FACES Milestones

Date Event
1988: Co-founder Mary O'Connor a single parent psychotherapist with five children, originally conceived the notion of F.A.C.E.S. with her friends and child advocates Cheryl Ramirez and Shelly Driscoll. They imagined a place where parents and children could get affordable counseling services and learn to stop the bitter often violent fighting, heal and even help others. They named the agency for what they did Family Assessment, Counseling & Education Services.
1992: The agency receives its incorporation and nonprofit status. Celebrates with community activities. Dozens of F.A.C.E.S. supporters become involved. Volunteerism becomes a habit with community grass roots supporters. F.A.C.E.S. honors the child in the single parent family; initiates its first Back& Forth Child day at Heisler Park in Fullerton. Police Department, Superior Court personnel, book writers, other counseling agencies, get involved. Hot dogs are served by board members.
1994: F.A.C.E.S. moves to a house on 514 E. Chapman Ave. The agency expands to include six new interns and trainees. Program development included Parenting Groups, Anger Management and family counseling, Monitored visits all developed in community spirit spurred the founders to open a second office in Santa Ana. The office is still operating at 1641 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana.
1998: F.A.C.E.S. celebrates ten years of service to the community by expanding to a larger office at 2555 E. Chapman and remains in these offices for nine years. F.A.C.E.S. receives its first grant from Pacific Life Foundation. The first four groups are filled with referrals from Family Law courts, social services, schools and churches. F.A.C.E.S. has counselors on campus in five high schools for five years, through a gang prevention grant, with the Fullerton School District and the Fullerton Police department.
2000: F.A.C.E.S. receives a grant to provide ride along counseling services with the Fullerton Police department, on domestic violence cases. The agency also helps students in the Step Up program at the Boys and Girls Center in Fullerton. As the agency becomes involved in several community resource centers, its counseling staff expands to provide services on campus of preschools. F.A.C.E.S. administrators volunteer to help build capacity for FACT. The agency secures contracts with county and state agencies. F.A.C.E.S. begins to be recognized for its work in the community.
2001: Laguna Niguel office opens. F.A.C.E.S. hosts its first annual Hearts in Action Event to raise awareness of the effects of Domestic Violence on Children. Panelists include Michael Riley.
2004: F.A.C.E.S. gets involved in more community events, hosts annual Volunteer Recognition and Hearts in Action, Night under the Stars. Monitored Visitation Program highlighted with 300 families attending services this year.
2006: F.A.C.E.S. moves its offices to 505 E. Commonwealth Ave in Fullerton. The office houses the agency until 2010. Community groups raise funds to supply the offices with children’s furniture, toys, and supplies.
2009: F.A.C.E.S. continues its outreach to family homes and school campuses. Outcomes show improvement in family relationships and increased self confidence in children. F.A.C.E.S. celebrates its yearly Court Appreciation Event with Commissioner Richard Vogl as the recipient of the Child Advocacy Award. Twelve universities send students to F.A.C.E.S. for training.
2010: F.A.C.E.S. partners with the Boys and Girls Club in Fullerton to provide family monitored visits at the Richman Center, where families can go outside and play on the playground, or get involved in activities during their visits. Up to 15 families each week benefit from the services at this center.
2011: ABCs of Anger Management, a F.A.C.E.S. publication is ready for parents in the Anger Management classes. Volunteers translate the book into Spanish.
2012: Parenting Solo - A Guidebook for Busy Single Parents is available online by Amazon and ebook, and is used by parents in Co-Parenting Classes.
2013: FACES Board of Directors appoints Rick Jochum as Executive Director of Facilities and Development. With grant Writer Bill Skahil and a team of development specialists, Rick is renovating the agency to bring it through this next phase of capacity building.FACES celebrateds 25 years in service to the community.
2014: F.A.C.E.S. now has twenty five groups are facilitated each week in English and Spanish with the twenty five counselors and twelve monitors, as well as 20 community volunteers. In 2011, F.A.C.E.S. served 2300 parents and children in its counseling offices and outreach centers. Volunteerism is at an all time high, and three grant writers are working diligently to propose to foundations F.A.C.E.S. worthiness to receive funds for programs.
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