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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Hillsides' mission is to provide high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.

Programs: Family resource centers. Families struggling through crises or challenging situations know they can find experienced practitioners who are responsive, accessible, and compassionate. Hillsides offers numerous community-based programs and services through several hillsides family resource centers in los angeles county. These centers provide parenting classes, mental health support, psychological testing, psychiatric assessments and medication management, crisis intervention and additional crucial resources for children and families in need. They also provide in-home individual and family therapy to families at risk who are unable to access the services in our resource centers. Hillsides' staff intervenes before children are removed from their homes in order to preserve families, help them begin to recover, and create secure, permanent living environments. In addition, the agency offers school-based mental health services in surrounding school districts becausechildren's needs are often first detected in the school setting. Hillsides turns obstacles into opportunities to restore hope and honor the inherent integrity of each individual in every family. For this fiscal period, 2,157 clients and 6,414 families were serviced.

residential treatment services. Children come first at hillsides. The residential treatment services program provides a safe and stable environment where children and youth, who have been removed from their homes or have severe emotional or behavioral challenges, can thrive. Hillsides' dynamic team of expert help youngsters restore hope, rediscover the joy of childhood, and achieve their dreams of a happy future. The agency's main campus, located on 17 acres of park-like grounds,includes five cottages, an arts and recreation center, children's resource center, nursing offices for children and families, a playground, swimming pool, and a child-friendly library. Two off-campus homes house teenagers learning independent living skills in preparation for emancipation. We also strive to reunite children with their biological family, guardians, anyone that is invested and capable of taking care of children. With input from children and families, hillsides partners with other agencies and resources to provide them with the highest quality continuum of care and ensure theyreach their full potential. For this fiscal period, 122 clients and 270 families were serviced.

education center. The hillsides education center ("hec") is a state certified non-public school serving students in special education. Hec educates and serves both day students, or students living within the community, and students living in the residential program of hillsides. Hec is an accredited school through western association of schools and colleges. Hec believes that given the appropriate supports all students can make great strides towards achieving their academic, developmental, and social/emotional potential. Hec uses a philosophy of skill development to create lasting change. Students who attend hec commonly have had difficulty within their school careers and have experienced high levels of failure, academically, socially, and behaviorally. For this fiscal period, 133 clients and 198 families were serviced.

other community-based programs - to provide 1)family support - promoting safe and stable families; 2) family preservation - child abuse and neglect prevention/intervention program; 3) families together - child abuse and neglect prevention/intervention program; 4) national school program - assisted meal program for breakfast and lunch; 5) wraparound approach services - provide safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families; 6) first 5 la - early childhood health by assisting parents and caregivers in providing a healthy start to life for children; and 7)lahsa - independent living assistance for youth 18 yrs. Plus

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

How what I wanted to be as a child led me here
I asked myself, 'What did I want to be as a child? What inspired me?' I remembered what made me cry as a child. I recalled commercials of emaciated children living in third world countries, of skeletal dogs roaming the streets looking for food, and of homeless people and the elderly left alone, forgotten. Then, I thought I want to be a public relations director. I want to tell their stories. Upon realizing this, I found myself working at Hillsides, a Pasadena-headquartered child welfare agency that serves vulnerable children, youth, and families in Los Angeles, within one week. I am living my childhood passion to tell stories while doing good for a cause that means a great deal to me. Not only do I work there, I give too. I give because I believe in the mission to create lasting change whether it is through mental health, special education, or transitional housing. I know what it's like to seek help in troubling times, to feel like you are alone, and to assert your voice when a child is in need of special education. The training and advocacy we do at Hillsides, http://www.Hillsides.org, has also prepared me to be a better mom for my two sons. For those reasons, I give where my heart is.

Review from #MyGivingStory