A Marvelous March

April 5, 2022


Our Transition Age Youth (TAY) Drop in Centers hosted an “Eggstravaganza” in celebration of the Easter holiday. As a place of community, we seek opportunities to embrace all aspects of identity including cultural and spiritual affiliations. Our transition age youth gathered at both the Antelope Valley and City of Commerce TAY Drop in Centers where each location hosted an Easter event. Each event included music, art, pastel easter eggs stuffed with candy, laughter, and awareness. We hosted the obligatory easter egg hunt where TAY participants and their children had the opportunity to search for candy filled easter eggs.  This holiday means something different to each person and TAY participants were able to enjoy a warm meal as they expressed what the holiday meant to them. TAY participants also engaged in creative workshops where they were able to use art as an additional means of expression.

The TAY Drop in Centers strive to embrace and empower transition age youth. We are humbled that our participants choose to spend holidays with us and appreciate the insights they share that help us continue to learn about and from one another.

-Maria Arroyo, Penny Lane Centers

Housing Services Celebrates Spring

The Housing Services Department at Cedar Ridge Apartment Community ushered in Spring with renewal, awakening, and lots of treats.  We also had a lot of fun coloring eggs bringing sunny happy vibes through pastel colors.  Spring brings happiness and joy and Penny Lane wants our communities to know and feel they truly appreciated.

Partnerships for Families (PFF)- April Outreach Event

In the month of March, Partnerships for Families in Commerce got the opportunity to host two fun activities for our families.  The purpose of these activities is to encourage family bonding. On Friday March 4th, we did a “DIY Canvas Painting Activity”. Each child got a canvas and taped the letters of their names with the help from their parents. Everyone got creative with different colors to make their names colorful. They were excited to peel the tape off and see their name transition. Below you will see some pictures of how they turned out.

Then on Thursday March 17th, Penny Lane Staff and a number of “helpers” made some  “Lucky Charms Rice Krispies Treats”. This was a perfect activity since it was St. Patrick’s Day. Each family was provided with the ingredients needed. Everyone followed along to a video and had fun melting mini marshmallows. Once marshmallows were melted everyone combined their Lucky Charms cereal to the marshmallow mix and enjoyed how sticky the cereal got from the marshmallow mix. Once everything was combined, parents helped cut the treats into squares.  Now these delicious treats were ready to enjoy. Check out some pictures of the delicious treats that didn't last long!!

Overall it was a fantastic March for our families and we look forward to some of our Easter activities we have planned. If you are one of our families make sure to reach out to me, Stephanie, to join our April activities!

-Lilie Amezquita, Penny Lane Centers