Two Los Angeles Child Welfare Agencies Announce Intent to Merge

first_img More Cool Stuff Subscribe Left to right: Ritchie L. Geisel, Bienvenidos president and CEO, and Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides CEO.On April 14, the boards of directors of Hillsides and Bienvenidos signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Term Sheet stating their intent to merge. Several developments over the past four years have prompted these two leading child welfare agencies in Southern California to explore an affiliation with one another, consolidate missions to leverage their success, and increase their collective impact.Hillsides provides high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where children and youth can thrive. Headquartered in Pasadena, the agency serves more than 6,240 children and families in Los Angeles County throughout its 26 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park Unified School Districts.Bienvenidos is a compassionate community of care dedicated to healing children, strengthening families, and transforming communities. Serving 7,000 children and families annually, the agency operates its programs out of nine locations in East Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley. This includes licensed foster homes that serve Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.The developments driving this merger are the Continuum of Care Reform legislation (AB 403), the Affordable Care Act, the integration of Los Angeles County’s health and behavioral health services, and the creation of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative by Los Angeles area foundations to encourage increased collaboration.In particular, AB 403, which took effect in January, 2016 calls for a spectrum of services to accelerate the path to permanency for children in foster care, whether through successful reunification or, when appropriate, adoption.“Access to a comprehensive array of services requires greater levels of collaboration among children’s service providers,” says Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides CEO. “To enhance our service delivery system and respond to these external factors, the leadership of Hillsides and Bienvenidos began discussions last fall to look for ways to achieve cost-effective synergy, and this led to the intent to merge.”Both Hillsides and Bienvenidos will retain their individual names with Bienvenidos becoming an affiliate of Hillsides.According to Bienvenidos President and CEO Ritchie L. Geisel, the agencies’ combined resources and workforce of 600 will increase their impact in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Together, the enhanced services will empower children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma to create lasting changes in their lives. “Our clients’ resilience and resolve to improve their lives inspire us every day to further our collective mission,” Geisel says.The leadership of both agencies recognizes their similar missions and complementary programs are well suited for a merger. Combined with the additional programs each brings to the table, this merger helps them align with current legislation, public policy, and best practice models.“Together we will be able to fulfill our shared vision and provide leadership during this paradigm shift in child welfare,” said Costa, adding that their common set of values will enable them to continue serving the needs of more than 13,000 children, youth, and families, collectively. 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Why Unai Emery has decided to sign Denis Suarez and where will he fit in at Arsenal

