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Corporate Center Pasadena Adopts 30 Hillsides Families for the Holidays
From left to right: Agustin Gutierrez, Brittany Sojka, Soseh Melkonian, Donna Guerrero, and Oscar Torres.

LOS ANGELES, December 18, 2018 – Corporate Center Pasadena, a four-building complex in South Lake Avenue’s business and shopping district, has “adopted” 30 in-need families over the holidays for Hillsides, a Southern California foster care and mental health charity.  The holiday wishes of the families are being answered by the tenants in the complex.

Brittany Sojka, tenant services coordinator at Corporate Center Pasadena, suggested partnering with Hillsides to her co-workers.  They unanimously agreed to adopt families for the holidays.

Corporate Center Pasadena’s adoption of 30 families over the holidays is the largest Hillsides Adopt-A-Family donation ever by one single donor. “Usually at this time of the year, we are struggling to have all of the holiday wishes of the families met, but this year, due to Corporate Center Pasadena, we have been able to adopt out all 100 of our families,”  said Laura Kelso, Hillsides director of community resources.

Hillsides has run an Adopt-A-Family holiday program for Hillsides families in need for the last several years. Social workers and therapists throughout the agency identify families who need help, and then their profiles, along with holiday wish lists, are given to community members and businesses to fulfill.

The Corporate Center Pasadena is located on six acres totaling approximately 630,000 square feet at 201, 225, 251, and 283 South Lake Avenue in Pasadena.  The Center was acquired by Coretrust Capital Partners in May 2018.


About Hillsides:

Hillsides, with its affiliate Bienvenidos, is dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the agency serves nearly 17,000 children and families in Southern California throughout more than 40 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoptions services are offered in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. To learn more about Hillsides, please visit 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. >
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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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