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Finding Light in Darkness – How Your Gifts Create Holiday Magic

Holiday lights are everywhere. Even in the midst of the construction on the Hillsides campus, cottages have been rimmed with lights peeking through the construction barriers. Holiday pageants are being held, and gifts are being collected from volunteers, sorted to…

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A Legacy of Giving and How You Can Also Give Back

I received some very sad news this weekend that a former board member and longtime donor and supporter died unexpectedly last Friday, Holly Davis. The list of Holly’s support for Hillsides is long, from giving dancing instruction to our residents,…

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Thank you for giving to our children, youth and families

As I have for several years, I head to the Northeast to spend Thanksgiving visiting with family and friends. On the night before I was leaving, I saw a convoy of SUVs make its way onto the campus. Volunteers from…

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How understanding trauma gets to the cause of behaviors

At the recent conference of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, a keynote speaker addressed the impact of trauma on the children and families we serve. She began with a powerful exercise that asked each of us to recall a trauma…

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What courageous leadership looks like

Ritchie Geisel stepped down as the CEO and President of Bienvenidos on Monday, Aug. 1. This represents one more milestone in the integration of Bienvenidos and Hillsides as I now assume those responsibilities for both organizations. At 71, a full…

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