The Latest SHIELDS News & Events

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The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Mariposa Program

The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Mariposa Program  Today the Addiction Policy Forum recognized Camp Mariposa, a program of The Moyer Foundation, for its innovative approach to serving children with family members struggling with addiction. The program is featured in the Focus on Innovation initiative, which highlights innovative programs across the country that contribute to a comprehensive strategy to […]

SHIELDS for Families is Grateful for Our partnership with Gina Amato Lough, Senior Staff Attorney, and Public Counsel, Immigrants’ Rights Project

Year- end report For the past 6 years, Public Counsel and SHIELDS for Families have worked together to provide holistic services to some of the most vulnerable members of the South LA community.  Three days per week, I provide direct legal services to SHIELDS’ participants on-site at the ASK program, located in Lynwood.  I write […]

Angelena’s Story

My name is Angelena Garcia and I am Research Assistant in the Healthy Start Department for SHIELDS for Families. I recently celebrated my Third year in active recovery. My life prior to SHIELDS can best be described as a dramatic tornado. I was never taught coping skills to survive. As I was growing up I […]

At a school in Watts, spoken word helps turn pain to poetry

Reprinted from sprc.org  Winston Thomas III stood at the front of the classroom, fidgeting a bit. “You’re going to be standing up and you tell us your name and everything,” Bridget Valles, coach of the spoken work poetry team advised. “And then, who are you talking to?” “What?” Thomas asked, confused. “When you say your […]

Garden Project: Thank you Keith Village Volunteers!

SHIELDS for Families collaborated with the Young People in Recovery (YPR – LA), and Lifestyle Landscape to kick off the yearlong beautification project of SHIELDS Keith Village Apartments, an 86 unit residential treatment, education, and job readiness facility for single parents and their children, through the Exodus program located in South Los Angeles. With the […]

SHIELDS says Farewell to V.P Charlene K. Smith

December 18, 2015 was the last day in the office for Vice President of Family and Community Services, Charlene K. Smith M.S, as she retired from SHIELDS after 25 years of service to our agency. Her passion, dedication and hard work in providing outstanding services to the Children and Families in our community has made […]

SHIELDS for Families was awarded a grant of $95k

SHIELDS for Families was awarded a grant of $95k for System Navigation Services to Adult Probationers and Department of Juvenile Justice Wards (Participants), at the County of L.A. Probation Area Offices located within Services Planning Area 6. The system navigation services will enable successful rehabilitation, of referred participants, into the community. SHIELDS will provide linkages […]