SPIRITT’s Strength-Based & Family-Centered Approach
Established in 1972, SPIRITT Family Services provides crisis intervention, life skills and hope for a stable, nurturing and healthy family for families in eastern Los Angeles County. With nearly 8,000 individuals served each year, SPIRITT’s strength-based family-centered approach is designed to increase an individual and family’s protective factors. SPIRITT Family Services staff provides innovated, culturally-sensitive, evidence-based and compassionate solutions to children, youth, adults and families.
SPIRITT Family Services utilizes evidence-based practices to increase the protective factors as a means to help families thrive. For more information on Protective Factors, please click on the Protective Factors Fact Sheet.
We advocate self respect, respect for others, systems and authority. Being respectful to others is an important component of creating positive outcomes and building strong relationships with our families, partners and our communities.
We encourage accountability through personal and social responsibility. This means taking ownership of our attitudes and behavior while also striving to be active, productive and engaged citizens.
We believe that learning to be resourceful will help us meet our needs. By helping to provide internal and external resources, we can promote healthy choices and positive behavior.
We are committed to incorporating skills and exercises that promote and enhance resiliency. The ability to bounce back from adversity is vital to developing a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Our goal is to provide the direction,skills, and support to restore emotional health through the ability to build relationships that result in a full and healthy life. Respect, responsibility, resourcefulness and resiliency provide the foundation for recovery. SPIRITT Family Services integrates these core values into all areas of our organization.
Founded in 1972, SPIRITT Family Services provides human and social services for low-income, underserved residents in eastern Los Angeles County. SPIRITT, which is an acronym for Skills for Prevention, Intervention, Recovery, Individual Treatment and Training, offers education, intervention and empowerment programs in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, child-abuse prevention, domestic and community violence to approximately 8,000 individuals each year. The organization was launched to prevent substance abuse among youth through the WINDOWS Family Communication Program–a family-focused early intervention program for adolescents and their families. Today, WINDOWS is recognized as a Community Defined Evidence for reducing risk factors related to mental health and behavioral problems including oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety and depressive disorders and substance abuse in Latino families. The program’s success prompted the community to turn to SPIRITT to meet other community needs. SPIRITT operates six Family Centers in SPA 3 and 7 of Los Angeles County–including Whittier, La Puente, Glendora, South El Monte and Bell Gardens. SPIRITT partners with several Los Angeles County Departments (DMH, DCFS, DPSS, and PH-SAPC) and First 5 LA to improve the well-being of vulnerable populations.