FACES 2021

Thanks to all who spent a fun and engaging afternoon with us for FACES! We also send our appreciation to Congresswoman Judy Chu and her assistant, Lindsay Plake, for creating a video message especially for the day (see below), our clients who shared their stories of transformation and how Friends Outside LA helped to make it possible, the talents of our emcee, Liz Watts (Liz Watts and Company), the amazing magic of Brian Ochab, International Magic Champion, the interviewing skills of Susanne Whatley (Host, 89.3 KPCC Morning Edition), and, finally, to the person behind the scene who made sure the day went off without a hitch, Marlene McCurtis (Persimmon Productions).

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. fola_paypal-button *All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.


  • TRIBUTE TO SAMUEL SPICER, JR., 1953 – 2022

    Sam had the best people skills of anyone she ever knew. And, that was where the specialness began.

  • 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 he will readily tell it, Sam Spicer, Jr. had been in and out of jail/prison a few times when he came to Friends Outside in Los Angeles County to perform community service.

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

    The Friends Outside in Los Angeles County’s Dads Back! Academy F.I.R.E. program is our third-generation program designed especially for re-entry fathers, their families, and their children. 

  • 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!