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Celebrating Mama Lucy for her 35-year devotion to serving children

Editor’s Note: Read about Mama Lucy’s incredible 35 years of service to children and watch a video of this amazing woman who is profiled today in the Los Angeles Times by columnist Steve Lopez.  Inevitably when I meet former residents,…

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What it Takes to Beat a Dysfunctional Family, Foster Care, Homelessness, and Poverty

By  Michael Gallardo, Youth Moving On intern Some people never make it. My father never made it: neither did my mom. I have seven sisters and five brothers and know the foster care system like the days of the week….

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Written statement in response to an article in San Jose Mercury News

The trauma that children and youth in foster care experience is a serious issue which deserves not only our attention but our concerted action to eliminate it. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News (SJMN) suggests that Hillsides…

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Why Relationships Matter

When former residents come to campus to visit, typically the first thing they ask is something like, “Is Melvyn still here?” “Can I see Momma Lucy?” or “How is Jo Jo doing? Can I say hi?” Melvyn Washington, Lucy “Momma…

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Six Steps to a Healthy Relationship

By Alison Bell With Valentine’s Day around the corner, romance is on all of our minds, which can lead to the question, how do you create healthy relationships?  This is a question that comes up often in Hillsides work with…

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