|1986||Bienvenidos is founded to address the growing number of abused and neglected infants and toddlers in the Los Angeles area.|
|1987||Served our first client, a little girl named Miracle.|
|1988||Opened our Family Services (now Community Services) Division.|
|1994||Expanded our scope of services by providing Male Involvement Initiatives. Our male-specific programs instill values including personal responsibility, self/partner respect, education and prevention awareness to reduce rates of unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases.|
|1994||As a direct result of our commitment to male reproductive and family planning services, the Bienvenidos Community Health Clinic was established with Title X funding.|
|1995||The Bienvenidos Village for Children opened as a therapeutic residential care facility for victimized children, ages newborn to eight years old.|
|2000||Medical Services evolved to provide comprehensive primary health care and services to primarily low-income, uninsured Latinos in the greater Los Angeles Area.|
|2000||Bienvenidos opened our Mental Health division, serving children and young adults, ages 0-21 who present with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties.|
|2005||Due to a philosophical change in how best to care for children in need, The Bienvenidos Village for Children was closed.|
|2008||The Village property is sold.|
|2009||The Bienvenidos Healthy Start Clinic opens on the campus of Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno.|
Currently, Bienvenidos serves more than 19,000 children and families annually. Our unique strength is the ability to provide access to an array of services that address multiple needs through cross collaboration between divisions and programs. This allows us to fulfill our mission of being a compassionate community of care dedicated to healing children and their families by strengthening each family’s ability to make life changes and break down barriers to achieving growth, self development and empowerment.
Not surprisingly, we frequently receive referrals from the County of Los Angeles Departments of Children and Family Services and Mental Health, local school districts and other community agencies who lack either the expertise or capacity to address the multiple needs of families in crisis.
Our staff consists of nearly 200 professionally trained and culturally diverse professionals who deliver programs and services that are community-oriented, culturally responsive and built on promising practices and evidence-based approaches in their respective fields. By building relationships with both families and children, we let clients know someone cares and is invested in their well-being and their future. We then empower families with information and resources and provide a place for them to heal. It is through this environment of trust that our clients feel safe to return to Bienvenidos for help with other issues. In so doing, we are not only able to prepare individuals and families for long-term success, but we are also impacting the greater community.