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8th Annual Día de los Niños

Friends and family came together for the 8th Annual Día de los Niños celebration on April 19th. While the children enjoyed crafts, face painting, and raffles, the life-size Easter bunny was a fan favorite. We are thankful for all of the volunteers, vendors, and participants that made the event such a success. There were big smiles all around!

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April: Celebrating our Volunteers

Celebrate the Power of Volunteering

During National Volunteer Week, Bienvenidos would like to celebrate the volunteers who have dedicated themselves to helping others and have made a difference in the lives of others.

As a young child, Erica was passionate about helping others. That desire has influenced her volunteerism and ultimately her career choice in the social work profession and her journey with Bienvenidos. In high school, Erica volunteered with the elderly and with health organizations in South Central Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing her degree in Social Work at CSULA, is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and has been invited into the Golden Key Society. As she grew her knowledge and skillset, Erica approached Bienvenidos to help her build social work-client relationships and practice more closely with families. Interning in the Family Preservation program, Erica has worked with numerous families to support them as they overcome challenges in their lives. Erica says that “Bienvenidos has provided me with hands-on experience and has taught me the importance of empowering clients to overcome obstacles.”

Angelica found her calling in the Social Work program at Mount St. Mary’s College. She was introduced to Bienvenidos through our internship offerings in the CalWORKs Domestic Violence Supportive Services (DVSS) and Family Preservation programs. Angelica believes that Bienvenidos sets itself apart from other agencies by our staff’s compassion and willingness to advocate for the client. This is especially evident in the work of DVSS, whose mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence to overcome their traumatic experiences to become strong independent people. She praises her mentors who have shared their passion with her, and she has gained invaluable experience that will guide her future as a social worker. Angelica chose three characteristics that describe Bienvenidos: commitment, compassion, and empowerment.

Growing up, Mary felt the calling to help others and to give back to her community. Her studies at CSULA brought her to Bienvenidos as an intern. She has brought her passion for helping and empowering people with her. In the DVSS program, Mary has learned about the intake process, how to facilitate support groups and workshops, and how to empower domestic violence groups. Mary also saw firsthand the collaborative efforts of staff across different programs to encourage professional development. She hopes that she has made as big of an impact on Bienvenidos as much as her experience has impacted her life. Mary’s favorite lesson from her time with Bienvenidos has been that “Kindness is never forgotten.”

Interested in volunteering at Bienvenidos? Our programs are always looking for helping hands for everything from answering phones to connecting clients with resources.

Contact Maxine Moshay at mmoshay@bienvenidos.org or at (213) 785-5927

Upcoming Events

face painting

Bienvenidos’ Family Preservation program will be hosting its 8th Annual Dia de los Niños celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Held at Covina Park, the event will feature a health and community resource fair, games, activities, face painting, food, and music!

Bienvenidos Monthly: March Edition

2014 Gala…a great success!

Vibiana interiorBienvenidos would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who attended our hope is… Bienvenidos gala last Thursday, March 6th. With over 400 guests attending, the night was filled with music, awards, and silent auction prizes. Keep checking our Facebook page for photos of the event! If you’re interested in viewing Tweet from the night, search for #HopeisBCC

Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit

By Megan Asselin, CPA and Abigail Stokes Palsma

In most cases, taxpayers, whether single, registered domestic partners, or married couples, are eligible to claim a tax credit on the federal tax return for the expenses related to the adoption of a child. For the 2013 tax return, adopting families are able to claim qualified expenses up to $12,970. The application of the credit varies based on whether the adopted child is in the foster care system, a domestic child, or a foreign child. The credit is not allowed when adopting a spouse’s child, however, there is an aggressive tax strategy that some may find helpful. Additionally, there are specific instructions for claiming expenses that occur over multiple years. Read more

Round of Applause to our Foster Care + Adoption Team!

Foster Care and Adoptions team

Congratulations to the Bienvenidos Foster Care & Adoptions Division as they have ramped up in response to Los Angeles County’s increasing need for certified foster families. Beginning in January, the Division has recruited, trained and certified new applicant families with the willingness, ability and resources to welcome an additional 54 children into our care. We are proud of staff’s dedication and team spirit in achieving a remarkable goal.

Upcoming Events

Bienvenidos’ Family Preservation program will be hosting its 8th Annual Dia de los Niños celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Held at Covina Park, the event will feature a health and community resource fair, games, activities, face painting, food, and music!