ELAPC Provides Free Parenting Classes

As ELAPC moves forward into another year, we look back on 2015 and give thanks for all of the lives we are blessed to be a part of.  2015 was an especially busy year for our Parenting Classes, in which ELAPC partnered with community educators to equip our clients with skills to lead strong and happy families. Our classes are provided to all of our clients 100% free of charge thanks to your generosity and the involvement of our community partners.  A total of 143 ELAPC clients attended our Parenting Classes in 2015- some came to learn what to expect with their first baby, others came to learn new skills to facilitate the healthy growth of their young children.  All left with new ideas and skills to enrich and strengthen their growing families.  In 2015, we were honored to partner with the following agencies to provide accurate and professional education to our clients:

  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • White Memorial Hospital
  • Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
  • California Woman, Infants & Children
  • The University of California, Los Angeles
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Cerritos College
  • Su Casa Domestic Violence Agency

We are presently working to secure new and exciting speakers and presenters for our parenting classes of 2016!  If you or someone you know might be interested in leading or assisting with a parenting class, please contact charlene@elapc.com.  Take a look at these pictures to see what an ELAPC Parenting Class is like!


Stay tuned for more!

Jason Murray

President, ELAPC Board of Directiors

Supporting Our East Los Angeles Community

During the month of July our staff assisted a regular client by the name of “Laura”. Laura is a single mother of three beautiful children. The father of Laura’s children is in prison for domestic violence against Laura and their children. Laura first cam e to ELAPC in 2011 after a friend recommended our services to her. The main reason for visiting our center was to be assisted with counseling and support; she had a miscarriage and needed support to heal from her loss.

ELAPC provided Laura with the support she needed to know she was not alone. Laura is currently being assisted by our community partner ELWAC, The East Los Angeles Women’s Center. She now has a safe place to live in an environment of safety, health, and personal well-being, free from violence and abuse. Laura is also attending school at East Los Angeles College. She has been visiting our center regularly, participating in our Material Assistance Program and Parenting Classes. We are proud of the woman she is becoming and the better future she is providing her children.

July has been a month filled with great moments at ELAPC. During this month, our counselors welcomed the new group of parents that are currently enrolling on to our Material Assistance Program. Our Material Assistance Program provides parents with necessary materials such as diapers, wipes and baby clothes. As recipients of the material assistance our clients attend bi-monthly parenting classes that teach life skills and self sufficiency.

Thank you for your support. Without your generosity we would be unable to be a critical resource for the community.

Note: For her privacy and protection our client is sharing her story above under the pseudonym “Laura.”

If you are interested in donating materials to our Material Assistance Program, please refer to our Wish List below:

  1. Diapers Sizes: New Born, 3, 4, 5, and 6
  2. Receiving Blankets
  3. Pacifiers
  4. Bottles
  5. Baby Lotion
  6. Baby Body Wash
  7. Baby Shampoo

Happy Father’s Day

June is the month we celebrate all of the men who are fortunate enough to be called Dad. At ELAPC we have been blessed with the opportunity of experiencing the happiness and excitement couples feel when they are given the news that they are expecting.

Sometimes that is not the case; Some of the fathers that have passed through our doors have felt scared and unprepared. However, many of these fathers have been able to participate in our parenting classes and take advantage of the information and resources that our counselors at ELAPC provide them with. The information and resources they are given at times is all they have needed to believe in themselves and open their hearts to the possibility of experiencing the miracle of life.

One of those fathers is Peter (Shown Above). Peter first came to ELAPC with his wife and found out she was pregnant with their fourth child. He shared with us that he had an accident at work and was disabled. He was feeling depressed about not being able to support his family. Peter and his wife felt having another child was not an option.

After visiting ELAPC several times and speaking to our counselor, they had a change of heart. Peter and his wife began attending church on Sundays and began participating in our parenting classes. They have been part of our program for the past two years. It’s been amazing to see the transformation and spiritual growth this couple has undergone.

As I reflect on all the men who we have helped at ELAPC, and how many of them simply needed guidance like Peter. I am grateful that ELAPC is here to serve them.

This Father’s Day, may all of the Dads out there know that you are making a difference in the lives of your children in the best way anyone can.  Thank you for accepting the gift of Fatherhood.

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day

At the East Los Angeles Pregnancy Center we celebrate Motherhood every day.

As any mother will tell you, the struggles of being a mother are real but the love and joy a child brings are something she would never trade for the world.

For first time mothers or mothers in an unplanned or expected pregnancy this can be a difficult time. We are honored to be able to work with every client that comes through our doors and not only help them to see the beauty in their new role as a mother but also to give them the resources they need to become great parents and build healthy families.

Please take the time this weekend to thank your mother, your wife, your grandmother and any other mother you know because they made that courageous choice to give life and accepted not just the responsibility of those nine months but for the love of a lifetime.

Moms we thank you! Happy Mother’s Day.

With Love, The ELAPC Family


Meet the New ELAPC Staff

We are proud to announce the recent addition of two new staff members at the

East Los Angeles Pregnancy Center.

“I once read that a trait of great leaders is they surround themselves with people smarter than they are.

 I see that in Vanessa and Charlene. Vanessa is a self-starter with impeccable organizational skills. She’s detail oriented and always ready to help. Charlene brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She’s a great leader and team player and genuinely loves to help people. They both bring their unique talents and faith to the ELAPC family.”

– Lily Felix, Executive Director


Charlene Morales, Client Services Director

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help women and families who come to the center. I know that God will guide me to make a difference in the lives of all who come to our door.”

About Charlene:

Charlene comes to ELAPC with over 7 years experience in counseling. Prior to joining the ELAPC staff she was a residential counselor for Maryvale Residential Group for Girls. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California. Charlene has lived in Monterey Park most of her life an is the mother of four and the grandmother of two.


Vanessa Guerrero, Administrative Assistant

“I am proud to work for an organization that gives a voice to those who don’t. Being a part of this mission to empower women to choose a better life for them and their children.”

About Vanessa:

Vanessa has over 7 years of experience in customer service. She came to the United States from Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico as a child speaking only Spanish. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College with a B.A. in English Literature. She has been a volunteer with ELAPC for several years and lives in East Los Angeles.