La Familia Celebrates 40 Years of Serving the San Francisco Bay Area


On October 15, 2016, La Familia proudly celebrated 40 years of serving the San Francisco Bay Area residents at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, California. 

This achievement was realized through the hard work and dedication of the La Familia staff, board members, partners, and community supporters across four decades.

We were thrilled to host such speakers as:

  • René Macías - Chairman, La Familia Board of Directors
  • Nancy O’Malley – Alameda County District Attorney
  • A Message from Eric Swalwell – Member  of the United States House of Representatives, California 15th District
  • A Message from Julie Chavez Rodriguez – Special Assistant to the President and Senior Deputy Director of Public Engagement
  • Héctor Méndez – Executive Director of La Familia, Emeritus
  • Manuel Jiménez – Director of Alameda County Behavioral Health Services
  • Augustin Arteaga – Hijos del Sol/Youth Services Director of La Familia, Emeritus
  • Aaron Ortiz – Executive Director of La Familia, Current
  • Andé Peña – Highway to Work and Title IV-E Program Director at La Familia
  • A Message from our Highway to Work youth participants  
  • Roger Lauer, M.D. – Medical Director at La Familia



To see the gallery of photos from this event click here [link to: Gallery page for this event].

In attendance were the majority of La Familia’s staff as well as supporters of La Familia.

The impact of La Familia’s work in the community can be seen and felt in the pride and joy demonstrated by all those who attended and participated in this great event. La Familia’s work in the community has impacted thousands of individuals and families since its inception in 1975. La Familia has provided not just outpatient mental health services, but community-based resources for those who are in the most need of these services.

This was truly a grand celebration of everything La Familia has given to its consumers, supporters, and staff alike.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and another tremendous thank you to those who worked tirelessly to make this event an event to remember. 

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