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Meet Vilay Ortega, a regional manager from our early intervention program

Wayfinder’s early intervention program provides home visits to children with vision loss or multiple disabilities. During the current COVID-19 crisis, specialists are providing virtual visits statewide via the web or through phone calls. How do you bring Wayfinder Family Services’ mission to life? You don’t work only with the child in early intervention. It is…

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Q&A with Miki Jordan – Wayfinder Family Services President & CEO

Miki Jordan joined Wayfinder Family Services in 2006. Below, she answers questions about the organization’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. How has Wayfinder responded to the COVID-19 crisis? The health and safety of our clients and staff is our top priority always. We began monitoring the situation in January and took proactive steps before Los Angeles…

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Thomas Needs Us Now, More Than Ever

Our hearts go out to you and all members of the Wayfinder family in these challenging times. We hope you are faring well. The COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone, but especially for our most vulnerable clients. Ten-year-old Thomas has nowhere else to go. Born with intellectual disabilities, he lives in a Wayfinder group home…

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Brent Williams is a Wayfinder

Meet our newest board chair, Elworth (Brent) Williams, Jr.,  City National Bank’s senior vice president and regional manager. How do you bring Wayfinder Family Services’ mission to life? I have served on the Board of Wayfinder for several years, and this year I became the board chair. I now get to work more closely with the…

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From the Archives

The Year: 1958 The People: Actress and musician, Jayne Mansfield and children from Foundation for the Junior Blind (now Wayfinder Family Services). The Moment: Jayne Mansfield greets guests at a holiday party for children with visual impairments.

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Wayfinder is Home for the Holidays

Did you know? Many of the children in our residential programs call Wayfinder home during the holiday season. Thanks to your support, our young residents can enjoy these special Wayfinder moments: A Gift from Santa Just two days before Christmas, 5-year-old Sharon was removed from her home due to extreme neglect and placed in The…

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Paying it Forward to a New Generation

“I had wonderful teachers who knew I was going to be successful,” says Caitlin Hernandez, graduate of Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation early intervention program and teacher of children with disabilities. “I want to pay this forward.” Caitlin, now age 29, was born blind. “I have light perception but no functional vision,” she explains. When Caitlin…

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Elizabeth’s Path to Independence

“Before Elizabeth was born, I had never met a blind person,” says Gina, Elizabeth’s mother. Back then, Gina and her husband, Greg, wondered, How should we play with Elizabeth? Should we limit her activities? What will her life be like when she grows up? Wayfinder was there with the answers. When Elizabeth was 6 weeks…

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