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HAMBURGER HOME dba Aviva Family and Children's Svcs

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Family Counseling, Foster Care

Mission: Aviva believes every child and every family in our Los Angeles community deserves the chance for a brighter future. We provide compassionate support, therapeutic services, and guidance to at-risk children and their families.

Target demographics: at-risk children and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,500 children, youth and families

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: community mental health services, foster family and adoption services, Wraparound services, and a Residential Treatment Center for teens

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to some young women and it was a welcoming experience. The staff is amazing and the young women were receptive to me talking with them. It was a gratifying experience. Getting hugs at the end of our meeting was the frosting on the cake!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteer at the residential facility at Aviva. The staff there is faced with the rather monumental challenge of caring for teenage girls in the juvenile justice and DCFS systems. Teenage girls of all stripes are a challenging bunch, and the girls at Aviva have had to overcome more than most, but the staff works diligently to provide them with a safe place to live, healthy meals, enrichment activities, and often life-changing therapy. I have been lucky enough to witness and even be part of some fairly transformative moments at Aviva, and I can't imagine where most of these girls would be if they did not have this resource available to them.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer at Aviva and am so impressed with the different people I have met there working to support the girls and their growth.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Aviva and I only have great things to say. The staff is incredible and they truly are changing people's lives for the better. I love coming here and Aviva is my favorite charity to volunteer at.

5 Keesha J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for over 3 years and it has been an AWESOME experience! The organization has had longevity and has garnered tons of respect in this community because the programs have been admirably effective at supporting foster children and their families. The staff is caring, attentive and well-trained to provide their clients the resources that they need, in order to be successful in life and volunteers are lifelong.

Aviva fosters an environment that promotes high-risk populations of children to higher levels of success in their personal lives. They provide tons of programs, activities and resources for their clients and creates a family-like environment for their staff and volunteers. I LOVE working with this organization and intend to be around for years to come!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Program Director at Create Now, it has been my pleasure to partner with Aviva Family and Children's Services in providing arts programming and activities for several years. They are knowledgeable and compassionate - they care about the girls.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization serving children and families in LA for over 100 years!

3 Dylan R.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I became familiar with this organization last year when a close friend of mine and his wife became foster parents through one of Aviva's programs. They eventually adopted a little girl that had been abused and neglected and she is now flourishing in a loving family.

Furthermore, I work with a number of non-profit organizations throughout southern CA as a service provider and I must say that Aviva Family and Children's Services is one of the best in terms of service and value that they bring to the community as well as the manner to which they operate the organization.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I support Aviva because it serves the most vulnerable children and families in Los Angeles. When the unthinkable happens to children, Aviva is there to help. The therapists and counselors give each client a tailored care plan -- whether through foster family and adoption, or wraparound, where they work with families and children in their homes or schools. Their wraparound program even includes a Parent Partner -- another parent whose family previously was in crisis and who now can offer support. Aviva staff are specially trained to help heal children who have been commercially sexually exploited, which is an issue I care deeply about.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the holiday season I had the pleasure to help wrap presents donated to children who would have otherwise received nothing. I was amazed at the care and thought the Aviva staff put into each child to make sure they received what they wanted and/or needed.

This is an organization that truly is about helping those who need help.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with many non-profit organizations and this one is top notch! They are organized and experienced and know just what they are doing. They are truly dedicated to helping these girls to succeed!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aviva succeeds with young women others have given up on. They are a family of dedicated professionals who provide hope and inspiration and reflect the very best of what a nonprofit community based organization can be.

5 Lola B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this organization saves lives, keeps children off the streets, and provide many supportive services! You guys rock!

alumni,
Lola

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Aviva, it is a place where troubled youth go and can get the proper guidance, support, mental support, and skills that can be used in are everyday life...tho some may not see it that way. I didn't when I was younger. I got the chance to go to Aviva twice in my life. I guess you can say I didn't quite get it right the first time. But let's just say Aviva never gave up on me.the staff the teachers, supervisor all pushed me, believed in me and for the most part was there for me. If it wasn't for Aviva who helped mold me to the person I am today don't know what I would be doing. They've inspired me so much my dream is to work with kids. I know mentor children all ages and volunteer wherever I can. Avila is one place. I guess you can say it's my way of giving back to them showing them how much I appreciate them thanks Aviva. It's homes like yours that makes a big difference

2 Leigh7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Piece by Piece (a non-profit) received a grant to come and teach mosaic to the girls. Each of the participants worked with us to create a butterfly or an insect out of small tiles, beads, etc. The therapists worked along side the girls, learning and socializing, modeling attentive behavior. The results were beautiful and the girls were photographed with their work, much to their delight. Their posing was fun and inspired by professional product models but was supported by the great staff members that were there. The mosaicked pieces were then taken to Piece by Piece where our participants had created large concrete globes. The girls' work was attached to the globes and our low income, homeless and recently homeless artists created a garden scene around the girls work. Those globes will be on display at the LA County Arboretum and we hope to get the girls out to the site to see their beautiful work in a public venue. We are also photographing the work in situ so that the girls may have a sense of the part they played in creating pieces of beautiful public art. Thank you for allowing us to share with you Aviva! Your staff is fabulous and your program is outstanding!

3

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was a resident there back in the 1970's when it was called Hamburger Home. The staff were great at teaching responsibility and showing a caring spirit even when many of us girls came from troubled homes and had problems dealing with everyday life. Their continued work helping girls at risk is a valuable and necessary service.

5 Morgan H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AViva center is one of the most outstanding programs that I ever been involved in. They do it for the love of the children and really care about making a difference in these kids lives. Something that is very hard to come across nowadays.