Season’s Greetings!

A big thank you to all of the persons who sent donations in support of our holiday activities for children and families with incarcerated loves ones and services to them throughout the coming year!  

We have raised $7,540 as of yesterday and are seeking to raise a total of $10,000 before year end.   Can you help us reach this goal?   I just made my donation and I hope you can make yours as well!   Your tax-deductible donation can be made via PayPal through our website,, or through a check made out to “Friends Outside in Los Angeles County” and mailed to our administrative offices at 261 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste., 217, Pasadena, CA , 91101.

Thank you for your support and wishing all a safe and productive 2018!

Mary Weaver
Executive Director

FOLA Staff Member Ernest Melendrez Recipient of Harriet Tubman Award!

Job Specialist Ernest Melendrez (Ernie) was a recent recipient of the the Harriet Tubman Distinguished Award at the inaugural Beyond the Bars LA Conference. The conference is “reserved for special individuals who have experienced incarceration and dedicated their life’s work to abolishing the current state of mass incarceration.”

Here is an excerpt from Ernie’s award letter…
“Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman, a noted abolitionist, subsequently escaped only to come back and free others trapped in slavery.  It was during this time the Underground Railroad was born – a network  of antislavery activists and safe houses.  Tubman was a brave champion of freedom and equality, and it is in this respect that we intend to honor you and your work.”

Ernie participated in a Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA) program, Project New Start, in which FOLA was sub-contracted under the City of Los Angeles.  He was offered a job with FOLA and is quickly approaching his eighth year anniversary with our organization. We are fortunate to have him on “Team FOLA” and congratulate him on this wonderful accomplishment and well-deserved recognition.

Mary Weaver, Executive Director

Join us for a Benefit in Support of Our Services for Children and their Families!

invitedigitalSunday, Nov. 6, 2016, 3:00-6:00 PM

• Hear Directly from Our Families About Our Services
• Silent and Live Auctions
• Comedian Lauren Weedman
(Cast, HBO’s “Looking”; Former Correspondent, Daily Show with Jon Stewart)
• Liz Watts and Company Dance Troupe
• Light Refreshments • Business Casual
La Cañada Flintridge Country Club
5500 Godbey Dr. • La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

RSVP: By November 1, 2016 • (626) 795-7607, ext. 102
Coralito Arambula •
Suggested Event Donation = $25.00

To donate go click here  or send a check to:
261 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 217, Pasadena, CA 91101