New MEND CEO Janet Marinaccio

MEND Welcomes a new CEO

On behalf of the MEND Board of Directors, we are very excited to introduce Janet Marinaccio, our new President and CEO. Janet is the ideal person to lead MEND as we build upon decades of success providing San Fernando Valley families … Continue reading


MEND Meets Guide Dogs of America

For their latest video, the Greatest MEND Podcast team interview Guide Dogs of America (GDA) trainer Lexie Drefuss, along with her dog-in-training, Venti. In an event hosted at MEND’s Youth Services center, Lexie explained how guide dogs are trained and … Continue reading

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Teaching ESL is second nature to this MEND volunteer

One student had a novel motivation to learn English. Her future daughter-in-law didn’t speak Spanish, and she wanted to make sure she could talk with her. “There’s all kinds of reasons people give for taking the class,” says Daniel Jordan, … Continue reading

David Kitchen

New skills for a better job

Losing a job can be a frightening, confusing experience. But MEND’s classes, taught by volunteer teachers, can provide out-of-work adults with skills to help qualify them for good jobs, giving them a positive new direction. David Kitchen, 55, found himself … Continue reading

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“I feel MEND opened the door to my future”

Maria De La Torre always knew she would work in the medical field.  She received her Medical Assistant diploma seven years ago and, while keen to start work in her chosen profession, had to stay home and raise her family. … Continue reading