Other UFC Events
Holiday parties, youth retreats, film premieres and more.
UFC benefits from movie premieres, boutique shopping events, and a variety of other occasions by partnering with companies committed to giving back.
Events for our youth held throughout the year are essential to UFC’s philosophy of working with foster youth to develop familial and communal bonds among each other, UFC staff, and our community as a whole.
250 youth, alumni, board members, and staff gathered at McCormick & Schmick's for a heartfelt evening of fun, food, friends and family togetherness. Dinner included a turkey carving station, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, chicken pot pies and seasonal veggies, as well as a spread of various desserts. Youth enjoyed the karaoke room and raffle for two iPads and children participated in arts and crafts. Youth, alumni and their children were all provided with various gifts including gift cards and "The Dark Knight Rises" dvd's. The most important part of the evening is the feeling of family and unity our program youth experience during the holidays but also throughout the year.
College Readiness staff members and program youth gathered with their families at Rosa Mexicana for some delicious Mexican food, honors, awards and laughs at their annual holiday party. Congrats to all of the students for a great semester!
On Saturday, March 24 volunteers, board and community members gathered at Pathways in Whittier to plant for spring. Working with our Pathways residents, volunteers dug, cleared and planted blueberries, cucumbers and squash, as well as flowers and low-maintenance shrubs. The day included garden crafts, tours, and a delicious Greek-themed BBQ lunch prepared by celebrity chefs Jewels and Jill Elmore and our youth. Thanks to everyone who participated in this great day!
UFC staff, board members and youth, project partners, community residents and new tenants came together to celebrate the grand opening of The Palace, UFC's newest housing site in Long Beach. Guests enjoyed touring the property, meeting new residents and some of our Pathways alumni. The facility is comprised of thirteen studio apartments for former foster youth in UFC's Pathways Transitional Living Program, as well as a manager's unit, common areas, offices for program services, and retail space. The renovation of the historic Palace Hotel in Long Beach was made possible through a public/private partnership between United Friends of the Children, LINC Housing, The Long Beach Housing Development Company, and the City of Long Beach.
We appreciate all of the well wishes from people across the country interested in helping to support foster youth. You can make a difference right now by donating $10 to UFC from your mobile phone - text the message GIVE UFC to 80088 to help foster youth this holiday season.
Pathways youth, staff and volunteers joined forces with REI and the LA Conservation Corps to help clean up Kenneth Hahn Park for this year’s Big Sunday community service day on May 15. The group had a great time together enjoying some fresh air as they cleared up invasive grass and planted rescued oaks.
Brass Ring honoree Phil Kent headed out to UFC's Pathways Transitional Housing site in Whittier to learn about the program and tour the facility. In April, Mr. Kent and Bruce Rosenblum, President of Warner Bros. Television Group, met with UFC President Polly Williams, Board Chair Wendy Meyer, Housing Director Roshe Malakuti and some of the Pathways program youth. He learned about the challenges they have faced and how Pathways has helped them overcome many obstacles in their lives.
In the News
New housing for foster children aging out of system to open in South Whittier
Whittier Daily News - February 23, 2013
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation $1million grant
The grant awarded will provide support for UFC's College Readiness Program to help foster youth graduate from high school eligible to attend four-year colleges.
Accomplishment and Frustration Paint the New Palace
Long Beach Post - February 24, 2012
Turning it all around at Long Beach's Palace Hotel
Long Beach Press Telegram - February 22, 2012
Photos: Grand Opening of The Palace
Long Beach Press Telegram - February 22, 2012
Palace Hotel Finishes Youth Housing Conversion
Long Beach Gazette - February 22, 2012
Foster Youth Transition Ready To Open At Palace
Long Beach Gazette - August 10, 2011
Pathways Used as Model for Burbank Project
The Burbank Leader - September 1, 2010
Pathways Garden: A Fruitful Update
Los Angeles Times Magazine - June 29, 2010