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March: March Madness

Our Cities Have a Heart for Children Who Need a Home

On February 21st, more than 100 participants came out to “Our Cities Have a Heart for Children Who Need a Home,” a recruitment event sponsored collaboratively between the mayors and city councilpersons of Azusa, Glendora, Covina and Duarte; the Department of Children & Family Services; Citrus College; and local faith-based organizations at Citrus College.

Bienvenidos, along with five other providers, were present to hand out brochures, heartwarming flyers, and answer prospective foster parents’ questions. Additionally, one of the panelists was Bienvenidos’ own Eva Shipman, a parent who has fostered over 150 children during her 24-year tenure with Bienvenidos.

Program Updates

Foster Care + Adoptions
During the Winter holidays, Foster Care + Adoptions welcomed two of our teens into our Montclair office as Clerk Interns with the goal of exposing them to “real world” job responsibilities. With the support of Foster Care Social Worker Nidia Canello and Regional Office Supervisor Victoria Ramirez, the teens sorted and labeled, organized and shelved an overwhelming amount of donated items, transforming our storage into an efficient and easily-accessible area. Most importantly, they demonstrated initiative, commitment, positive attitude and team spirit. Go team!

Community Services
Financial Literacy Workshops are now being offered for both English and Spanish-speakers. The goal of the series of classes is to help families reduce financial stress by making better choices between their needs and wants. For more information, contact Xochitl Ramos, Parent Coordinator, at (323) 726-9790 x226.

Selected families from our Partnerships for Families program will be cruising off to join Big Sunday’s Community Cruise out of San Pedro. Big Sunday is a nonprofit organization specializing in matching other nonprofits with volunteers for events, entertainment, and just generally lending a helping hand.

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Bienvenidos gala! June 4, 2015

Vibiana | Downtown Los Angeles

Update 05/2015: 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. Bienvenidos First Annual Virtual Gala

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 caguilar@maof.org

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.

National Accreditation

Joint Commission Gold SealBienvenidos Children’s Center is proud to announce that it has earned Behavioral Health Home Certification, a national accreditation, from The Joint Commission. The certification demonstrates Bienvenidos’ commitment to integration and coordination of primary physical and behavioral health care services. 

Bienvenidos underwent a rigorous on-site survey in November of last year. During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with standards related to key concepts of person-centered health care to support recovery and resilience philosophies. We are extremely proud of our staff who made it happen!

Check out the mention in The California Alliance of Child and Family Services’ Someday Evening newsletter.

Toy Drive

Buying presents for the children we’re close to is one of the best parts of the holiday season. But for the foster and at-risk families Bienvenidos Children’s Center serves, this is an out-of-reach luxury. That’s why it is our goal during the holiday season to provide each child in our programs with a high-quality present that captivates their imagination, provides comfort, or fosters a sense of belonging.

Bienvenidos is holding a Holiday Toy Drive where we collect new and unwrapped toys for children between the ages of 0-18, match them to the children in our programs, and distribute the gifts at our holiday events. We rely entirely on your donations to do this.

Suggested gifts include:

  • Educational Toys
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Multi-cultural dolls – for different ages
  • Books – for all ages
  • Building Blocks
  • Toy cars and trucks
  • Sports equipment – basketballs, soccer balls, footballs
  • Skates/Skateboards and helmets
  • Sports jerseys
  • Video games/hand held games
  • Music and DVDs
  • Age-appropriate gifts for teenagers – jewelry, cosmetics, watches, DVD players

To host a toy drive, please contact Maxine Moshay, Director of Major Gifts, at (213) 785-5927 or by email.

#GivingTuesday

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Join us on Giving Tuesday, December 2nd

Giving Tuesday is a Day to Make a Difference

Together, we can make a difference in women’s health!

Bienvenidos Community Health Center sees approximately 350 women each month, primarily low-income Latinas who haven’t had good access to health care before coming to our clinic. In California, Latinas are the least likely to access recommended cancer screening (Pap test). Ten percent have never had the test in their lives. Cervical cancer is the second-most common form of cancer among women worldwide. Bienvenidos’ goal is to raise $9,000 by #GivingTuesday on December 2nd for a colposcope.

Colposcopy is a procedure where the doctor, using a special instrument called a colposcope, can diagnose abnormal Pap tests and get women the treatment they need for cancer and other health issues. Bienvenidos Community Health Center currently borrows a machine on an as-needed basis. A new machine costs $8,716.96. This machine will increase early detection of these diseases, and help save the lives of our patients.

Be a part of women’s health and make a donation to purchase a colposcope!

Post an #UNselfie on Facebook and Twitter to share why you support Bienvenidos (or send to us and we’ll post for you!). Use the hashtag #UNselfie, #BCCGivingTuesday, and #GivingTuesday

Click here to download the Bienvenidos #UNselfie to print: UNselfie I support Bienvenidos because

Click here for instructions on how to post your #UNselfie: UNselfie Kit

Tell your friends about #GivingTuesday and encourage them to support!

DONATE TODAY!

Spooktacular Halloween

Bienvenidos’ Community Services programs – Project Corazón, Family Preservation, Domestic Violence, Cal WORKs, and the HSA Collaborative – hosted a fun for all Halloween party at our East Los Angeles location on Thursday, October 30th, 2014. Activities included decorating trick-or-treat bags, a coloring contest, face painting, and a costume contest. Halloween themed refreshments were available for all – ginger ale and ice cream punch, candy, as well as healthy snacks. Four pumpkins were raffled off to the families. The event concluded with a trip through the “haunted house” for the children and a presentation for parents on how to stay safe while enjoying trick-or-treating.

Check out some of the great costumes below!