Team Leader(s) Melody Hernandez, Kristin Tracey, Heather Hasenyager
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The youth is a 20 year old female who came to the attention of DCFS at the age of 9 due to her mother's sudden demise leaving her and her sibling without a caretaker. The youth has been in the care of her grandmother who is her Legal Guardian. The youth recently completed a 10 month program at Toni &Guy Hairdressing Academy. She was able to obtain and Apprenticeship at a salon. The Apprenticeship is a non paying position and requires that the youth provide her own supplies. The youth has been working at Home Deport to make ends meet, but she is unable to purchase the equipment she needs for her position. Her grandmother has very limited income and is unable to provide for her financially. The youth is in need of $371.00 to purchase the supplies that she needs. The $371.00 will be spent on the following:( Carrying case for Dyson hair dryer - 28.99; Framer Dreamweaver Highlight Comb Set -14.99; JackCube Design Hair dryer Holder-32.90; 12 piece hairclips for styling sectioning, Yission 3.1 inch -6.99; Small Hairdressing Carry Bag with Strap-24.99; 14 Pcs. Alligator Hairclips-9.99; Home Spray Bottle -8.99; Color Bowl with Cleaner Set- 12.99; Spring Curling Iron-59.99; Hairdressing Shears -159.99; Hair color Brush Set-9.99.
A single father has custody of his 2 year old son and is participating in all services with SSA. The father is in need of a toddler bed for his son and he has outgrown his small crib. The child is growing quickly and thriving and the father could use help to strengthen the care of his son. The family is low income and the father cares for the child fulltime. Any help is appreciated! Diapers sized 5 or 6
Location: Santa Ana, CA 92707-County:Orange-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Orange County Social Services Agency-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$375
We would like to support one of our middle school families that is experiencing financial hardship at the moment. The mom just lost her job and is the main source of income. This would assist the family in the child's nutrition and well being on a daily basis. They need support with meals and items the student may needs for school. Rent support is also needed since there is no income coming in to pay for rent and gas for transportation for the family.
Location: Los Angeles, CA 90033-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Partnerships to Uplift Communities Los Angeles-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$500
Mother is a single mother of 5 and currently not working. Mother is experiencing financial difficulties and is attempting to ensure all her children’s needs are met. Mother has a DCFS case and case plan where she needs to transport her children to therapy and doctor appointments. Mother has a car but due to financial difficulties is having a difficult time taking her children to the doctors and mental health appointment. Mother is in need of a gas card. The gas card would help mother to transport her children to medical, dental and face to face individual therapy sessions. Mother needs to ensure all their medical and mental health needs are addressed and met and DCFS can then safety recommend case closes.
Location: Huntington Park, CA 90255-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 5-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #DCFS-LA Sante Fe-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$200
We have a 16 year old who is a minor mother who is receiving Family Maintenance services with her mother. The minor mother and her daughter were in foster care for 2.5 years due to minor mother using substances and her risky behaviors and chronic AWOLing. Now the minor mom has been on track with completing her court orders and was recently reunified with her daughter who is 2 yrs. old. The grandmother was able to secure get low income housing and now the minor mom is in need of a Queen/Full bed for her room. The family is also in need of a stove and microwave. The grandmother has used savings to move into new apartment and is a single mom with other children ages 14 & 15 in her care. We hope to support the family and to assist the minor mother with staying on track to continue to bond with her daughter and to have an appropriate bed for her to sleep as she prepares for her second child in November. Any assistance would be appreciated.
Help two aged out foster youth with a baby together! They are trying to love each other, honor their marriage, and love the Lord well. The fact that they are still together after getting pregnant and married as teenagers is a miracle, especially with a now 5 year old. She works full time online and he recently got laid off because the location he worked at closed, he is actively looking for work. He has always had a job, he is a great provider. They bought their daughter a mattress because they could only afford one, and they are sleeping on the floor. They could really use a queen mattress and platform frame.