first_img Comment Unai Emery will be hoping that Suarez can provide a boost in the second half of the season (Getty Images)It is also an important move for the player. Suarez has long been talked-up as an exceptional young player but having recently turned 25, he is still yet to showcase his ability on a consistent basis, which part explains his one solitary cap for Spain.Following impressive campaigns with Sevilla and Villarreal and a promising debut season at Barcelona under Luis Enrique, Suarez’s career has stalled over the past 18-months with Valverde selecting him as a starter just four times in La Liga.Having earned moves to Manchester City and Barcelona and been a part of Spain’s victorious U19 European Championship winning team in 2012, Suarez is undoubtedly a gifted footballer. Now is the time for him to kick on and prove that on a consistent basis.With Arsenal also in a state of evolution, it is a move that could suit both parties down to the ground.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Advertisement Denis Suarez (bottom row, second from right) worked with Unai Emery at Sevilla (Getty Images)Suarez’s move to Arsenal represents the second time in his career that he has swapped his homeland for England having previously spent time with Manchester City between 2011-13.That two-year stint in the North West as a teenager probably wasn’t the happiest period of Suarez’s career as he made only two substitute appearances in the League Cup for the club under Roberto Mancini.There are parallels to be drawn with Suarez’s experience to that of Brahim Diaz, who also returned to Spain as a 19-year-old after struggling to break into the first-team picture at City, bar the odd cup cameo.In a 2016 interview with the Guardian, Suarez claimed he failed to make the grade as more physical midfield players were preferred, saying: ‘I couldn’t understand it. There’s a guy two metres tall playing in my position because he’s stronger.’Unlike Diaz who signed for Real Madrid this month, Suarez was snapped up by the other of Spain’s ‘big two’ joining Barcelona in 2013 for an undisclosed fee and he was immediately registered for the club’s B team. Denis Suarez had a similar start to his professional career as that of Brahim Diaz (Getty Images)Following an impressive 2013-14 campaign in the Segunda Division in which he scored seven goals from midfield, Suarez was sent on loan to Sevilla for the 2014-15 season which is where he linked up with Emery.Suarez played 31 times in La Liga that season – 15 times as a starter – scoring four goals and providing two assists. He was also involved in the club’s Europa League success, although was an unused substitute in the final win over Ukrainian side Dnipro.A permanent move to Villlarreal that summer followed and once again Suarez clocked up over 30 appearances in La Liga in 2015-16 paving the way for a return to Barcelona for just €3.5 million in 2016.After moving back to Barcelona, Suarez won La Liga and two Copa Del Rey medals, but only started 16 of a possible 97 La Liga games for the club over the past two and a half years.Where does he play?Similar to other Spanish midfielders of his generation such as Isco, Koke and Saul, Suarez is positionally versatile and tactically adaptable, able to perform well in a variety of roles in a variety of systems.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery tended to use him out wide during his season-long stint in Andalusia as he mentioned after Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Blackpool: ‘He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me,’ Emery said.Ernesto Valverde has also utilised Suarez on the flanks in his favoured 4-4-2 system and with Arsenal lacking options out wide, that could be the role in which Suarez starts his career with the club. Emery has admitted his desire to see a wide midfield player join this month. Why Unai Emery has decided to sign Denis Suarez and where will he fit in at Arsenal Denis Suarez is close to a move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has completed his first signing of the January transfer window with Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez joining Arsenal on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.The 25-year-old playmaker has found first-team football difficult to come by at the Nou Camp, featuring for a grand total of 17 minutes in La Liga this season and will be looking for greater opportunities in north London.Arsenal have been blessed with technically gifted Spanish playmakers in recent years with Cesc Fabregas, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla all excelling in north London.Suarez will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots but what qualities will he offer the Gunners and where could he fit into Emery’s plans?AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhat’s his background? Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 30 Jan 2019 5:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link676Shares Suarez was inspired by Andres Iniesta at Barcelona (Getty Images)It will be interesting to see, though, whether Suarez follows Cazorla’s path by gravitating infield into a deep-lying playmaker role from a position on the flank. Cazorla was regarded as a winger during his first spell with Villarreal and early days with the Spanish national team.Read More: Three ways Arsenal could line-up with Unai Emery’s January transfer target Denis SuarezSuarez seems to favour playing centrally himself, stating upon his return to Barcelona in 2016 that he wished to emulate Andres Iniesta, saying: ‘I’ve always watched Iniesta, who is an example to young people. His behaviour is exquisite.‘He wasn’t an undisputed starter but he’s gained that. He’s one of my idols and I can train with him, in his best position.’That Suarez was handed Xavi’s no.6 shirt at Camp Nou, also suggests that he was being primed to play in a central midfield position long-term when the club activated their option to re-sign him from Villarreal.Which player could he replace?Despite Emery insisting that signing a central defender and wide player this month were his priorities, it is unsurprising that the Gunners have made a move for a technically gifted attacking midfielder given speculation regarding Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil’s futures.AdvertisementRamsey will almost certainly leave Arsenal, either this month or in the summer, with his contract set to expire and an extension offer from the club withdrawn in September, while Ozil appears to have work to do to convince Emery of his worth.Suarez isn’t a like-for-like replacement for either in terms of his skill-set. The one-cap Spanish international thrives in tight spaces thank to his excellent close control and burst of acceleration and as you’d expect for someone schooled in the Barcelona way, uses the ball extremely efficiently. Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been in and out of the Arsenal team under Unai Emery (Getty Images)While Ramsey is more of a box-to-box player and Ozil an out-and-out No.10, Suarez is most adept as a deep-lying playmaker who helps to set the tempo of attacking moves and who operates in the half-spaces higher up the pitch.As he gets up to speed with the pace and physicality of the Premier League, Suarez could find himself predominantly used as an inverted winger off the left wing – a position that has generally been occupied by Alex Iwobi this season.However, long-term it is likely that Suarez will be deployed as a third central midfielder with license to cover wide areas and drift into advanced positions up the pitch or else as a mobile attacking midfielder at the centre of Emery’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.Is he a good fit?On the face of it, the deal looks risk-free from Arsenal’s perspective. Acquiring a technically gifted midfield player with his best years ahead of him, represents a gamble a worth taking for Emery and the club, especially as there isn’t a compulsory purchase option in the loan agreement.AdvertisementSuarez’s technical qualities and versatility should stand him in good stead under Emery while he also possesses good physical attributes – notably speed and dynamism – to thrive in the Premier League.Having spent part of his formative years with a Premier League club, Suarez also has experience, albeit limited, of the English game which could aid his adaptation and enable him to settle down quicker than other players might.last_img read more

