Our mission is to help prepare for a life "outside" of incarceration and crime.
Our mission is to help prepare for a life "outside" of incarceration and crime.

FOLA helps break the cycle of incarceration and it's effect on family and community with tested programs and critical services. Learn more about us today!

Our mission is to help prepare for a life "outside" of incarceration and crime.
FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.
FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.

We are about impacting people's lives in a meaningful way for successful re-entry to the family and community. Click to learn about our "success" stories.

FOLA builds a bridge to successful re-integration.
We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.
We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.

FOLA addresses the needs of a forgotten part of our society – children and families with incarcerated loved ones. Help us help those in need.

We help invisible victims — children and families — when a family member is incarcerated.
FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.
FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.

From Dad's Back! to Parole to Payroll, we offer a range of programs to help the re-entry population have a better life. Click to learn more!

FOLA's programs build critical life-skills.
FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.
FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.

We help our clients become more self-sufficient to reduce recidivism while solving the problems of inter-generational crime and incarceration on families and communities. Get help now!

FOLA is a bridge to help you re-enter society.
Support us helping those in need.
Support us helping those in need.

Join the FOLA team and make a significant difference in your community. Please volunteer or donate today!

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Because of incarceration’s high cost, negative impact upon families, and overall failure to deter crime, Friends Outside in Los Angeles County believes that society at-large is not well-served by its reliance upon incarceration as the preponderant response to criminal behavior.

Meet Sam Spicer -- a True Success Story!

Sam Spicer Shares Some Advice for FOLA Clients from Mary Weaver on Vimeo.


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Celebrating our “PASSPORT TO SUCCESS”

    “Passport to Success” is an employment program for the re-entry population, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Only 18 organizations in the United States received these grants. DOL ended this funding on September …
  • Collateral Damage: Children

    The Children – Incarceration’s Collateral Damage Children with incarcerated parents are the overlooked victims of incarceration. Nationally, the number of these children increased by 80% between 1991 – 2007 (Bureau of Justice Statistics), and now …
  • Being Involved with Friends Outside in Los Angeles County

    Gretchen Goette Chiari discusses how she learned about Friends Outside nine years ago. This lead to her volunteer work in the Watts’ office and the Lynwood Jail for Women.
  • Thomas Fleming Rhodes: A Wonderful Man and Volunteer

    Thomas Fleming Rhodes was the epitome of a volunteer. He began volunteering at our Pasadena office so many years ago that we don’t even remember exactly when he began.  We think it was sometime in …
  • We Have A New Address!

    Our New Home! I am very happy to inform you that we vacated the church in which our administrative offices have been located for almost 40 years  and have moved into our new, beautiful digs …
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