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Recent Community Events

free play on wednesdays in Venice
girls playing dress up outdoors
Pre school children learning socializing outside in the play yard at Well Baby Center
elementary school age kids playing basketball in safe outdoor play yard on westside of Los Angeles
2 kids playing outside in a therapy parenting session
Children playing in yard Mar Vista
free outdoor play yard in venice
outdoor play  toddlers and young kids
young kids playing in water paddle pool in Venice
diverse childrens play event
Hispanic child having fun
Mom holding baby in Halloween costume at Marian place
happy African American father and daughter at play event in Venice
bubble entertainer at kids event
young kids Trick or treating safely in Venice
toddle trick or treating at free play yard Venice
halloween kids in Venice play yard
toddler on a slide with her parents
Child on outdoor slide

Media

press release

Read Supportive Affordable Housing Site Opening Press Release by Well Family Marian Place (formerly Well Baby Center), 2023.

When things fall apart with your toddler article

Read When Things Fall Apart With Your Toddler by Deborah Groening, published in Venice Living Magazine.

Beach Head Article

Read Families are the building blocks of a healthy, thriving community. article by Barbara A. Mastej, published in Beach Head.

A Day in the life of Deborah Groening

Read A Day In The Life featuring Deborah Groening, published online by AntiochLA.edu.

Covid 19 article

Read Great Ideas to Survive the Summer During COVID-19 by Deborah Groening in LA Mom Magazine.

Heart of Venice magazine article

Read Heart of Venice – Well Baby Center in Heart of Venice Magazine.

Fact Sheet

2008: Well Baby Center was designed to respond to the great recession of 2008. Founder Groening-Rother, a licensed mental health professional, had a wish to make the greatest impact possible given her business experience and financial resources. Well Baby Center was started as a non-profit with herself being the primary donor. The mission was to address the lack of affordable care for families.

2020: When COVID caused major disruption in the delivery of supportive care, WBC had to switch to online counseling services, which was difficult because the center was founded on the principle of connection to community. The inability to provide in-person service put our popular parent-child groups and expert child therapy on hold for the next 2 years. Yet the need for accessible therapy grew. With assistance from a Cedars-Sinai Community Benefit Giving Office grant, we began offering free counseling to help people manage the stress of the pandemic. We set out to become a Medi-Cal provider so that we may offer services to more of our community’s lower-income children and families.

2020-21: In response to the affordable housing shortage and the growing homelessness crisis in Venice, the founder gifted a beautiful compound of 9 Venice bungalows to Venice Community Housing, to develop as affordable housing for formerly unhoused mothers and children. The partnership included providing a space for WBC to assist those living on site, while continuing to offer clinical services to the public.

2023: We engaged a non-profit consultant to guide us to becoming a public-facing child and family services agency. We needed to consider a mission and name change to reflect our expanding capacity to serve the most at-risk, underserved families. Well Baby Center became Well Family Marian Place.

2024: We are busy organizing the move and are raising funds to outfit the new facility with riding vehicles, an outdoor playhouse, and everything needed to create a wonderful place for resident and neighborhood children to play together. We are planning family-friendly barbeques and special events to help the residents acclimate to their new community and to help the community welcome their new neighbors, and we hope to find partners interested in duplicating our model throughout Los Angeles.

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