Press Releases

Pamela’s Success Story

Pamela is a 29-year-old Latina female who began therapy to deal with unresolved childhood issues, grief and loss, substance use, and having her three children removed from her custody due to neglect. At the onset of therapy, she presented as a highly anxious person who seemed overwhelmed with her life circumstances and responsibilities. Pamela is […]

Family Preservation Program Helps Victim of Domestic Violence

In June 2021, 26-year-old Edith came to the attention of the Department of Children and Family Services due to a domestic violence incident between her and her husband. Edith shared that her husband was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. Edith and her husband have one son, Adam, who is […]

Anna’s Therapy Journey

Anna is a 48-year-old Latina woman who sought mental health services with El Centro de Amistad in November of 2020. Anna was seeking support regarding recent marital stressors. Anna initially had some reservations about treatment due to past experiences with mental health services, which Anna felt had not been the right fit; however, she ultimately […]

Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Love for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching; it will be here any minute! With Valentine’s Day coming up, having a mix of feelings is understandable. This Day is typically associated with fairy tale movies, commercials about love, and an endless stream of social media posts from people in relationships. Add in a worldwide pandemic, and it can […]

Lending Her Expertise and Experience To Clients

Having left her home country of El Salvador in 1986, Magali Gallegos understands the struggles and obstacles that immigrants face in a foreign place. She believes that had her family known about El Centro de Amistad; they could have benefited from the resources. Now, Magali will be able to lend her expertise and experience to […]

The Challenges of Raising a Child With Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. According to the CDC, in 2020, approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Studies also stated that boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. […]

El Centro de Amistad Celebrates Success of Annual Back-to-School Supplies Giveaway

Providing high-quality mental health and family support services to under-served communities is at the core of ECDA’s mission. Everything we do is tightly focused on accomplishing that mission. Throughout our 44 years of service, ECDA has served more than 110,000 individuals, empowering the lives of children, families, and individuals for a better tomorrow Our involvement […]

Managing Your Mental Health During the Holidays

The holidays are usually a season that reminds us to be grateful, merry, and family-centered. However, for some, the holidays can be another reminder of how isolating, depressing, and triggering life can be. For those of you experiencing the latter, you are not alone. So how do you cope with the difficulties of the holidays? […]