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The countdown is done! FOF has a new home!
At long last, Friends of the Family has the kind of facility we have dreamed of for many years – a place that will greatly expand our capacity to help struggling families thrive and succeed!

Our new address is:
16861 Parthenia Street, North Hills, CA 91343

Phone and fax numbers stay the same: 818/988-4430 (phone) and 818/988-4633 (fax).
Stay tuned for pictures of this exciting adventure and plan to come visit us at our grand opening ceremony later this summer!

A thousand thank yous to all those who have already so generously supported this project!


FOF is Melissa Joan Hart's "Favorite" Charity"
Fresh from an extraordinary effort at fundraising for the 2014 Families Matter Benefit & Celebration, Melissa Joan Hart has found a new way to support Friends of the Family in an ongoing way! It’s CHIDEO – a new website that offers celebrities a way to connect with their fans AND make money for their favorite charities at the same time. FOF is so very honored to be Melissa’s favorite charity! Check it out here and spread the word to all your friends!
“FAMILY TO FAMILY” Holiday Program
For struggling families, the holiday season brings little hope for something to celebrate. Through the generosity of supportive donors in the FOF Family to Family Holiday Program, we were able to help 76 families in great need, transforming what might have been a time of anxiety and sadness into a wonderful season of hope and abundance. As one young mother put it, “I am blessed knowing people like you exist. Seeing my kids so happy melts my heart away."

Are you looking for a meaningful way to share the spirit of giving with your family during the holidays? Would you like to personally make a difference for a struggling family in our community? Join us in the “Family to Family” Holiday Program and help ensure that no one feels forgotten in the season of giving. Here’s how it works…

Alan Kaplan Memorial Fund
In July, 2012, Friends of the Family lost a tireless champion when Alan Kaplan, husband of FOF Executive Director Susan Kaplan, passed away. In his honor we established the Alan Kaplan Memorial Fund which will provide an annual scholarship for a deserving young person who has made notable achievements toward creating a successful future for their family with the help of FOF programs. Read more…

If you would like to make a contribution to the Alan Kaplan Memorial Fund, please click here.

LA Diaper Drive supports Friends of the Family!
A baby goes through 10-15 diapers a day and approximately 8000 diapers from birth to toddler age. With the help of LA Diaper Drive, an organization that provides diapers to low-income families in the LA area through community based partners, Friends of the Family has been able to distribute over 50,000 diapers to struggling families this year alone. The diapers are used as incentives for attending our programs, as well as given to families with emergency needs. Resources for this kind of help are scarce. We are proud to partner with LA Diaper Drive to provide this desperately needed support in our community.

Our staff says:
“Sometimes these diapers make all the difference for a family trying to stay afloat. I wish that you could be here to see their faces of gratitude.”
4R’s Field Trips

Opening minds and igniting curiosity about the world… the 4Rs Program seeks to engage middle school students by providing varied and enriching experiences that otherwise would not be available to them. During the past year program participants enthusiastically joined in a number of interesting field trips. At the California Science Center, participants were able to tour the CSI laboratory and attempt to solve a crime by observing firsthand a typical crime scene. They also experienced Target America’s “Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause” exhibit. During their fieldtrip to the Getty Center the youth were exposed to the steps in creating a bronze statue through “Foundry to Finish” and “Cast in Bronze”. One of the most impactful trips was to the Museum of Tolerance which led to a rich discussion about teen life in today’s school environment as well as the multi-faceted subjects of racism, bigotry, peer pressure, ignorance, and tolerance. Finally the students enjoyed a summer beach trip to Malibu where the day was spent picnicking, swimming and playing sports, fun summer activities that are not readily available to these program participants.

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