A Message from the CEO Regarding COVID-19

Trinity Youth Services cares for children 24/7/365. As such, we are paying close attention to the fluid situation surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and taking steps to be as agile and proactive as possible. The safety of children and staff is our highest priority and every precaution is being taken. I have reached out to our vendors to ensure supplies and food deliveries will occur on schedule and that essential resources are prioritized to our youth.

We are facing unique challenges as direct service providers for the most vulnerable of children—foster youth placed in the homes of resource families or living on Short Term Residential Program (STRTP) campuses. School closures and the subsequent lack of immediate childcare and eldercare options for resource families who work and for residential staff who have young children or adult relatives they care for at home, have created an increased burden on those who need to work but cannot and those who can work and are covering additional shifts.

We are committed to providing uninterrupted programs and services. At this time, we are asking for your support to assist us with the unexpected operating expenses we are incurring. If you are able to help with a contribution of any size, it would be greatly appreciated. Donations may be mailed to PO Box 1210, Claremont, CA 91711 or made immediately by accessing the Children’s Foundation of America website at www.childrensfoundationofamerica.org. Please designate “Trinity Youth Services (unrestricted)” where prompted.

Thank you for remembering the children in the midst of this unprecedented, global concern. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will not be forgotten.

Cher Ofstedahl
Chief Executive Officer

Trinity Youth Services is proud to announce Cher Ofstedahl as its new Chief Executive Officer, the first woman to ever hold the position at the agency since its inception in 1966. An accomplished music industry veteran, professional actress and celebrated comedienne, Cher has been instrumental in creating high-impact programs and services that empower children and families for 22 years.

Cher became a passionate advocate for children and decided to help children break the cycle of abuse after experiencing a traumatic childhood herself. The neglect and abuse she experienced gave her a compassionate heart towards children in crisis, and ultimately paved the way for the tremendous impact she continues to make within the agency. Cher has held several different positions at Trinity Youth Services including marketing, human resources and executive management.

An inspiring, award-winning change agent at Trinity and within her community, Cher holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University and post-graduate certifications from Cornell University and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She also possesses a master’s degree in ethical leadership from Claremont Lincoln University, and is a member of the first graduating cohort in a National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) nonprofit executive leadership program.

Deeply committed to helping children and families improve their quality of life, Cher serves on the board of directors at the dA Center for the Arts, is on the membership committee for the California Alliance for Children and Families, is past chair of the Inland Empire Alliance for Children and Families and director of the Children’s Foundation of America. Her many accolades include being a recipient of Senator Anthony Portantino’s Women in Business award in 2019.

Driven by Trinity’s mission to create a better future for children and families, Cher is poised to maintain the integrity of the agency and is determined to find loving homes for children in crisis throughout Southern California.

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