LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today was the official opening for the new Hope Street Margolis Family Center in downtown Los Angeles. Since 1992, the Hope Street Family Center has been transforming lives by providing holistic programming for vulnerable children and families in underserved downtown communities. With a growth in families requiring services, California Hospital kicked off a $15.7 million capital campaign and the new Hope Street Margolis Family Center became a reality.
“We’re thrilled that the new Center is officially opened with expanded services for our ever-increasing number of children and families,” said Richard Oxford, Hope Street Committee Chair. “I must thank California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, the Hope Street Committee and our public and private donors for their generous contributions,” he concluded.
Hope Street Family Center is an extension of the California Hospital Medical Center now offering early childhood development, parenting classes, tutoring, literacy and nutrition classes, mental health counseling, after school education and recreation to local families.
The new building, located at Hope Street and Venice Boulevard, will house Hope Street’s existing services, as well as expanded community wellness activities in a new fitness studio and sports court. A community park provides space for supervised play for families with toddlers. The facility also has a kitchen for nutritional cooking classes, a computer lab, and a media center and library.
Dr. Janet Bonilla Medina, a former client, also attended the event. “I came to the center at age 14 needing language support. I am now a medical doctor and credit much of my success to the Hope Street Family Center,” she said.
To date California Hospital Medical Center Foundation has raised $15.3 million. Major donors include the Margolis Family Foundation, Steve and Cathy Needleman, Richard and Betty Oxford, and Mark and Eloise Appel. Other support was generously granted by the Weingart Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, W. M. Keck Foundation, and The Ahmanson Foundation. Public dollars were committed by Proposition 40: State Urban Parks Act Grant, Proposition 1C Infill Infrastructure, LA County’s First 5 LA, and City of Los Angeles Proposition K LA4Kids and Community Redevelopment Agency, and AEG Community Benefits. It is anticipated the remaining funds will be raised by year end.