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Los Angeles/Ventura Directory Release

2012-13 Los Angeles/Ventura Directory Available this Month!

This month we are releasing the 2012-2013 Los Angeles/ Ventura Rainbow Resource Directory. The changes you’ll find in this book reflect our commitment to grow with this rapidly changing industry, and to put the voices of our customers into action. What other changes would you like to see? Here are some of the ways our books are transforming:

  • We include a CD-ROM with every resource listed in the Los Angeles/Ventura Directory FREE with your purchase of the book! The CD has a searchable database that brings essential information to your fingertips in seconds.
  • A NEW CHAPTER: LGBT Resources and Programs features service providers who address the needs of our friends in the LGBTQA community. It highlights accepting providers of youth mentorship, health services, shelters, parenting resources.. virtually the entire spectrum of services listed in our books.
  • URL-SAVVY: We made an effort to list agencies’ websites whenever we find them to be useful and up-to-date, so that you can verify essential screening information that may change within the span of time you utilize and cherish your Rainbow Resource Directory.

Other Changes

The Orange County and Riverside/San Bernardino Resource Directories will be published every other year from now on. Here are our revised upcoming publication releases:

  • 2012-2013 Los Angeles/Ventura Directory: May (this month)
  • 2012-2014 Orange County Directory: September (this fall)
  • 2013-2015 Riverside/San Bernardino Directory: August ’13 (2011-2013 Directory available for purchase now)

Jerry Brown Names First Latino Poet Laureate of California

ImageApril is national poetry month! On March 21, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Juan Felipe Herrera the first Latino California poet laureate. Herrera’s voluminous work includes titles such as 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border and Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler. The son of migrant farm workers, he explores the unique crossroads of culture, language and race that make up Californian heritage in much of his work. The interweaving of English and Spanish in his writing defies our instinct to identify and isolate these differences, and invites the reader to experience them as a richness of language and experience instead. Rainbow Resource Directory lists many social service providers that embrace cultural and lingual difference in just this way. In each of our listings, we indicate the languages spoken by staff and the types of services provided.

One great example of multilingual, multicultural service is Alma Family Services.  Alma offers a range of services for children and adults with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities, mental health services, child and family development programs, and gang reduction youth programs at locations in East L.A., Walnut and Long Beach. Alma appears in our Counseling/Mental Health chapter and Disability/Special Edu/Rehabilitation. The listing includes their address, phone number, website, payment information, service area, and languages spoken in addition to English (Spanish and Korean).

If you want to learn more about Chicano history and culture, visit the Chicano Resource Center in East Los Angeles. Listed in our Ethnic/Culture/Translations chapter and Libraries chapter, it contains a special collection of books, journals, films and other media about Chicano and Mexican perspectives and experiences, and is open to the public.


Welcome to the brand new Rainbow Resource Directory blog. We created this space to engage with the human services community and share local agency spotlights, interviews with nonprofit leaders, and other tidbits that will interest our readers. To keep up-to-date with the directory and the social services sector in general, sign up for our monthly newsletter: As always, we welcome any feedback regarding your experience with the directories and the type of content you would like to see on this blog. Thank you for your interest in the Rainbow Resource Directory!