- Address: 4760 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
- City: Culver City
- State: California
- Country: United States
- Zip/Postal Code: 90230
- Listed: December 17, 2016 4:19 pm
- Expires: This ad has expired
We request toys for the annual Christmas party for our Via Avanta residential treatment program in Pacoima.
For more than 30 years, Via Avanta has been a haven for homeless women and their children. These women struggle
with a multitude of problems, including histories of childhood abuse and domestic violence, poverty, and untreated depression, anxiety and alcohol/substance abuse.
In our therapeutic community, sited on an attractive and family‐friendly campus, women rebuild their lives in an atmosphere of safety, respect, and dignity. They gain coping, parenting, and employment skills. The children who live with them in treatment (ages 0‐5) learn how to play in developmentally appropriate ways with their parents and peers.
They gain trust and love of learning and are more prepared to succeed when they enter kindergarten.
Because of these families’ extreme poverty and chaotic histories, they have not experienced fairy‐tale Christmases.At Via Avanta, we make our annual party a very special evening. The moms are reunited with their non‐resident children who are in kin care or foster care. They all enjoy a pizza party, distribution of LOTS of presents for each child,and then dessert. Last year, at the end of the night, one mother sobbed, “Thank you, it was so beautiful…”
The party will take place on December 16, 2016, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. There will be approximately 70 people in attendance, including staff. We expect around 30 children. While the children who live at Via Avanta are babies and toddlers, there will be older siblings present.
We would be happy to pick up toys from any location.
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