Location: Costa Mesa, CA 92626-County:Orange-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Young Life One Orange County-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$350
A mother escaping domestic violence with her four children needs financial support for her move to Oregon. She is currently in her car but has identified two permanent housing opportunities. She is working with a case manager and has two guaranteed job opportunities. She and her children are currently sleeping in their car, and she needs assistance putting gas in her car, and paying for storage fees to avoid losing all of her personal belongings.
Location: Long Beach, CA 90803-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 4-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #CA-Nehemiah Project LA-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$938
We are working with a new mom who is in desperate need of an electric breast pump, due to being a single parent and low income family. Her medical benefits were terminated, it only covered her delivery stay. Mom applied through several supportive services agencies to get a breast pump and was declined. Mom stated she will be returning to work soon. She is in need of an electric breast pump to pump and store to continue exclusively breastfeeding her newborn baby. We appreciate any support you can provide this mom.
Location: Whittier, CA 90606-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Shields For Families-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$95
Single father in need of car repair to maintain only vehicle to get children back and forth to school. The kids can not miss school as they had issues last year resulting in truancy for the kids. He is doing all he can to support his kids in the absence of their mother. He doesn't have family that can help him but he is determined to do whatever is necessary to help his children be successful.
Hello, I am working with a youth who will be aging out of foster care and is in need of a new pair of glasses. The youth broke his glasses, and the current cost is $100.00 for a new pair of replacement in order for him to be able to assist him with his vision support.
Location: Redlands, CA 92374-County:San Bernardino-Children Served: 1-Agency: #CA- San Bernardino CFS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$100
Single grandmother with grandchildren and she needed more space to accommodate them. After 1 year of her looking for a place with affordable rent she has found housing. She is able to pay the rent for the month but she doesn't have the deposit to move-in. Assisting this grandmother with deposit assistance will allow her to help with the 2 grandchildren and keeping them out of the system as the mother is rebuilding.
This request is for a family of five. The family recently has worked on having a stable home are currently living with maternal grandmother to prevent children from being removed from mother’s care. Mother and children currently reside in a room. The family is in need of assistance with acquiring clothing for all children due to children outgrowing clothes and mother is barely making ends meet. Mother continues to seek full time employment as she has been laid off from her employer. A web link is provided within the notes section of a registry mother has created with clothing items children need at the moment. The family will gladly take any alternative clothing as they just want proper fitting clothing. Mother sustains her family with the limited income and is in the process of job searching for new employment. She currently has limited family support and has no assistance from the children’s father. The assistance with providing the needed items would greatly benefit the family in demonstrating their stability during an upcoming court hearing in the month of December 2023. Any support is greatly appreciated.
Location: Compton, CA 90221-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 4-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Shields For Families-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$300
This request is for a family of three. The family recently has worked on having a stable home and have
moved in a new apartment. Mother and children reside in a three bedroom. The family is in need of
assistance with acquiring a refrigerator, so they can store their food as they currently don't own a
refrigerator and they are unable to have food for more than day which is impacting mother's budget. In
the family there is a 9-month-old infant whose formula milk needs to be refrigerated and has been going
bad as family currently doesn't have a refrigerator to store their food. A web link is provided within the
notes section for the refrigerator. The family will gladly take any alternative refrigerator as well. Mother
sustains her family with the limited income and is in the process of job searching. She currently has
limited family support and has no assistance from the children's father. The assistance with providing.
the needed item would greatly benefit the family in demonstrating their stability during an upcoming
court hearing in the month of September 2023. Any support is greatly appreciated.
