SHIELDS for Families

SHIELDS for Families is a community-based 501c3 non-profit organization located in South Los Angeles serving individuals, children, and families through comprehensive and collaborative social services for child and youth development, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and supportive services such as food, transportation, housing, legal services, and educational and vocational training.


Get in touch with SHIELDS for families

General Inquiries
PO Box 59129
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Administration Office
11601 S. Western
Los Angeles, CA 90047

TEL 323.242.5000
FAX 323.242.5011

TTD/TTY (English) 800.735.2922
TTD/TTY (Spanish) 800.855.3000

Kathryn S. Icenhower
Chief Executive Officer

Sara Tienda
Vice President of Behavioral Health Services

Charlene Smith
Vice President of Family and Community Services

Donna Icenhower
Director of Development

Patrick Coffin
Chief Information Officer

Christopher Igonia-Mock
Grant Writer/ HIPAA Compliance Officer/ Policy Analyst

Louis Jacinto
Contracts Administrator

Reggie VanAppelen
Supervisor Services Administrator

For technical questions and concerns regarding this website please contact the Development Department

Contact SHIELDS for Families

If you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911, go to the nearest emergency hospital.

If you are experiencing a mental emergency please call 1-800-SUICIDE or 1 800- 273-TALK.

If you are in need of mental health or substance abuse services contact Kisa Gayson at or 323-242-500 ext 8888



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