for the youth that live in the homes is beyond what is asked of them. Thank you for serving the youth that you do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heritage Group Homes has been a great experience for me. I would recommend Heritage to any other youth that wish to succeed in life. It's a great opportunity to learn skills for life. Their program is very supportive to all youth from different family backgrounds.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are a great place and do amazing work with the youth that they serve. I am truly grateful for their service to me and my family. I could not be where I am today if it was not for them.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the great work Heritage does for foster youth. The atmosphere is positive and you can tell that they care.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Heritage when I was 17 years old. This was the first time I was ever placed in a group home and I was scared. I had heard so many bad stories from other girls that had lived in a group home. Once I arrived I noticed that the house was actually a home. I met the staff that became more then a staff but more of mentors to me while living there. The home was my home, I felt safe and welcomed. The people working for Heritage helped me and guided me through transitional housing. They helped me move into my apartment. Not only did they mentor me while living the home but once I moved into my transitional housing they kept in touch with me and offered help when I needed. They were still part of my life even after I left the home. To this day I appreciate what they did for me and knowing they are still there if I need advice is a great feeling.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I emancipated from Heritage last year and went into transitional housing. I stayed in touch with the staff and agency, even after moving out, and continued to receive help, guidance and support. I visited almost daily after school at one point just because it is the only family that I know.

After I finished my two years at transitional housing, I was required to move out and the County helped me locate an apartment and helped me with assistance to pay rent but I could not afford any furniture and did not have even a mattress to sleep on. The staff at Heritage donated a bunch of stuff to me such as dishes, mattress, towels, silverware, bedding and other items that I needed. The thing that really blew me away is that they helped me set up a Go Fund Me page that raised almost $8,000 in apartment furnishings and this is what my place looks like now!!!
I am so proud to come home and could not have imagined in a million years that I would have my own place and it would look so incredible!! I could never have accomplished this on my own and I would not be where I am today without their help and support. The staff at Heritage, especially Maria, Sandi and Deonne, realllllly go above and beyond! I feel that I will always have them in my life and if I am ever in trouble or need anything, I know that I can count on them. I have grown so much as a person having these wonderful people in my life. They are tough, and expect a lot out of the kids but in return, they helped me and the other girls accomplish more than we thought that we could. Heritage doesn't let any of the kids give up on themselves, thank God! And so happy that they didn't give up on me or let me quit when I was struggling! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

2 GoodEarthBistro

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored events for Heritage and had the opportunity to meet the staff and kids that they work with! always a positive and fun experience. They really seem to go all out for the kids and it is good to know that the community can count on these good people to give from their hearts and make the kids lives better!

I am happy to help whenever needed!!

2 Board670

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a youth residing at the Whittier facility and am so grateful that I landed at a Heritage home! I was 16 when I was placed and a very depressed, confused, angry girl. My one saving grace was that I had always been a good student but being placed in foster care destroyed my will and I no longer cared about school.
I felt cared for in a gentle and kind way by all the staff, especially the leadership team. They were so interested in my potential, future and helping me adjust, heal, become healthy emotionally and psychologically. Through their eyes and effort, I could see myself as someone better, stronger, capable and wanted the future they painted for me so I got back on track!! I finished High School and started volunteering at Heritage, then I finished college and started working at Heritage as an employee all the way through my Masters program. I am now in the doctorate program, no longer work at Heritage but I serve on the Board of Directors as the President and Chair.

When I think of my Heritage family, the words compassion, kindness, commitment and quality of service comes to mind. Our motto is "Kindness and Compassion in Action" and each person at this organization lives this motto every day. The culture has been set as being very generous in all regards; with the employees, the youth, the volunteers, community and family members of the youth. It's like they wrap their warm arms of love around everyone who walks through the doors and it is felt and appreciated.

The lessons and wisdom taught to the the youth go beyond just basic self-care, counseling, independent living skills and relationship building. While all those are important, Heritage goes further and has a holistic approach that includes things such as yoga classes, creative photography studio, meditation practices, healthy diet and cooking workshops, a community garden that the youth work on and a strong mentoring program that involves leaders and business owners who take kids under their wing.

I will always consider Heritage as family and can attest to the affect these wonderful people have had on my life and success as an adult. I was raised here and now living the life that they envisioned for me and helped me create.
Here is a picture of me when I was 16 taken at the Whittier facility and one now... yes, I have come a long way thanks to Heritage!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization! It is great to see an organization like this reach out to our kids in need. I have the greatest respect for them and thank Heritage Group Homes for their generous heart. Best of luck on your mission!

2 MaxAgosti

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at this non-profit and the thing that amazes me is how much they all care about the kids that they serve and go out of their way to make the facilities look like regular teen homes! So many of the staff have been there decades and the kids really seem bonded and connected with the people who work there.
I help do some handy work, paint now and then or hang pictures requiring special tools. I don't know of any other organization that does as much for the kids as this one when it comes to quality of care, and my work has worked at other larger facilities in the past, we are now retired. I can't say enough good things! Thank you all for the good work that you do for the kids and the community!