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 15,000 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.
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 15,000 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 four Family Centers in SPA 3 and 7 of Los Angeles County–including Whittier, Pomona, South El Monte, and Bell Gardens. SPIRITT partners with several Los Angeles County Departments (DMH, DCFS, DPSS, and DPH-SAPC) to improve the well-being of vulnerable populations.