Dear Friends of HFS – 

The theme of this year’s virtual gala, “Love Grows Here,” captures the essence of HFS and the work we do, for we truly are a garden of love for so many families and children.

For adoptive parents, HFS is the place to learn how to be great parents to nurture relinquished and foster youth.  

Foster parents discover how to care for youth, who have been through trauma and hurt, in a loving, unconditional home.  

Our alumni return to HFS for renewal,  because they know we will provide a loving ear and great resources.

And you, our supporters, cultivate this fertile soil to help raise another generation of amazing people!

Just as a well-tended garden offers beauty and sustenance year in and year out, so HFS has helped loving families to grow and thrive since 1949. We are thankful every day for the bounty that has blessed our community because of your generosity.

This year, we also honor retired staff member Linda Shirley with our Circle of Hope Award.  I met Linda in 2012 when I joined the agency as Executive Director. She was incredibly supportive, and helped me as I reentered the work force after a four year hiatus focused on raising my children.  She has always treated our clients with warmth and respect, and helped staff with her insight and knowledge.  I especially will miss our conversations about raising our kids, and her fun Christmas sweaters.  I hope she knows that she has left a special mark on Holy Family Services and will be deeply missed by all.  

With gratitude,
Julie Brown


Sharing Our Stories and Online Auction

Beginning Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at noon

Auction Ends

Friday, May 20, 2022 at 8pm

Tribute to Linda Shirley and Auction Winners Announced

Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 4pm

all times in Pacific Time

Support Levels

Help support HFS, Adoption & Foster Care during these challenging times by making a donation today! All sponsors are going to be noted on the HFS website.

Love Grows Here Sponsor:  $5,000
Pays for rent for four birth mothers, 25 fully supplied diaper bag for birth mother who decides to parent or five months rent in our office in Orange County.

Circle of Hope Sponsor:  $2,500

Pays for 3 months of groceries for a birth mother or 10 trainings for hospital/clinic social workers & nurses.

Platinum Sponsor: $1,000

Pays for a year’s worth of foster orientations, monitor five post-adoption visits between birth parents and adoptive family or a month’s stipend to short-term foster parents to give birth mother time to think about parenting or adoption.

Gold Sponsor: $500

Pays for five car seats, 20 hours of birth parent counseling, four in-home nurse visits for new adoptive parents or 10 rides for birth mother’s prenatal doctor visits.

Silver Sponsor : $250

This is the group that started it all! The original core of support for HFS, started by Dolores Hope! Be part of this powerful legacy. Pays for six weeks of baby formula or 10 hours of post adoption counseling to birth parents.

Honoring Linda Shirley

In our seventy-three year history, many staff members have come through HFS’s doors, but Linda Shirley will always stand out for her many years of dedication to our clients.  Linda first joined HFS as an Adoptions Social Worker back in 1991 in the Orange County office.  At the time known as Linda Grice, she worked tirelessly for HFS’s infant adoptive parents, preparing them to add a baby into their families and to support them as new parents.  She learned all the California regulations regarding adoption and became an integral part of the HFS team.  In 1997, Linda was promoted to Intake Coordinator at HFS to assess families before they submitted their application.   She was in that position until 1999.

After Linda married and added to her own family, she became a contract worker for the agency to complete home studies in our foster adoption and caregiver programs.  She returned in 2010 to HFS as the Adoptions Supervisor to help support the clinical staff with difficult situations and provide trainings to our adoptive families.  Her clinical knowledge aided the newest group of social workers and her calm demeanor helped when clients were in crisis.  She was always accessible to staff and clients, even when her own personal life was busy and fulfilling.

Linda was the interim Executive Director between 2011 and 2012, until Julie Brown joined the agency, and continued her work as the HFS Adoptions Supervisor until her retirement in 2020.  HFS is grateful for Linda’s twenty-nine years with the agency.  She has proven herself committed to a strong work ethic, dedicated to supporting our clients through the emotional roller coaster of adoption, and an amazing clinician in supporting the rest of the HFS staff.  Our staff and volunteers will miss her smiling face, but we’re happy that Linda can take time to focus on her loved ones and spend time on her hobbies. Linda Shirley leaves behind a legacy of tireless service to HFS, and takes with her our gratitude, and love.

Thank you for your support!

UCLA Athletic Department

Trecia and Kendall Simmonds

Joseph Zanetta

Barbara and Brent Tufeld

Daisy Rivas and Pro Image Sports

Elaine Tumonis and Edward De La Rosa

Alison and Geoff Rusack, Rusack Vineyards

Nancy and George Rothwell

Marianne and Matt Wright

Emily Wright

Lydia Johnston

Universal Studio’s Hollywood

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Julie and Peter Brown

Tom Sawyer Camp, Pasadena

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana

The Broad Museum, Los Angeles

Pasadena Playhouse

A Noise Within Theatre, Pasadena

“1888” Location Department Crew

The Rev. Nathan Biornstad

Paula Kelly

Pete Moreno

Hayley Dreiner

Pasadena Ice Skating Center

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