Timothy J. Harmon, 64

first_imgTimothy J. Harmon, (Harmy) 64, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Son to Thomas and Olive Harmon who preceded him in death, Tim was a lifelong resident of Greensburg, Indiana. Loving husband to Janet Harmon, and beloved stepfather to Ryan (Anita) Lawrence of Greensburg, IN, Hillary (Matthew) Ebejer of Huntington Beach, CA, and Kellen (Katie) Lawrence of Indianapolis, IN. Tim was a lifelong member of the Greensburg Country Club and maintained a vast and enjoyable group of friends that he loved just like family. Tim had an innate sense of humor and a distinguishable laugh that was easily picked out in a crowded room. A proud graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Education, Tim’s careers spanned from teaching, to bread delivery, and finally as an employee of Steel Technologies in Greensburg. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Tim was lovingly called PawPaw Smokey by his beautiful grandsons Miles, Luka, and Kenai Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Olive Harmon; father-in-law Marvin Stoner, all of Greensburg; his uncle Dick Harmon (Pennsylvania). Along with his wife and stepchildren, survivors include his mother-in-law Rose Stoner, brother-in-law Jim Stoner, both of Greensburg, IN, sister-in-law Joyce (Dave) Thurman of Indianapolis, and countless dearly beloved friends and family of various places around the state. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Greensburg Country Club. A rosary for family and friends will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg followed by visitation until 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday from 10 until the funeral mass at 11:00 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Stage set for second GMRSC drag race today

first_imgTHE stage is set for the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s drag race meet. During yesterday’s final practice, several competitors braved the inclement morning weather to have final practice before today’s event.Some fans also came out to get a glimpse of the Team Mohameds/Magnus GTR, who managed just one pull due to a cold track.Much like the GTRs, the higher powered vehicles were unable to put down their full potential.Still GMR&SC president Rameez Mohamed contended that there will be a show for fans tomorrow.“Today (yesterday) we had some bad weather but we checked and we expect a fantastic day of racing tomorrow (today).”“We have more than 50 registered competitors so far and guys were still registering their cars. We expect to start with about 70 tomorrow.”Admission to today’s event stands at $500 for children and $1 000 for adults with action beginning at 10:00hrs.Other sponsors are Platinum Car Show, Supreme Bets, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Del Ice Co., Mohamed’s Enterprise, B.M. SOAT Auto Sales, Prem’s Electrical, E-Networks, Motor Trend, Nexus Machine Shop, Power Line, WindJammer Hotel, Cyril’s Taxi, A&R Jiwanram Printery, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Special Auto, First Class Auto Spares and Sales, GT Tuners, Tropical Shipping and Jumbo Jet Auto Sales  West Coast Customs Washbay and Imran Autoworks.last_img read more