Caring is Contagious is a short fundraising film highlighting the pioneering work FOLA has done for almost fifty years serving the needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. Several clients and staff members are featured in the film as well as FOLA’s executive director, Mary Weaver.

See how our caring ripples forward and restores hope.



  • Carl’s video – Forward Focus client story

    We are following Carl Grey, former lifer, who was released from state prison in 2018 after serving 37 years. Listen to his compelling journey and learn how Friends Outside in Los Angeles County’s Forward Focus program in Inglewood helped him become a contributing, successful member of his new community.


    When a parent is incarcerated, the child is separated from a primary source of security. According to a U.S. Department of Justice report, since the war on drugs began in the 1980s the rate of children with incarcerated mothers has increased 100% and the rate of those with incarcerated fathers has increased more than 75%.

  • Thankful Thursday

    It seems to me that if there is a “Giving Tuesday” that there should also be a “Thankful Thursday” to thank each of you for giving to Friends Outside LA such as through your financial contributions, volunteer time, and overall support of our Mission.

  • Giving Tuesday

    Over the past 30 years I have gotten to know children with incarcerated parents and their families well. Their stories are too similar. And, too many are from impoverished families and live in crime-ridden communities. Your support has enabled us to plan special parties for these children at the time of year that is the most difficult for them.

  • Annual Gala Event 2019

    Friends Outside LA is pleased to present our Annual Gala and fundraiser during which we will honor the retirement of our executive director of 30 years, Mary Weaver.