Day and night for the last 48 years, 1736 Family Crisis Center (1736 FCC) has rescued the most vulnerable: children, teenagers, and adults of our many service regions.
Our clients have suffered brutal physical and emotional effects of domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, poverty, homelessness, joblessness, and despair.
2020 brought the unthinkable, COVID-19.
For so many of our clients, sheltering-at-home means being trapped in even closer quarters with a perpetrator whose aggression and violence mounts with the stressors of the pandemic.
For our clients at 1736 FCC, fear is well-founded. The dangers are real.
Throughout these challenging months, 1736 FCC has kept its five shelters in operation and has opened a sixth shelter. You, the community, have equipped 1736 FCC with resources and supplies to operate our mental health and rental assistance programs, and our legal aid, crisis/suicide hotlines, homeless street outreach, emergency food and supply distribution, job assistance, and children’s programs (including those to facilitate at-home learning with school closures). Public health authorities continue to partner with 1736 FCC to address each health scare and to keep staff and clients as safe as possible in the close residential quarters.
We’ve opened new programs in 2020 to facilitate temporary as well as permanent housing for veterans, crime victims, and families experiencing homelessness. 1736 FCC staff has continued to accompany officers of four police divisions in response to 911 calls from domestic violence victims in dire emergencies. Countless partnerships in 2020 have inspired hope for our clients and made possible what no single organization could have achieved alone.
With your help now, we’ll continue into 2021 and aid more and more children and families in great need. Please give as generously as possible this year to help us support thousands of children, adults and families of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, through our programs:
For all of us, this year has been unlike any other. Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve been able to continue providing life-saving services and a caring, safe place of connection for youth experiencing homelessness in our community.
The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the dire need for basic hygiene resources, PPE, and other essential services. Unhoused young people are unable to socially distance and often live without basic hygiene resources and PPE, increasing their risk of contracting COVID-19.
We have continued to adapt our services to ensure that everyone who wants help is able to find it at SPY.
We’re so thankful for our incredible staff, working tirelessly to provide essential services on the frontlines of the pandemic. Thanks to their dedication and determination, and your support, we’ve been able to:
Thank you for all you have done to help us keep SPY members, staff, and our community safe.
This holiday season will be so different for so many. We rely on supporters like you so we can continue providing vital services and create a welcoming place for the young people we serve. We cannot do this without you. We need to raise $40,000 by the end of the year to effectively continue our services. Can we count on your generosity this holiday season? Every dollar donated will go directly to help us keep young people safely housed and off of the streets.
As we find ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us assume that our children are so isolated from society that they cannot be touched by predators. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Predators realize they have a captive audience with children who are spending even more time during the pandemic on apps and social media. For the predator, it is like shooting fish in a pond. Our experience tells us that we may see an increase unlike anything in the past with missing and exploited American children by the time this pandemic is resolved.
ARC is staged and ready to do what we have done since 1993, rescue child victims and bring them home. But it will not be feasible without the financial support of our donors.
We are asking you to help us prepare for the onslaught of crimes against our nation's children that are increasing daily during this national emergency.
MESSAGE FROM ARC Founder and President BAZZEL BAZ:
"As we quickly approach the New Year, I want to THANK EVERY ONE of you who has supported ARC's CHILD RESCUE MISSIONS...bringing home missing, exploited and trafficked American children.
I mean this with all of my heart that your support in prayer and finances have been directly responsible for the saving the lives of so many kids who otherwise would still be lost, or would be left to suffer or even die at the hands of their perpetrators.
Thank you for coming alongside ARC and STANDING UP TO THE EVIL that is destroying defenseless children.
As we come to the close of 2020 we ask that you remember ARC and MISSING AMERICAN KIDS with your Year End Giving.
Thank you and may God continue to bless all of you.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!"
As information about this unprecedented pandemic unfolds every hour, we wanted to update you, our incredible supporters, on our work during this concerning time for so many across the world.
While the global community has been instructed to stay in, WE GO OUT. Our job at Saving Innocence never ends. Each day, we are hopeful that a call does not come in, and a child is not in crisis, but unfortunately, that is not our reality. Our extraordinary caseworkers are ready and equipped to answer each call with bravery whenever we are beckoned to help.
