LET’S GIVE A HURTING CHILD CAUSE TO SMILE IN 2020

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LET’S GIVE A HURTING CHILD CAUSE TO SMILE IN 2020!

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%. The impact of parental incarceration commonly manifests in increased antisocial behaviors in their children, including severe depression and a greater potential for substance abuse, criminal activity and suicide. The Centers for Disease Control states that these children are more likely to drop out of school.

Friends Outside Los Angeles County is the longest-running and arguably the most cost-effective nonprofit organization serving area families impacted by incarceration.

An estimated 75,000 children in Los Angeles County have an incarcerated parent. But, the good news is that research shows that these children are more resistant to negative outcomes when there is a sustained bond between parent and child and a network for social and financial support.
Established in 1972, our multi-award-winning organization invests nine of every ten dollars directly into services (IRS Form 990, 2018). Each year, we serve approximately 300 children and their incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parents to strengthen their bonds and their social and financial support. Our programs include the Incarcerated Parents Project, an after-school program, a family support group, and the Dads Back! Academy, which builds fatherhood skills and provides reentry employment assistance. 65% of the fathers we assisted through our recent U.S. Department of Labor grant obtained employment. Only 7% returned to prison.

Our services culminate each year with the Thomas Fleming Rhodes Memorial Holiday Party that the children love! I will never forget a comment from one smiling child who exclaimed to me, “This is the first fun thing I have done with my family this whole year!”

At Friends Outside Los Angeles County, caring is contagious. The more caring people who provide support, the more caring support we can provide to families, giving hurting children cause to smile.

Won’t you join our 2020 Care Team and make a generous donation now? We promise to honor how much you care, not just with a note of thanks and a periodic performance update, but also by responsibly managing every dollar to maximize your return on investment while putting smiles on the faces of these children. Thank you!
Sincerely,

Mary Weaver
Executive Director

Giving Tuesday


Dear Friends of Friends Outside:

During a previous Thomas Fleming Rhodes Memorial Holiday Party, young Adam looked up at me and said, “This is the only fun thing my family has done this whole year.” This was not a surprising statement for me. 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.

Except for an occasional visit to a prison or jail (to keep family bonds strong), their families have limited social lives and cannot afford to participate in the parties that most of us take for granted during the December Holidays. Their children quietly suffer, feel different, and are ashamed of their circumstances.

Your support has enabled us to plan special parties for these children at the time of year that is the most difficult for them. One year a mother told me after the party that her child had thought he was the only one with an incarcerated parent. He then realized he was not alone and didn’t feel so different from the other kids!

Your support for the parties to be held in December will make a world of difference for these children. Won’t you say YES to assuring that they have a wonderful Holiday through your support as follows:

Sponsor: Your $5,000 or $1,000 gift will be the “frosting on the cake” for each party and will enable us to do so much for the families throughout the coming year.

Co-Sponsor: Your $500 gift will sponsor 10 families for the party and help us to provide services to them during the coming year.

Family Sponsor: Your $100 gift will sponsor 2 families for the party and help us to provide services to them during the coming year.

Supporter: Your $50 will be used where it is most needed to support the Holiday Party and to provide services to the families during the coming year.

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Sincerely,

Mary Weaver

Executive Director

P.S. Won’t you please take a moment now to make your tax-deductible donation via PayPal or by sending your check to our offices at 261 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 217, Pasadena, CA, 91101? Your contribution will also be a present to yourself when you experience the great joy of what it means to help others who are less fortunate, the true meaning of this special time of year.