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Believing that “a child cannot grow up twice”, El Nido was founded in 1925 by the National Council of Jewish Women to provide meals and respite care to undernourished and neglected girls in Los Angeles.

Throughout its history, El Nido has been a pioneer. It was the first or a leading local agency, to employ multicultural professionals from its target communities, deliver counseling and parent education in non-traditional settings like schools, inner-city churches, and housing projects, and offer home or school-based group services for pregnant and parenting teens.

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​Today, El Nido continues to build healthy families by providing community-based social services in some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles County, including; Pacoima and surrounding communities, South Los Angeles, Compton, and the Antelope Valley.

Our Mission

Our Mission

Empower families in low-income communities of Los Angeles County to break the cycle of poverty, child abuse, violence, academic failure, and teen pregnancy through outstanding educational, youth development, health, and therapeutic services.

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Our Vision

Healthy families and communities that provide the resources and support for all young people to attain their full potential.


of families receiving treatment for child abuse did not have subsequent incidents of abuse or neglect. (SOURCE: By the Numbers, 2021)


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