Category Archives: Recent News

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VIP’s 2016 Annual Holiday Toy Drive is Here!

It’s time for VIP’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive! As the year comes to a close, one of our most favorite times of year begins. We cherish this time because we get to spread smiles to the hundreds of children and families we serve, many of whom have not had a reason to smile for quite some time. But we need your help to make this possible.

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VIP Spotlight: Manny Caro, Community Engagement Coordinator

Manny Caro is the new Community Engagement Coordinator at the Violence Intervention Program, responsible for recruiting and supporting volunteers for all programs including mentoring, tutoring, child care, our Education Center, and special events. Since joining VIP in March, Manny has been committed to growing our volunteer programs in order to better serve the kids that walk through our doors every day.

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A Mentor for Joshua

After losing his mother at just eight years old, Joshua fell into a major depression, becoming angry, disengaged, and began struggling in school. He had numerous physical fights with peers, refused to do school work, and was uncooperative with his teachers and adoptive grandparents. After coming to VIP earlier this year, Joshua worked with his therapist to process the loss of his mother and has been showing a more positive outlook at school and at home.

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Youth at the Edge

One recent Friday night, a 13-year-old boy spent 14 hours sleeping in a chair in our clinic waiting room. A desperate search was on to find a foster home, group home, a member of his family, someone who would take this boy and provide a safe place for him. Finally, another facility offered to let him wait in their lobby while they identified a place for him to sleep. The nights in our Children’s Village are filled with children who seek safety.

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Wynn Family Grants Matching Challenge

The Elaine P. Wynn and Family Foundation has announced a $250,000 Matching Grant for VIP’s Hope Center for Teens, now under construction. This generous challenge was presented by Elaine Wynn, her daughter Kevyn, and her other daughter and H.E.A.R.T. Board member, Gillian, with the caveat that VIP match this amount from individual and family foundations by June 30th.

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VIP Spotlight: Eunice Rios, MD

Dr. Eunice Rios serves as the Medical Director at the Adolescent Care & Transition (ACT) Clinic located within the VIP Children’s Medical Village. After graduating from Stanford Medical School, Dr. Rios trained at the competitive Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at LAC+USC Medical Center.

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8th Annual Back to School Drive

It’s already time for VIP’s 8th Annual Back to School Drive! For children in foster care and families struggling with overcoming violence in their homes, finding the resources to go back to school prepared to succeed can be overwhelming. This is why each August, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) collaborates with partners, like you, to give our clients and their siblings brand new backpacks full of school essentials.

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VIP Makes a New Plan for Children Awaiting Placement

Dear Friends,

An article released yesterday in the L.A. Times stated that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will be closing the Children’s Welcome Center (CWC) and the Youth Welcome Center (YWC), located in the VIP Medical Village at the LAC+USC Medical Center. DCFS will in fact no longer be responsible for either Center; however, the CWC will remain open under the leadership of the Department of Health Services (DHS). For now, the YWC will remain closed.

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