Friends of Youth partners with House of Hope to provide youth counseling

We are excited to have the volunteer services of Mary Jane Almeda, Youth and Family Therapist, from Friends of Youth working with our youngest residents! Mary Jane believes that her life work is to serve the youth of all different kinds of backgrounds and to help them express themselves through art and creativity. She is originally from Southern California where she was a foster care sister to special needs children for 18 years. She has worked with the youth and families all over California, taught parenting classes in women’s prison and psychology at a community college. She hopes to implement what she has learned from her personal and professional life experiences to her therapeutic work with the youth and mothers at House of Hope!