Walden Family Services Receives Matching Funds from Parker Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of St. Germaine Children’s Charity as well as individual donors, Walden Family Services has received $5000 in matching funds in a grant from The Parker Foundation.

The matching funds are an addition to a $15,000 grant benefitting Walden’s Transitional Housing Program (THP) for foster youth. THP ensures that young people transitioning from foster care to independent living are given the help and support they need to thrive.

“As they move from foster care to full independence, our young people are especially vulnerable,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “Without a safety net, former foster youth can become homeless in an instant, or victims of abuse, drug use, and an unending cycle of trauma. This matching grant will help us break that cycle and help these kids pursue education, employment, and a valuable place in our community.”

Walden Family Services deeply appreciates the support of The Parker Foundation, St. Germaine Children’s Charity, and all the individual donors who’ve contributed to Walden’s efforts to help every child succeed and thrive.

 

About The Parker Foundation

The Parker Foundation was founded on October 5, 1971 for charitable purposes leading to the betterment of life for all people of San Diego County. With a net endowment of $40 million, the Foundation has granted over $50 million since inception.

 

About St. Germaine Children’s Charity

St. Germaine Children’s Charity is a California nonprofit corporation comprised of approximately 300 members committed to stopping child abuse and improving the lives of abused and neglected children in San Diego.

Spring Soirée Raises Needed Funds for Walden Family Services

Ron Brady, Micki Olin, Mary Alice Brady, Vicki & Chris Eddy

L to R: Ron Brady, Micki Olin, Mary Alice Brady, Vicki & Chris Eddy

Solana Beach, CA—In celebration of National Foster Care Month, Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss hosted an intimate dinner at Pamplemousse Grille on May 22, 2018 to benefit Walden Family Services. The event raised over $21,000 for Walden’s wide-ranging programs on behalf of children and youth in foster care.

Chef Jeffrey Strauss with former foster youth Haley Bergam and Walden Board chair Arlene Lieberman

22 guests were treated to an exquisite four-course menu with special wine pairings, all while learning more about Walden’s programs. “Jeffrey has been a friend to Walden for a long time, and we are extremely grateful for his generosity and ongoing support,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “His commitment to children’s causes, and to Walden’s work with foster children, is truly inspirational.”

Haley Bergam, Walden CEO Teresa Stivers, Arlene Lieberman and foster mom Jennifer Bishop

After dinner, Haley Bergam, a former foster youth in Walden’s transitional housing program, talked about her experience in foster care. She and her older siblings entered foster care when Haley was in the fourth grade. They were extremely fortunate to be placed in one home together—something Walden works hard to accomplish every day. Now 22 and ready to graduate with an Associate’s degree in Biology, Haley credits her foster family and Walden Family Services with giving her the support she needed during her transition to young adulthood.

Quentin and Melissa Blackford with Board member Emily Shults and her husband Ted

Notable guests included Mary Alice and Ron Brady; Micki Olin; Vicki and Chris Eddy; Arlene Lieberman; Emily and Ted Shults; Quentin and Melissa Blackford; Kristen and Steve Shea; Haida and Ali Mojdehi; John Stephens; and Haley Bergam and Jennifer Bishop.

 

Meet Our Heroes: Mary Alice and Ron Brady

For more than a decade, Mary Alice and Ron Brady have ensured that Walden children who need a loving, nurturing, and safe home to live in are able to have just that.

The Bradys’ partnership and financial support have directly impacted Walden’s foster care placement, foster parent recruitment and training, adoption services, transitional housing programs for older foster youth, education and employment support, mental health services, new parent training, and family visitation services.

Their civic and charitable leadership extends far beyond Walden, reaching at least 300,000 individuals and families in San Diego every year. Through philanthropy and service to Vista Hill, Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, East County YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County, the Bradys have ensured that vulnerable and at-risk children have access to programs and services that positively change their lives.

To honor Mary Alice and her desire to help children in foster care, Ron established the Gr’mere’s I’mpossible Journey Fund. The endowment provides resources needed to ensure foster parents have furnishings and other requirements for a child to be placed with them. Their support enables Walden to give every child in a safe and nurturing home, meaning we never have to deny a child in our care the safety and love they deserve.

