Christmas in July: Friends of Foster Children Give Trinity El Monte Youth the Gift of Summer Fun!

Trinity Youth Services El Monte
Trinity Youth Services El Monte

Trinity Youth Services El Monte

Providing hope, happiness and security to a youth in crisis is our top priority at Trinity Youth Services. We are committed to providing our youth with experiences and activities to help them feel valued, become well-rounded and teach them important life skills so that they may grow into successful adults. One of the reasons we are able to accomplish our goals is through the help of generous donors who share our vision and are committed to helping us change lives.

We are thrilled and deeply honored by the continuous support we receive from Friends of Foster Children (FOFC). Due to their steady contributions, our El Monte youth were able to attend an exciting Dodger’s game, keep cool at Raging Waters, experience horseback riding, learn how to fish, and have their campus Christmas wishes fulfilled to supply their campus with activities like an additional gaming console, more controlers and new games for their game room.

Youth who achieved academic success or excellent attendance records were invited to visit Universal Studios for a day of fun, laughter and adventure!

Some of the youth attended one of the world’s most popular, off-Broadway shows called “Stomp” at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. “Stomp” is considered a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

“I want the boys to experience that there is more to life through these experiences,” said campus activities director, Cathleen Duran. “They’re not exposed to a whole lot at home—they aren’t often given the opportunity.”

Trinity Youth Services would like to thank Friends of Foster Children for their generous contribution and their unwavering commitment to helping our youth thrive and live successful lives.

“They have continuously provided for the youth on a regular basis so they can have activities,” Cathleen said. “We have been pretty blessed from them in so many ways. They really contribute to this campus. They’ve been giving since before I’ve been here and I’ve been here for 25 years!”

Cathleen continued, “Sometimes I hear from the youth after they complete the program and they they remember these enrichment experiences. That’s what gives me joy. Friends of Foster Children makes it possible.”

Having unwavering support from the FOFC has given our youth new opportunities to experience life outside of their circumstances, connect with their peers and learn effective coping skills that will help increase their social skills and self-confidence. With heartfelt gratitude, we wish to thank the FOFC for their role in helping our youth live happier lives and empowering our next generation of adults.


florence-1Florence EdwardsFoster Care Marketing Specialist
Florence has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Florence obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Florence’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Florence continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California. Email: fedwards@trinityys.org | Phone: 888.346-9645

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