Revised 6/ Updated on September 22, 2023 by an Agency Worker revised refrigerator link
Location: Los Angeles, CA 90044-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Shields For Families-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$598
This young father entered the foster care system with limited resources and support life experience. Providing him with the essential baby items such a crib and car seat/stroller is crucial in ensuring that his baby has access to a proper safe sleeping environment and sets a strong foundation for the child's physical and emotional health. Many young parents may lack the knowledge and experience needed to care for a newborn. Providing them with items for their baby demonstrates society values and supports their role as parents. This can also help provide the stability and is essential for fostering a nurturing and loving atmosphere in which the newborn can thrive. This can also help break the cycle of intergenerational challenges that often accompany foster care situations. Ensuring that this youths baby get these desired items will not show an act of compassion but a strategic investment in the well-being and future of both the young parent and the child. It is an opportunity to break cycles of adversity and promote stability and foster a brighter future for these vulnerable families.
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Location: Monterey Park, CA 91754-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 2-Agency: #Children's Law Center-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$519
This family comprises a single mother and her two young children, ages 13 and 18. Unfortunately, three months ago, the client lost her job as a house cleaner, which significantly impacted her mental well-being. Juggling the responsibilities of being a single mother and the financial burden she faced took a toll on her, leading to depression. Additionally, she is currently dealing with health issues, for which she is seeking medical care and attending multiple doctor appointments.
While the client's mental health has improved, she continues to face challenges with meeting her financial obligations. Specifically, she struggles to pay her utility bill, which totals $800. The financial strain has not only affected her but also impacted her children, who have noticed the difficulties their family is facing. Despite her efforts to shield them from her problems, they know the situation.
During this period, the client has had to make tough decisions and sacrifices to make ends meet. However, she remains determined to provide for her children and improve their circumstances. She is doing everything she can to support her family, such as meeting with our center's financial advisor.
Location: North Hollywood, CA 91601-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #El Nido Family Centers-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$800
This family consists of five members, including the client and her four children, ages 13, 12, 2, and 1. Approximately two months ago, the client faced a challenging situation when the company she was employed had to let her go due to their financial struggles. During this time, the client was also pregnant, which made it difficult for her to secure new employment.
Unfortunately, following the birth of her baby, the client experienced further difficulties in her personal life and decided to separate from her partner due to differences. This separation significantly impacted the client's mental well-being, leading her to experience a period of depression. Overcoming this difficult phase was a challenge for the client, but with time, she managed to find a job and regain her mental stability.
Now that the client is in a better place emotionally and has secured employment, she is determined to improve her financial situation. Seeking assistance from our center's financial coach is essential for her. As a single mother, she recognizes the need for support in navigating her financial responsibilities.
Unfortunately, during her period of unemployment and depression, the client fell behind on her SoCalGas bill of $800. As a result, she is currently seeking assistance to pay off this outstanding balance. Providing the necessary support would greatly alleviate the financial burden on her and her family. This relief would enable her to focus on essential matters and provide a stable
Location: North Hollywood, CA 91605-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 4-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #El Nido Family Centers-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$800
This family of six comprises a mother, a father, and four young children ages 16, 13, 11, and 7. Approximately seven months ago, the family got COVID-19, lasting two months. The most severely affected member was the primary breadwinner, who had to be hospitalized for two weeks. As a result, the breadwinner lost his job, and despite finding new employment, the pay was significantly lower than before. This sudden loss of income has left the family in a challenging situation, where they must choose between paying rent, buying food, and covering their utilities. Making such difficult decisions has been a source of great distress for the family. Currently, they are struggling with an outstanding LADWP bill of $800 and would greatly appreciate any assistance they can get.
Location: North Hollywood, CA 91605-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 4-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #El Nido Family Centers-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$800
Relative Resource parents have expressed their need for rental assistance. They are struggling to maintain the rent of $1400 per month for a two bedroom apartment and reported their expenses has increased since the children have been placed with them. Also, grandparents have reported the difficulty managing the monthly rent as well as the other household expenses are maintained timely. Grandparents are requesting one thousand dollars to help with rent.
Location: Los Angeles, CA 90005-County:Los Angeles-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #DCFS-LA Metro North-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$1000
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