This has been a difficult few weeks and I have struggled with my own emotions and what I should/can do as the CEO of SHIELDS to show our solidarity with those who are standing up to say BLACK LIVES MATTER and ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. In the past year, 559 Black men and women have been […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s “Good News Radio Magazine” hosted by Charles McWells and Melanie Rodriquez, featured on July 15, 2015, SHIELDS for Families with Dr. Kathryn Icenhower and Norma Mtume. The Division of Community Engagement of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science encourages community –based spiritual leaders, Healthcare professionals, […]
SHIELDS Staff and clients greatly appreciated Accenture’s volunteers’ time and efforts painting over the graffiti and landscaping the walk ways. They certainly delivered by giving Keith Village a beautiful make–over.
Drug Policy Alliance and SHIELDS for Families, Inc. Present: Prop 47 Clinic and Resource Fair DATE: Friday, June 19th 2015 from 1pm-4pm WHERE: Shields for Families-Jericho Vocational Services Center 3221 North Alameda St. | Suites J & K Compton, CA 90222 Do you have any of the following felonies on your record? Simple drug […]
Manuel Rivera Privileged A couple of months before I turned eight, my mother qualified for housing in the city of Watts. We moved into the city when various race wars and violent gang acts were just settling down. Within the first couple month, we witnessed about a handful of shootings. At this time my mother […]
“The Drop In” chronicles the challenges and tribulations faced by Walter Finnie Jr. as he dispels a life of crime and economic hardship growing up in Watts, California in pursuit of a high school diploma.