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The Amigos Fund
For more than half a century, The Amigos Fund has dedicated itself to improving the lives of the
patients of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center by providing funding for
physical, social and recreational services that further the rehabilitation process.
One hundered percent of every tax-deductible dollar donated to The Amigos Fund goes
directly to those in need.
Most of the adults and children who are Rancho inpatients and outpatients must endure
the severe disability that follows spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke,
neurological disorders and birth defects. Many remain hospitalized for months. Whether
the cause was injury or illness, their disabilities will last a lifetime. The Amigos
Fund, an auxiliary of the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, is dedicated to ensuring that
their lives are as productive and fulfilling as possible.
Since its inception in 1954, The Amigos Fund has generated and spent several million
dollars to meet the special needs of our patients. Purchases range from special
eyeglasses and hearing aids to infant car seats, wheelchair repairs, medical equipment,
transportation and housing needs. Amigos Fund dollars have brought countless hours of
enjoyment to hospital-bound patients through parties, holiday gifts, crafts, and tickets
to recreational events. Each year patients are afforded the opportunity to participate
in very special art, talent and fashion shows.
The County of Los Angeles supports direct patient care at Rancho. However, funds are
often limited and cannot provide for many items and services that offer a better
quality of life. Among the deserving are the children, whose families are already
overburdened by the tremendous expense of a child with a severe disability. The Amigos
Fund has purchased books, therapeutic toys, clothing and computers, which have helped
children and young adults return to school and college.
The Amigos Fund prides itself in responding quickly to requests from staff for
patient assistance. A board of Rancho and community volunteers meets regularly to
administer the fund. Emergency needs can be approved via telephone.
In addition to personal donations, The Amigos Fund receives funds from the Rancho
Los Amigos Thrift Store and weekly Bingo in collaboration
with the Downey Women’s Club.
Rancho Thrift Store
For the convenience of patients, family members, employees and friends, the
Rancho Los Amigos Foundation operates a Thrift Store on the hospital
grounds. All proceeds from these two shops are used by The Amigos Fund to directly
benefit patients of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.
The Thrift Store features gently worn clothing, household items, books and jewelry.
In addition to the items it sells, the Thrift Store provides clothing free of
charge to Rancho’s patients in need. This helps improve the self-esteem of the
patients who use this important service.
Over the years, the Thrift Store has helped provide support to
thousands of Rancho patients. In addition, the shops have contributed more than
$100,000 to the Amigos Fund. Every dollar has been used to help the Amigos Fund
carry out its mission to support Rancho’s patients.
For information on how to give to Rancho, please click here.
For More Information
Rancho Los Amigos Foundation
Telephone: (562) 401-7053
or contact us at:
The Amigos Fund
P.O. Box 2370
Downey, CA 90242
Page last updated March 5, 2013
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