Molly Lenz
In Memoriam

It is with a heavy heart that the VISTAS family says good-bye to a beloved consumer, Molly Lenz. Molly passed away unexpectedly on August 23rd, 2018 at the age of 32. Molly attended the VISTAS Granada Hill's Program for the last 10 years. Molly, who often went by the nickname "Drake" touched so many people with her spirited and loving personality. She was adored by staff, peers and people in the community. She will always be remembered for her eclectic attire and love of heavy metal music. Molly particularly loved the song "seven nation army" by White Stripes and sang an incredibly entertaining rendition of it. If she anointed you as her "sister or brother" you knew that you were one of her favorites! We are so saddened to have lost her but recognize what an honor it was to have had her in our lives.

A Success Story
Milton – affectionately known as "Scooter" – started at VISTAS in June 2003. When Milton commenced services with VISTAS it was evident that he needed a lot of support improving his anger-management skills. For a number of years Milton would routinely become agitated and physically aggressive. In May 2016 the Granada Hills program transitioned from a center-based to community-based program. During this transition Milton has shown remarkable improvement coping with feelings of anger and inhibiting acts of aggression. Through a combination of supportive counseling and positive behavioral support in a community-based milieu Milton consistently presents as a joyful, calm and controlled person. He loves going on a variety of outings each day and has not engaged in a single act of physical aggression since December 2016. Everyone at VISTAS is extremely proud of the wonderful gains Milton has made! Keep up the great work, Scooter!
Three Wise Men
These 3 extraordinary gentlemen have been an honor to serve over the past 28 to 30 years. Steve joined the VISTAS family in July 1985. Leon and Michael joined the VISTAS family in July 1987. Each of them has grown and progressed in so many areas related to stress-management, socialization, communication, community-integration, and independent-living. They are kind, endearing, and unique individuals who VISTAS celebrates for their dedication and commitment. We are proud of you gentlemen and look forward to serving you in the years ahead!

Leon - VISTAS has helped me in many ways. It has helped keep me out of the hospital, cope with life, communicate better with people and learn how to make friends.

Michael - VISTAS is a nice place. I feel better when I'm at VISTAS and I feel very safe here. I really like going on the outings, they are a lot of fun. It's a great place to come to everyday.

Steve - I like VISTAS a lot. The staff and clients are nice. I really enjoy the outings to the animal shelter and the classes at program, especially cooking class. VISTAS has helped me a lot with being nervous and becoming independent.

You Shine
Yanett P. has been with the agency for three and half years. She started as a floater at our North Hollywood Day Program, and was quickly promoted to a full-time counselor position. Yanett is a take charge type of person. She takes initiative to help the program run smoothly and is very kind and compassionate with consumers. Her bilingual skills have come in handy when working with mono-lingual families. She is reliable and responsible, and we appreciate all her hard work!!!

In Memoriam
The VISTAS family was deeply saddened to learn that a former consumer, Nathan Hartman had passed away. Nathan attended the VISTAS Panorama City and VISTAS North Hollywood program for a number of years. Nathan possessed a wonderful personality which served as a foundation to highly entertaining social interactions with his peers and staff. He always had an energizing and endearing smile on his face. His sense of humor was innate, creative, and never ceased to amaze. His warm demeanor and kind heart ingratiated him to people directly involved in his life as well as people he was meeting for the first time. His performances in several VISTAS' productions have become legendary for his on stage acting skills. Nathan left VISTAS about 4 years ago to attend different programs. However, he never left the hearts of the staff members and fellow consumers who were honored to have known him.

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