Monthly Archives: February 2015

Gala 2015

Our First Virtual Gala!

Bienvenidos First Annual Virtual Gala

We would like to let you know about a change in plans for our annual gala, “Together We Can Dream”. While this has become Bienvenidos’ signature fundraising event, we have had to cancel it for this year. Given our appropriate focus on program priorities, we have been unable to devote the resources required to plan and organize such a major event. Instead, we are inviting you to support a “virtual” gala. The good news about this non-event is that it will cost Bienvenidos nothing, so we can proudly assure you that 100% of the proceeds will directly further our service mission!

Founded in 1986 to serve abandoned and neglected children, Bienvenidos continues to be a beacon of hope for 5000 children and families annually. Although most of our funding comes from public grants and contracts, it’s our private support that fills gaps in funding and enables us to continue providing our comprehensive safety net of services.

We sincerely hope you will be part of this effort to fund the needs of our families at Bienvenidos. We are counting on our close friends and partners for sponsorship support and want to thank you for your consideration.

Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Ritchie Geisel.

February: Sweet On You

Our Cities Have a Heart Event

Bienvenidos Foster Care and Adoptions will be participating in the “Our Cities Have a Heart Event” on February 21, 2015, 11 am to 1 pm, at the Citrus College Campus Center. Hosted by the LA County Department of Child and Family Services, adults and families are welcome to attend to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

Get Covered!

There’s just ONE WEEK left in Covered California open enrollment! Still need to sign up? Our enrollers are here to help YOU! Call Bienvenidos Community Health Center to schedule an appointment today.(323) 268-9191
To date more than 273,111 Californians have picked a plan. There are more than 700 planned open enrollment events, including extended Saturday hours at our clinic to accommodate the expected enrollment activity from now until the end of open enrollment on February 15th, 2015. Our efforts include enrolling those eligible for Medi-cal and MHLA.

National Accreditation for Bienvenidos Children’s Center

As of January 12th, Bienvenidos is proud to announce that it has earned Behavioral Health Certification, a national accreditation, from The Joint Commission. A rigorous agency-wide on-site survey was conducted in November of last year. During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with standards related to key concepts of person-centered behavioral health care to support recovery and resilience philosophies. We are extremely proud of our staff who made it happen!

Save the Date

Save the date for the 16th Annual Día de los Niños! The event will take place on April 25, 2015 at Belvedere Park in East Los Angeles from 10 am to 3 pm. 

Games, prizes, entertainment and more!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Claudia Aguilar-Gonzalez at

Stay tuned for more information!

Foster Care and Adoption Workshop

Join Bienvenidos and the LA County Department of Child and Family Services to learn about becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent or a weekend host at Citrus College on February 21st, 2015 from 11 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be provided.

The event is presented in partnership with Citrus College, Azusa Unified School District, the City of Azusa, the City of Glendora, the City of Duarte, the city of West Covina, Kidsave, Bienvenidos, America’s Christian Credit Union, Futuro Infantil Hispano, and Raise a Child.