The Aviva Center – Where Kids Matter Most

The Aviva Center just celebrated its’ 100th birthday! This center is dedicated to helping give children from 2-21 a chance in life. Known for taking “hard cases”.  They offer a multitude of services, including  safe harbor and housing  to tween and teen girls who have  experienced more in their formative years than most adults have ever known. The Aviva Center provides in a structured environment,  24/7 services to girls who have been abused and neglected.

From their website…

“Residents come to Aviva through the Juvenile Court System or Los Angeles County Department of Family and Children’s Services, having experienced horrific physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse. Many have substance abuse issues; histories of being commercially exploited; or criminal records. Aviva staff is specially trained by the Department of Probation to work with commercially, sexually exploited children to support these teens and help them process and heal from their past experiences.”

This month the members of the Beach Cities Breakfast Club participated in a campaign to help provide the AVIVA CENTER youth by providing wardrobe for their end of the year gala aka “The Prom”.

As a group, BCBC collected more than 40 evening dresses and accessories to match.  We had the opportunity to present them to Melissa Tillman from the AVIVA CENTER and learn about the amazing work this organization conducts to not only help youth at risk, but  also offer “foster care to adoption” services and community based wraparound mental health care.

Learn more about how you can help the AVIVA CENTER here.

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Lynette V. and Debbie D. showing off some of the lovely gowns

 

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DL Sweet photographed with one of over 40 dresses contributed to the AVIVA CENTER from BCBC members

 

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