Sheehan Adopt-a-Family is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Manhattan Beach, CA. Our main goal is to intervene in meaningful ways to help support, mentor and educate children so that they do not become a victim of staggering amount of homelessness in Los Angeles, where over 30,000 people sleep on the streets every night. Specifically, we have adopted sheltered and needy families during the holidays providing them with toys, clothes & food, built a computer lab for the Vista Del Mar Group Home and donated 20 plus computers to Stepping Forward Los Angeles for some of LA’s most at-risk youth. Each Christmas, we provide a new suitcase filled with gifts to each resident at VDM so that when they exit foster care they have a place for their belongings. to This year SAF will be also be traveling to Tanzania to help expand a 3rd computer lab https://jifundishe.org/program/sudler-computer-lab and will provide tutoring and mentoring.
Vista Del Mar/Stepping Forward Partnerships
According to the US News, youths make up the fastest growing homeless age group in LA, with those ages 18-24 up 64% since 2016. This shocking statistic helped us determine a real connection between homelessness and aging out of the foster care system. This led to us reaching out to 100-year-old Vista Del Mar, home to some of LA’s most at-risk youth. In March of 2018 we opened a brand new computer lab and began a computer skills training & mentor ship program for the 46 youth residents.
In addition in 2019, we donated 20 plus computers to Stepping Forward Los Angeles. Each year in Los Angeles alone, there are more than 1,000 foster youth that age out of the system without getting adopted or returning to their biological families. Their incredible programs (ie. finding housing,teaching kids about internships and full time employment, food prep skills, grooming etc) help the young adults get their feet on the ground, set goals connect with resources and people who can support them and to inspire the young adults to take action in their own lives. Both SAF and SF want to encourage the young adults to be self sustainable while also regaining trust in adults, each other and themselves.