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March 23, 2011

Otis Booth Campus Opens

New facility will enable CII to serve more than 5,000 more children and families

Los Angeles: Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII), nationally recognized for its work with children who have been traumatized by violence in their homes or communities took a major step in enhancing the services it provides with the opening of The Children’s Institute Otis Booth Campus. The agency hosted a Grand Opening and Donor Recognition event on Wednesday March 23, 2011. A celebration to welcome families and other members of the surrounding community is planned in late April. View more photos from the Grand Opening.

The Otis Booth Campus will provide a safe haven for more than 5,000 children and families who have been affected by family and community violence, abuse, neglect and other trauma. The campus is named for the Otis Booth Foundation which provided the lead gift for the project. The new 48,000-square-foot facility will provide space for CII’s comprehensive services, including clinical treatment, early childhood education, child enrichment (e.g., visual and performing arts, music, sports and mentoring), and family support. Many of these programs and resources will be available to the community at large.

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti spoke at the event. “In one of our darkest economic times—particularly in a community like this one where families are already challenged by poverty and other hardship—we see places like this amazing new facility become a reality,” says Garcetti. “Look around you today, and think of the thousands of children who will be served.”

CII’s Chairman of the Board Charles P. Diamond recognized fellow trustees Michael Dart and Suzanne Marx for their efforts in leading the agency’s Capital Campaign and their progress in raising 95% of their monetary goal. Kathleen Duncan, Hugh Evans, and Gelila Assefa Puck co-chaired the event, which included special guests, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

“Children’s Institute has always been a leader in developing innovative new approaches for working with families in crisis, in research and training, and in child-friendly and environmentally responsible architecture,” says CII President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Emmons. “The new campus is an important milestone in CII’s commitment to dramatically increase the number of children it serves. Although the organization currently helps more than 17,000 children every year, that number is only a fraction of those who need help. It will give young people in one of Los Angeles’ most challenged communities the supportive, safe and nurturing environment they need to recover from trauma and lead healthy lives.”

The new campus was designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, a leader in sustainable practices and recipient of the American Institute of Architects, California Council 2009 Firm Award. CII’s new campus will be one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified facilities constructed by a children’s service organization in Los Angeles.

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