Stories

Paths to Permanency

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Featured Slider, News, Stories | 0 comments

Paths to Permanency

We invite you to watch this short, powerful video about Mark, Cody and LaReill, three young men whose lives have been changed by the services they have received at Hathaway-Sycamores’ El Nido residential campus. Mark, Cody and LaReill relate, in their own words, the positive impact that their stay at El Nido has made in their lives. At EL Nido the boys, who range in age from 6 to 18 years, receive therapy for mental health issues and vocational training to give them the tools for an...

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3 Paths to Adulthood

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Featured Slider, News, Stories | 0 comments

3 Paths to Adulthood

In the video, 3 Paths to Adulthood, three former foster youth – Armine Gasparyan, Marcos Gutierrez and Wayne Jackson – share their experiences with Hathaway-Sycamores’ Transitional Independent Living Program.  The program provides housing, job training and other support services to help former foster youth transition into successful adults. According to Marcos Gutierrez, “I didn’t think people or places like this existed anywhere. They pretty much helped me put myself back together. They...

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Vicki’s Story

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Stories | 0 comments

Vicki’s Story

The heart-wrenching details are forever etched in Vicki’s mind. It was December of 2010, and Vicki – then 15 – was on winter break, as were her two younger sisters and one younger brother. Instead of enjoying a holiday vacation, the four kids – and their mother – were living in a compact car, surviving on an occasional slice of bread. On one cold and rainy night, Vicki and the others were awoken by a police officer’s blinding flashlight. That bright beam triggered a series of scarring events....

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Learning A Different Way

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Featured Slider, News, Stories | 0 comments

Learning A Different Way

Hathaway-Sycamores is changing a community one child at a time at our Family Resource Center’s Learning Lab in Highland Park. Alejandra Negrete is a former Learning Lab student currently attending the University of California, Irvine. Alejandra states, “Without the Learning Lab, I’d probably be at home with a minimum wage job.” Today, Alejandra is aiming higher, she plans to become a lawyer. The Learning Lab currently serves 250 at risk youth by providing free tutoring...

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Macrina and Miguel Gutierrez to be honored as “Angels in Adoption”

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in News, Stories | 0 comments

Macrina and Miguel Gutierrez to be honored as “Angels in Adoption”

Many of you are familiar with the inspiring story of how Macrina and Miguel Gutierrez become foster/adoptive parents of three young siblings – literally, overnight. We are happy to share their latest news; the family of five is headed to Washington D.C. where Macrina and Miguel Gutierrez will be honored as 2015 “Angels in Adoption!”  “Angels in Adoption” is an annual award presented by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). It enables U.S. Congress members to...

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Making a Difference, One Little Girl at a Time

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in News, Stories | 0 comments

Making a Difference, One Little Girl at a Time

At a time when other women her age are starting to contemplate retirement, 55-year-old Valerie Craig can be found on any given weeknight helping an 8-year-old little girl with her homework, and on any given weekend cheering on that same little girl as she streaks across the finish line at a track-and-field meet. The reason for Craig’s atypical mid-life schedule is because, as she puts it, “There are so many children in need – I had an empty nest, and I knew I could do this.” So she made the...

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