When I think about the holidays
I think about family.
I think about the tens of thousands of Los Angeles families that El Nido has helped in our 88-year history.
I think about El Nido's extremely successful family-based approach.
I think about our dedicated El Nido staff like Guillermo Melara, who has been a counselor with the agency for 26 years, who helps families like the Ruiz's. With Guillermo's family counseling, their 12-year-old daughter went from an angry teenager, failing classes, and getting in fights with peers to a happy and positive young woman who once again has hope. "I feel like a different person because my parents are so much nicer to me. I feel better about myself and hopeful about my life."
We are asking you - our extended El Nido family, our friends, and our supporters - to help us continue to help families we serve this holiday season. While the economy has improved in some neighborhoods in Los Angeles, the communities where El Nido works continue to be severely under-resourced. The need is greater than ever.
What is more, local, state, and federal budgets continue to cut back funding in vital service areas. From our Early Head Start program to our supportive services for teen parents and their babies to our child abuse prevention and treatment program to our youth development and gang prevention programs, all have been impacted by these ongoing government budget cuts.