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Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation Awards Hillsides $5 Million Grant for At-Risk Youth
4.25.17
On April 25, representatives from the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation presented Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity, with a $5 million check.   Pictured left to right:  Petersen Foundation representatives Kevin Strauch and Gigi Carleton, Hillsides President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides Board Chair Donna Ford, and Donald  P. Clark, Hillsides Campaign Cabinet co-chair.

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 25, 2017 – The Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation has awarded Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity, a $5 million grant for youth who are at risk, the largest grant ever received in Hillsides’ 104-year-old history. The gift will be used to support transition-aged youth ages 16-24 though an array of social, educational and mental health services. The needs of these youth include education, employment, housing, independent living skills, mental healthcare and peer support.

In recognition of the gift, Hillsides will name the new 34,000 square-foot student center that is currently under construction on Hillsides main campus in Pasadena, CA the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Student Center.

“Hillsides serves more than 1,400 transition-aged youth, and we are dedicated to leading new initiatives that advance housing, employment, and mental health services for Los Angeles County youth,” said Hillsides President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa.  “We are overjoyed and incredibly appreciative of this historic gift that will allow us to provide a much-needed continuum of care for this vulnerable population.” 

Hillsides serves transition-aged youth through its five core programs:  Bienvenidos Foster Care and Adoptions that provides home-based family care services; Hillsides Education Center, a nationally accredited therapeutic non-public residential and day school; Family Resource Centers, which offer community-based mental health services; Residential Treatment Services for children who are in foster care or cannot live at home for other reasons; and Youth Moving On, which offers housing services, workforce development and a Peer Resource drop-in center for transition-aged youth.

The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Student Center will include new art and music studios, a large indoor gym and recreation room, a modernized kitchen and a spacious new dining commons built above a subterranean garage.  The center is part of a $17.1 million capital improvement project to update and re-imagine Hillsides’ Pasadena campus. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2018.   

About Hillsides

Hillsides provides high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where children and youth can thrive. Headquartered in Pasadena, the agency and its affiliation with Bienvenidos serves 13,000 children and families in Southern California throughout its 33 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoptions services in approved resource family homes serve families in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. To learn more about both agencies, visit www.Hillsides.org and www.Bienvenidos.org. Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena.

Family Resource Centers offer numerous community-based programs and services that provide parenting classes, mental health support, and additional crucial resources for vulnerable children and families throughout Los Angeles County, including the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena. >
Residential Treatment Services provide a safe and stable environment where children and youths, who cannot live at home, suffered trauma, or have severe emotional or behavioral challenges, can thrive. >
Education Center, a therapeutic residential and day school, offers individualized education for students with social-emotional, learning and/or behavior challenges for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. >
Youth Moving On, with support from The Everychild Foundation, provides former foster youth affordable quality housing and numerous support services to help them become responsible, self-sufficient adults. >

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