Southern California Program

Hathaway Sycamores

Civic and Community
Pasadena, CA
$300,000
June 2020

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a child welfare agency founded in 1902, impacts the lives of more than 14,000 children, young adults and families each year.  Its range of comprehensive and integrated programs address the needs of those who have been severely traumatized by family and community violence.  The agency serves all of Los Angeles County through 11 offices, one of which is in Lancaster in the underserved Antelope Valley.  This site, which is at capacity, provides mental health services, including a 24-hour mobile crisis evaluation team, psychiatry, and a partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services to provide monitored visitations for foster youth.  The current waitlist for services is more than four months, an unacceptable timeframe when children and families are in crisis.  A Keck Foundation capital grant will support the relocation of the agency’s service center in Lancaster to a larger more centrally located building in Palmdale.  The new site will provide greater access to mental health services and house a family resource center that will provide a food pantry, youth enrichment activities, and programs for parents with young children designed to prevent abuse and neglect.

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