I have seen the FOLA chapter grow from an acorn to a “Mighty Oak.”

George Ferrick

About Friends Outside Los Angeles

Here at Friends Outside Los Angeles (FOLA) we assist children and families, prisoners, and former prisoners with the immediate and long-term effects of incarceration, and to act as a bridge between those we serve, the community at large, and the criminal justice system, thereby enhancing the character of justice.

Our Programs


  • A Conversation with Cheryl Cromwell

    Mary: Tell us about yourself. Cheryl: I have a master’s in social work from Bryn Mawr College with a specialization in community organizing and social planning.  I’ve taught in schools […]
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  • Honoring a Hero, Samuel Spicer, Jr., and reflecting on his contributions to FOLA

    As we celebrate 50 years of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County in 2022, during National Women’s Month we also celebrate the women of Friends Outside Los Angeles. Today, we are celebrating former board president and women’s advocate, Joyce Ride!

  • Program Highlight: Dads Back! Academy F.I.R.E. 

    As we celebrate 50 years of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County in 2022, during National Women’s Month we also celebrate the women of Friends Outside Los Angeles. Today, we are celebrating former board president and women’s advocate, Joyce Ride!

  • May brings Mother’s Day . . . 

    As we celebrate 50 years of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County in 2022, during National Women’s Month we also celebrate the women of Friends Outside Los Angeles. Today, we are celebrating former board president and women’s advocate, Joyce Ride!

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • A Conversation with Cheryl Cromwell

    Mary: Tell us about yourself. Cheryl: I have a master’s in social work from Bryn Mawr College with a specialization in community organizing and social planning.  I’ve taught in schools […]
    Read More

  • Honoring a Hero, Samuel Spicer, Jr., and reflecting on his contributions to FOLA

    As we celebrate 50 years of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County in 2022, during National Women’s Month we also celebrate the women of Friends Outside Los Angeles. Today, we are celebrating former board president and women’s advocate, Joyce Ride!

  • Program Highlight: Dads Back! Academy F.I.R.E. 

    As we celebrate 50 years of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County in 2022, during National Women’s Month we also celebrate the women of Friends Outside Los Angeles. Today, we are celebrating former board president and women’s advocate, Joyce Ride!

  • May brings Mother’s Day . . . 

    As we celebrate 50 years of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County in 2022, during National Women’s Month we also celebrate the women of Friends Outside Los Angeles. Today, we are celebrating former board president and women’s advocate, Joyce Ride!

  • George Ferrick, FOLA’s First Paid Executive Director

    Mary: How did you become the first paid FOLA Executive Director? George: I found out about Friends Outside from Alice Callahan, a nun who became an Episcopal Priest and was […]
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