It is so important that we do not forget about our young girls and boys during this challenging period because whenever there is a disruption of any kind, it is the most vulnerable who are affected the most. We are definitely serving the most vulnerable. We must understand that with the quick spread of COVID-19, sex traffickers create a conduit to infecting thousands of Americans, and the risk for exploitation tremendously increases.
In March, we recovered 16 children, which is double the amount we recover under normal circumstances. While we are collectively shifting the way we work and live worldwide in the face of this crisis, the exploitation of children hasn’t changed.
Our team’s dedication to creating a world where no child is sexually exploited endures. We are steadfast in our determination to end child sex trafficking while ensuring that each child has access to comprehensive services, justice, a safe family, and the possibility of rebuilding their lives. In the coming weeks of ambiguity, your faithfulness and generosity are more important than ever- to make sure our critically important work is not diminished. Times of crisis should strengthen our resolve to serve, to band together and take care of one another- and we’ve always been able to count on you.
Thank you for your incredible support. Our Saving Innocence team hopes you and your loved ones are safe and doing well. Know that you are in our thoughts. We are all in this together!
All the best,
Saving Innocence Team
**Exciting news: Interested in how you can learn more about exploitation of children and advocacy? We're expanding our resources and making an exclusive training available for you! Be on the lookout in your inbox next week for details.
Under the Current COVID-19 crisis, most of America is on lockdown And while we are taking similar precautions, we are not doing so at the expense of losing children that are still being trafficked and abused. You can rest assured that ARC is operating at full capacity and employing tactical and technical strategies that far exceed anything most NGOs are using as well as successfully countering any defensive measures perpetrators may think they can use during this time when the nation is preoccupied with the virus.
The value in such information resides in the fact that no perpetrator can hide as easily as they once thought they could because ARC is monitoring the footprint contamination. And with that, ARC is able to spearhead rescue operations more efficiently. With our alliances in DOJ and other local and state law enforcement entities more children will have the chance to be discovered and come home quicker than ever before.
We want to recognize each and every person that has supported our efforts with your finances and prayers. Because of you, we are able to do all of this. We are grateful and thank you for that continued support.
ARC Founder and President
Social distancing and stay at home orders due to COVID-19 may create more stressful situations for victims of domestic violence. Here is an UPDATED COMPREHENSIVE LIST of services and resources available for victims of crime and survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
School closings due to COVID-19 present potential for an increased risk of online child sexual exploitation, which why it is very important to monitor your children's online activities. If your child is a victim, call the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 1-800-843-5678. Here are some important resources to protect children online.
Local law enforcement agencies are working together to protect San Diego County residents and to remind the public of consumer laws in place during the COVID-19 state of emergency and Governor Gavin Newsom’s order for Californians to stay at home.
Safe Place for Youth (SPY) shares the latest information for youth here:
Information on the DPH Hotline (below)
The DPH Call Center has been established to triage and refer requests for isolation and quarantine housing. This should be prefaced with an update on capacity:
Questions or concerns can be sent to COVID19@lahsa.org.
SPY's housing programs, including The Nest, Roots to Grow, and A Bridge Home Sunset are still up and running. With their partners, SPY continues to provide shelter, food, essential services, and a caring connection. As you know, the comfort of a well-stocked pantry isn’t a reality for our young people. For many, the food provided at SPY is one of their only reliable sources for a meal. As we move forward, SPY is in need of monetary contributions so it can continue providing food to its residential programs and the street-based youth who are coming to the Access Center. SPY has partnered with local restaurants who are also feeling the impact of COVID-19 to prepare hot meals for 100 young people every day. A donation of just $25 will feed 5 street-based youth, and $500 will provide a meal for each SPY youth, housed and unhoused. TO DONATE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
As a first responder, Cast is working around the clock to ensure survivors get the care they need and deserve. Most are worried about much more than the coronavirus and can't help but put their health at risk as they flee traffickers. Help us continue our first response efforts by donating to our emergency fund today.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, SPY is working hard to protect our youth, staff, and community. At this time, SPY residential programs will continue to operate, and we will keep the doors of our Access Center open to provide basic survival needs to street-based youth.As we face this time of uncertainty, we hope to continue to be a source of compassion and security. Any contributions you make will help us to continue our life-saving work, now and in the future.
The main items SPY needs now are: