August: Thank you, Supporters!

Virtual Gala Results

We are happy to announce that this year’s first virtual gala raised over $23,000, which will directly further our service mission! We are especially grateful to the following supporters:

  • Barrio Planners

  • Bolton & Company

  • The John W. Carson Foundation

  • Arthur Gallagher & Co.

  • Green Hasson Janks
  • The Harrington Group

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • The Steven & Laura Mayer Family Foundation

  • Janet Schulman & Philip Trask

  • Cara and Alessandro Valentini

Board News

New Board Member

We’d like to introduce our newest board member, Laura Ramirez, who comes from our very own East Los Angeles community. Laura holds degrees in Mathematics A.S., Chemistry B.S., and Analytical Chemistry M.S. She began her career in education at the California State University of Fullerton working with undergraduate students, then became chair of the science department at Don Bosco Technical Institute. Laura was subsequently hired by East Los Angeles College to Chair its Chemistry Department and quickly rose to become the Career Technical Education Dean. She currently serves as the Vice President of Workforce Education & Economic Development at East Los Angeles Community College. Laura is also a new member of the Bienvenidos Board’s Strategic Planning Committee.

New Board Officers

The following board members have been elected to serve as officers on our board for the period of 2015-2017:

  • Board Chair
    Cara Valentini

  • Board Vice Chair
    Jesse Cripps

  • Board Secretary
    Wayne Guzman

  • Board Treasurer
    Lizbeth Nevarez

Board Recruitment

We are actively seeking business professionals – both young and seasoned – who want to volunteer their time and expertise on a nonprofit board and make a difference.

Bienvenidos is looking for volunteers to bring expertise in various areas including, but not limited to finance, legal/risk management, strategic development & planning, marketing/communications, and fundraising. We appreciate the value of your contribution of your time, talent and financial resources and will offer you meaningful opportunities to further the mission of Bienvenidos.

Interested parties may email Desiree Reyes at

Please include your location, area(s) of interest, skills/experience, and/or other nonprofit boards on which you’ve served. Be sure to include a resume/cv and/or LinkedIn link.

Community Services

Parents show off their certificates after completing a 12-week bilingual program of Los NiƱos Bien Educados, which helps parents increase positive behaviors in their children. Participating parents learned the power of praising their children, understanding the causes of child behaviors, and the importance of having family conversations. In addition, parents were also taught the stages of child development. Each of the parents were honored for their efforts and commitment to the program. Congrats parents!

Foster Care & Adoptions

Our Foster Care & Adoptions division certified their 100th resource (foster) family in June. This is a testament to our dedicated staff and their unfailing desire to recruit families, to provide loving homes for children who have suffered abuse and experienced neglect. In addition, four children were welcomed by their adoptive families in June – making a total of 10 children during the fiscal year. We also celebrated two high school graduations and 4 promotions from middle school to high school. Congratulations to our foster kids and their resource families for all their hard work!

Bienvenidos is hiring!

Would you like to join our team? We are currently seeking qualified and dedicated candidates to fill the following positions: Social Worker, Program Navigator and Community Resources Coordinator, Respite Worker, Mental Health Therapist. Visit our website for more information and to apply.

Administrative Offices Grand Opening

Join us on Tuesday, August 18th from 9:30 am – 11:30 am for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of our new administrative offices, in East Los Angeles, located at 501 S. Atlantic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90022. For more information please contact us at or (213) 785-5906.