(ALTADENA, Calif.) May 12, 2020 — Now with the U.S. highest unemployment rate due to the coronavirus, people are struggling financially, experiencing food insecurity, and facing mental health challenges like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Altadena-based foster care/adoption and mental health provider, Five Acres has launched the HOPE line at 800-696-6793 or HOPE@5acres.org where individuals […]

What Five Acres had intended to provide in five years occurred in five days. When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the safer-at-home emergency order, Five Acres information technology (IT) team set up the agency’s workforce to work remotely and provide telehealth services within a week. An essential business provider, Five Acres provides residential care […]

ALTADENA, Calif., May 1, 2020—Children in foster care have been significantly disrupted by the global pandemic. Children living at Five Acres are placed at the residential campus in Altadena because of acute trauma they experienced at home. The impact of COVID-19 is another traumatic event that the charity’s workforce is helping the children navigate. Division […]

ALTADENA, Calif., March 12, 2020—Five Acres, a foster/adoption, residential and community-based mental/behavioral health charity, announced its community awards and board celebration yesterday. Taking precautions against the coronavirus, Five Acres canceled its in-person annual meeting and instead are personally delivering the awards to the recipients. The charity honored community members and volunteers who have supported their […]

Will Smith Chief Administrative Officer

[Altadena, Calif] September 9, 2019 – Foster/adoption and mental health nonprofit Five Acres is pleased to name Will Smith, MBA, SPHR as its new Chief Administrative Officer. Smith will lead Five Acres’ expanding recruiting efforts as well as programs focused on employee wellness and development. Smith brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to […]

Five Acres 2019 Desert Oasis Gala Committee
Five Acres’ Desert Oasis Gala Sponsorship Committee – (front row, left to right) Mimi Carter, Shoshana Puccia, Chris Selak, Katie McDonald; (second row, left to right) Chelby Crawford, Kelly Mercadé, Renée Chang, Michele Doll, Jennifer Berger, Trish Gonzales; (back row, left to right) Don Boline, Sue McGuirl, Matt McIntyre, Natalie Bazarevitsch, Nicole Rasic.  Event to [...]
Five Acres Main Campus Altadena

[Altadena, Calif] January 29, 2019 – Family and child services nonprofit Five Acres has received a generous $100,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The unrestricted grant will be used to support Five Acres’ operational programs supporting safety, well-being and permanent family solutions for abused and neglected children. The grant was awarded in December […]

Chinling Chen Five Acres CPOP

[Los Angeles, Calif] October 9, 2018 – Five Acres is proud to announce Chinling Chen, LCSW, as the nonprofit’s new Chief Program Officer of Prevention. Chen will lead Five Acres’ programs in community-based mental and behavioral health care and help pioneer partnerships with other healthcare providers to help prevent family separation. “In 2017, Five Acres […]