Las Candelas Donation Helps Launch Glendale Center's Birth to Five Program

Las Candelas, a Glendale, California-based nonprofit organization that has been helping emotionally disturbed children for almost 60 years, recently presented a $10,000 check to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services to help launch a Birth to Five program at its Glendale Center.  The funds will be applied toward a new treatment room, purchase of play therapy tools and other program needs.  When fully launched, the Birth to Five program will provide child development and family support services for approximately 50 to 60 infants and young children up to age five from low-income families living mostly in the Glendale area.

"We are extremely grateful to Las Candelas for this generous donation that will help get our Glendale Center's Birth to Five program off the ground," said Kita Curry, president and chief executive officer of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. "The Birth to Five program is a critical addition and complement to the comprehensive slate of services already offered at our Glendale Center," Dr. Curry added, "because it addresses the needs of children at such a developmentally important stage in their lives.  Our hope is that access to these types of services early in life will put these children on a positive course for their entire lives."

Las Candelas was founded in 1953 when several local women banded together to support a friend with a child at Camarillo State Mental Hospital. Recognizing an ongoing need, the women formed a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing volunteer services to emotionally disturbed children and promoting better understanding of mental health.  In addition to supporting Didi Hirsch's Glendale Center, Las Candelas' 40 members offer services for children at Hathaway-Sycamores, Hillsides Education Center, Glendale Healthy Kids and the Glendale YWCA.  The group raises funds through a bi-annual luncheon and fashion show.