The Bradys’ believe their success is meant to be shared by giving to causes that make a real difference in the lives of those served.

You can make a 100% tax-deductible gift this holiday season that gives a child hope. Learn how your donation makes an impact and give today.

Walden Awarded $50,000 Annenberg Foundation Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Annenberg Foundation has awarded Walden Family Services a $50,000 grant.

“We are so grateful to the Annenberg Foundation for this important award that will allow us to fill critical funding gaps in our mission of supporting the lives of Walden’s children, youth, and young people in foster care,” said Teresa Stivers, CEO of Walden Family Services.

The Annenberg Foundation funding will support high-need programs at Walden’s sites in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties including move-in costs and educational/employment counseling for young people ages 18-21 in our Transitional Housing Plus Foster Care program; baby items for pregnant and parenting teens, a nurse consultant for our foster children with special health care needs, and foster family recruitment.

“The Annenberg Foundation is pleased to support the work of Walden Family Services and the programs it conducts, which make lives better for the community and individuals it serves.”

The Annenberg Foundation awards grants on a rolling basis through a competitive application and review process. To learn more about the organization, visit their website.

For Hunter Industries, Donating Holiday Gifts Celebrates Family, Citizenship

Hunter Industries believes strongly in supporting the local community. In fact, they have a charitable giving charter centered on core values like family and citizenship. And last week, employees celebrated these values by donating holiday gifts for 93 Walden children and youth.

Gifts for children in Walden’s foster care and adoption program ranged from toys and dolls to bikes and scooters. For older youth in the transitional housing program, Hunter Industries’ employees purchased household items, gas cards and other necessary items. Employees also donated gifts for pregnant and parenting teens enrolled in Walden’s Nurturing Parenting and Cal-Learn programs.

Walden is grateful for Hunter Industries and the dozens of corporate partners committed to brightening the holidays for children and youth involved in Walden’s foster care, adoption and parenting programs.

You can still bring joy to a child in foster care this holiday season by making a donation online.

Intuit, Jack in the Box Fulfill Holiday Wishes

Holiday gifts donated to kids in foster care by Intuit

Holiday gifts donated to kids in foster care by Intuit

Employees from Intuit and Jack in the Box stopped by the San Diego office Friday with cars fulls of gifts to fulfill the holiday wishes of children and youth in foster care.

A Razor scooter and helmet for Leo. A Princess Fantasy Dress Up Chest for Bethany. And pots and pans, blankets and other household necessities for youth in Walden’s transitional housing program.

Intuit, a leading provider of business and financial management solutions, has a long history of employee giving to benefit children in foster care. This year, San Diego-based Jack in the Box joined in granting holiday wishes with presents for older youth who are moving into their own apartments.

Holiday gifts from Jack in the Box to furnish apartments for foster youth

Holiday gifts from Jack in the Box to furnish apartments for foster youth

Walden is grateful for all of our corporate partners for their generous in-kind and financial gifts throughout the year.  If you would like to join our corporate partners in brightening the holidays for a child in foster care, you can make a donation online.

Business Community Hosts Backpack Drives

Mary from Global Algae showing the school supplies and gifts in each backpackEach year, the business community hosts backpack drives to provide school-age foster children and youth with necessary school supplies.

“Starting the school year with a new backpack is a rite of passage for many kids,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “For kids in foster care, new backpacks represent a way to fit in with classmates.”

This summer, Walden received backpacks from San Diego-based Global Algae Innovations, Inc., which uses algae to produce food, energy, and economic security.

In Los Angeles County, Chin Chin West Hollywood organized a bus trip, lunch at the restaurant and a visit from Los Angeles County Fire Station #7 as part of their annual backpack drive benefiting children and youth in Walden’s Encino foster care and transitional housing programs.

Little girl wearing her new backpack while talking with a firefighter about his firetruck“We are grateful to our business and community partners who provide foster children and youth the tools they need to succeed at school,” said Stivers. “Both the in-kind donations and financial contributions we receive throughout the school year provide essential developmental and bonding experiences for the children and youth in our care.”

Discover how your business can support foster youth through corporate sponsorships or online giving.