News & Announcements

Justice and Equity Statement

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The past days and weeks have, once again, underscored the tremendous injustices in our society. We join with our employees, our clients, our friends, and our neighbors in voicing our pain and deep frustration with the longstanding systems that oppress and devalue Black lives.

The Village Family Services is deeply committed to righting the wrongs of inequality and injustice. Twenty years ago, we founded our organization because we were witnessing first-hand the disastrous effects of institutional prejudice and the disparities of social service systems in the treatment of communities of color and LGBTQ people. At that moment, we were compelled to act on our belief that all people are created equal, and that living a healthy and productive life is a right for everyone, not a privilege for the few.

We stand with the Black community and with all victims of racism and trauma, and we are dedicated to helping to build a nation in which all people are treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

In doing so, we will continue investing our time, energy and resources to support communities that have been historically marginalized. And we will increase our efforts to fight for the systemic changes that are so urgently needed.

We whole-heartedly believe that our collective efforts can and will make a difference.

Thank you for joining in this important work.

thevillage-signature-hugo Hugo Villa, LMFT
CEO & Co-Founder thevillage-signature-irma Irma Seilicovich, LMFT
COO & Co-Founder

Women’s Wellbeing Index

When women thrive, their families and communities prosper. Yet despite decades of progress, women still face persistent disparities on a range of issues, from economic security to health to participation in political leadership. By viewing women’s well-being as encompassing various distinct yet interrelated components, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and community members can begin to craft policy solutions that help make California a place where all women and their families can thrive.

20th Anniversary: Annual Report 2018-19

Twenty Years Strong

This is a special time for The Village Family Services as we look back and celebrate two decades of success helping vulnerable children, youth and families in our community.

It’s been an extraordinary journey and we are grateful to pause for a moment to celebrate all that has been accomplished, and to consider all that remains to be done.

The Village was established to meet an urgent need. As social workers in 1990s Los Angeles, we were seeing a critical shortage of bilingual, bicultural social services for Latinx children and families, particularly in the region’s San Fernando Valley.

We founded The Village to fill the gap in services for the Valley’s most vulnerable and underserved residents. Through the years, we’ve advanced and expanded our operations to include a full spectrum of trauma-informed programs and services, including vital support for homeless youth and those who identify as LGBTQ.

Today, we are a leader in the field, welcoming clients at three separate locations that offer a total of 25,000 square feet of program space. On the following pages, you’ll learn more about us, and will meet several clients who, with help from The Village, have acquired the knowledge and skills they need to reclaim their lives and thrive.

We know that our work has been made possible by the incredible generosity and support of our board, donors, community partners and amazing dedicated staff.

Thank you, and here’s to the next 20 years!

With hope and inspiration,

thevillage-signature-hugo Hugo C. Villa, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer thevillage-signature-irma Irma Seilicovich, LMFT
Chief Operating Officer

Annual Report 2017-18

Message from Our Co-Founders

When Irma and I founded The Village Family Services, our hope was to not only combine expertise with compassion, but to create services for those who need it most, holding fast to our ideals of fostering hope, transforming lives, and securing futures.

Our work in the San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valleys and the Greater Los Angeles communities on behalf of the most at risk among us – the children, youth, and families – is more vital than ever these days.

You might wonder, how does The Village continue to be relevant in today’s challenging environment? The answer is in our people – employees, donors, supporters, and volunteers – who are deeply committed to continuing in our efforts to assist those we serve with an emphasis on a client-centered, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based model of care.

As we look ahead, our core goals remain steadfast: meeting the needs of our underserved children, youth, adults, and families; continuing in our efforts to innovate and grow to take on the challenges brought on by the epidemic of homelessness; and providing hope and healing to the most fragile members of our community with exceptional care.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating all that we have accomplished, and look ahead with us towards all that can yet be achieved, together.

thevillage-signature-hugo Hugo C. Villa, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer thevillage-signature-irma Irma Seilicovich, LMFT
Chief Operating Officer

Annual Report 2016-17

Twenty Years Strong

This is a special time for The Village Family Services as we look back and celebrate two decades of success helping vulnerable children, youth and
families in our community.

It’s been an extraordinary journey and we are grateful to pause for a moment to celebrate all that has been accomplished, and to consider all that remains to be done.

The Village was established to meet an urgent need. As social workers in 1990s Los Angeles, we were seeing a critical shortage of bilingual, bicultural social services for Latinx children and families, particularly in the region’s San Fernando Valley.

We founded The Village to fill the gap in services for the Valley’s most vulnerable and underserved residents. Through the years, we’ve advanced and expanded our operations to include a full spectrum of trauma-informed programs and services, including vital support for homeless youth and those who identify as LGBTQ.

Today, we are a leader in the field, welcoming clients at three separate locations that offer a total of 25,000 square feet of program space. On the following pages, you’ll learn more about us, and will meet several clients who, with help from The Village, have acquired the knowledge and skills they need to reclaim their lives and thrive.

We know that our work has been made possible by the incredible generosity and support of our board, donors, community partners and amazing dedicated staff.

Thank you, and here’s to the next 20 years!

With hope and inspiration,

thevillage-signature-hugo Hugo C. Villa, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer thevillage-signature-irma Irma Seilicovich, LMFT
Chief Operating Officer

Annual Report 2015-16

Message from Our Co-Founders

Mission statements are usually well intentioned, but often not the most inspiring description of an organization’s purpose, values, etc. At The Village Family Services, we like to add the phrase “Fostering Hope, Transforming Lives, Securing Futures” to actively convey our commitment to the children, youth and families we serve. Those words are particularly meaningful given our CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation in 2015. As an international accreditor of health and human services, CARF’s seal of approval ensures that our services meet internationally recognized standards and effectively address the needs of our client families. CARF is a daily reminder of the importance and value of our mission.

thevillage-signature-hugo Hugo C. Villa, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer thevillage-signature-irma Irma Seilicovich, LMFT
Chief Operating Officer