When Helen Morran-Wolf joined Foothill Family as the Executive Director in 1991, the agency served 2,000 clients per year. At the time of her retirement in 2013, services and outreach touched more than 20,000 community members. The service area, which began in Pasadena, expanded to include the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale and Burbank. From a single site in Pasadena, Foothill Family’s presence in the community expanded to include an administrative office and six family centers throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
Under Helen’s leadership, Foothill Family’s range of community-based services expanded to meet growing community needs, including mental health and social services, school-based counseling, child abuse treatment and prevention, domestic violence treatment, intensive services, and prevention and early intervention programs. The agency developed a special expertise in providing early childhood development services, including on site counseling at 40 preschools, home-based counseling for children up to age five and their parents, services for teen parents and their babies, and a home-based Early Head Start Program.
Helen received her M.S.W. from the University of Southern California and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage, Family and Child Counselor with a Certificate in
Advanced Management. During her tenure at Foothill Family, she also served as the
President of the Association of Community Human Service Agencies in Los Angeles County and was a member of the board of the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies. Today, she serves as the Vice President of the British Home in California.
The Josephine Marsh Award, named for Foothill Family’s founder and first director, celebrates the embodiment of Foothill Family’s mission and core values in our communities.