Beverly Hills Courier: El Nido Family Centers Celebrate At Robinson Gardens

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El Nido Family Centers Celebrate 90 Years of Saving Lives At Robinson Gardens
By Laura Colema


There are times when the kindness of strangers can mean the difference between a life of hope and a life of poverty.

Since 1925, El Nido Family Centers has been helping out the Los Angeles community and on Saturday, Sept/ 19, El Nido will celebrate its 90 years of service with a very special gala at Robinson Gardens.

Founded by the National Council of Jewish Women in 1925 as a health camp in Laurel Canyon for young Jewish girls of immigrant parents who worked in downtown L.A. factories, El Nido’s past is closely tied with Beverly Hills’ history.

The first president was Cybil Hartfield, who lived in the Whittier mansion on Sunset Boulevard, and it was the Hartfield home that served as the hub of activities for El Nido, including the agency’s charter membership in the Community Chest which later became the United Way.

El Nido at the time was part of the National Council of Jewish Women and many of the women who served on the board of directors were Beverly Hills residents as were two of its executive directors.

In 1978 when El Nido became a separate entity, former first lady of Beverly Hills Rose Norton became the first president of the newly create El Ndio Family Centers.

Today, El Nido provides critical services to over 10,000 children, youth and family members each year in some of L.A. County’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

“El Nido is proud to have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals on their journeys sinze 1925,” said Liz Herrera, El Nido executive director, who got her start with El Nido 32 years ago as a UCLA intern. “El Nido Family Centers has established itself as a beacon in Los Angeles, inextricably linked to the fabric of our city.”