An Early Pioneer in Community Empowerment Continues to Break the Cycle of Poverty

Forty years ago, Liz Herrera was studying to become a social worker at UCLA. Herrera told her field advisor that […more…]

El Nido Family Centers

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(818) 830-3646
Director of Development: Carter Calhoun


Empower families in low-income communities of Los Angeles County to break the cycle of poverty, child abuse, violence, academic failure, and teen pregnancy through outstanding educational, youth development, health and therapeutic services.

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I was convinced I’d die an early violent death on the streets or spend the rest of my life behind bars. It could have ended with a tragic outcome for me if El Nido hadn’t been around… I always felt supported by El Nido starting at 15 and now as an adult. They’ve given me so much, starting with counseling. I want to see them continue to grow, just like they have helped me to grow. El Nido provided me with crucial scholarships that helped me complete my undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz and now pursue my Ph. D. in History. When I got the first scholarship, it was such a morale booster. El Nido gave me a chance. They believed in me.

Carlos Cruz
Former El Nido Family Centers Client

Change the Trajector: Give Young Adults the Opportunity to Excel

For 97 years, El Nido Family Centers’ programs and services have evolved to meet new challenges faced by Los Angeles’ most vulnerable residents.

“Getting to where I am today wasn’t easy. But I was able to do it with the guidance, encouragement, financial support, and friendship from El Nido,” says first generation University of California at Berkeley college student and former El Nido client, Alexandro Garcia. 

Your donations can help vulnerable youth thrive. With just $2,500, your gift goes towards holistic support, including mentorship, tutoring, mental health services, and scholarship funds, for a young adult preparing to enter college. 

We hope to provide 50 youth with this comprehensive support this year.

Key Supporters

Albertsons Companies Foundation
Bainum Family Foundation
Bank of America
California Community Foundation
California State University
Capital One
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
De Miranda Foundation
Eisner Foundation
Guess Foundation
Harold Edelstein Foundation
In-N-Out Burger Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
Kyncl Family Foundation
Max Factor Family Foundation
Michael J. Connell Foundation
Mrs. Rose Norton
Pacific Western Bank
Providence Medical Center
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation
The Rose Hills Foundation
The Simms/Mann Institute
and Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation