One of our primary goals at the mission is to help our clients thrive, no matter what their family looks like. They are single moms and dads, couples, and sometimes even grandparents raising their grandchildren. We also serve families in the reunification process through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). For various reasons they have lost custody of their children, sometimes through decisions of their own and sometimes through circumstances outside of their control. They are typically families who have completed all the requirements to regain custody and the last step is ensuring they have stable housing.
The Mission works closely with DCFS to help these families create a sustainable plan for their future. “All families need a place to call home and the partnerships with our community—especially San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and other shelters—are so vital,” said Jessica Ambroz with DCFS. “Every child needs their family and having safe and reliable housing supports this critical need! Families staying together means security, safety, and wellbeing for all.”
The Mission’s services such as counseling, support groups, and parenting classes help lay a positive foundation for families in this process. The caring and nurturing environment created by staff, volunteers, and other guests helps families grow and heal as they adjust to life back together. These services are pivotal in helping families stay together and can truly change the trajectory of a child’s life. It’s a privilege to be a part of this process and see parents overcome their struggles and create a stable and positive future for their children.