Kristie (right) with Job Training Program participant

Kristie Luna – MEND’s Work Readiness VISTA

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Kristie Luna graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics and has been volunteering and working in public service since she was 18. An internship with the … Continue reading


The path to self-reliance

A young mother with a child to support, Christina Arthur was having a tough time making ends meet. The economy may be improving but jobs are still hard to find. The Panorama City native came to MEND for help and … Continue reading


Lynda Winters – Volunteer of the Month

“The Grow Together Program connects MEND clients with one another and helps to develop skills and self-sufficiency” says Lynda Winter, this month’s Volunteer of the Month. For the past eight months, Lynda has volunteered with MEND’s Grow Together Program focusing … Continue reading


Make A Very MEND Christmas

Make a Very MEND Christmas for approximately 1400 families in the northeast San Fernando Valley! You, your family, your business or organization can make a difference this holiday season by participating in our adoption program, hosting a food, blanket or … Continue reading


Opportunity of a Lifetime

“I love playing the flute. It’s my favorite instrument” says eight year old Ingrid Torres. She is among 70 kids who have taken advantage of MEND’s Summer Youth Program.  Two years ago, Ingrid’s grandmother and current legal guardian, Audelia Hernandez, … Continue reading