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Mission Statement


We are FMWC, a grass roots non-profit dedicated to creating a better America through addressing the economical, social and educational needs of those who have been disenfranchised.

Our mission is to restore impoverished communities by restoring the lives of those who are challenged by unemployment, lack of education, homelessness, and incarceration. FMWCis helping to bridge gaps and bridge gaps and overcome obstacles to better living.

Our philosophy: Restore Hope, Educate and Build Brighter Futures for a Healthy America.vercome obstacles to better living.

FMWC serve each individual regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Since its inception in 1997 by Fonzell Bishop and Linda Kelly, FMWC has been concerned with the economical advancement of the disadvantaged. Initially, FMWC created the Inspired Scholars Program, providing support and funding for students whose parents were incarcerated.

FMWC help in tackling the causes of poverty with assisting the urgent communities at large and in immediate need. FMWC is a 501 (c) (3) social service charity. The primary focus of FMWC is crime prevention through reunification and support of families with children and youths whose physical or moral welfare are at risk. FMWC recognize the economic hardship within the misplaced, underserved, overlooked, and foster care children upon emancipation from the system, and the ex-felons, but is also aware of the economic hardships that may fall upon anyone. FMWC would like to be there with an extended hand in helping those who have fallen upon these economic hardships. FMWC inclusive philosophy and desire is to serve those who need to be served. These services are opened to anyone affected by violence as a survivor or perpetrator or witness. This also includes those affected by unemployment and the feelings of there are no one to turn to for help.

Low to Mid-income families are faced with a host of different challenges. These families are faced with hardship of clothing, food, shelter, education, and entertaining the children as FMWC look for and find ways in helping with these hardship.


Foster Care Children, At-Risk Youth, and Veterans

Fathers and Mothers Who Care (FMWC ) is a social service agency in this county servingthe needs of families at risk. We recently acquired a building but it needs major repairs and renovations to comply with city building codes because we had a fire. A huge fire which destroyed the site for our Resource and Veterans Housing Center and without your support it will be hard for us to rebuild.

In 2009, Argyle Prevost, President of FMWC, who served in the war in Iraq, discovered firsthand the huge numbers veterans who were homeless, unemployed and with very few resources. These veterans faced some of the same challenges as the formally incarcerated. To help eradicate this problem, FMWC developed a referral and support system to help Veterans start their own businesses. By providing this connection back to society, FMWC restores pride, gives hope, and helps to reconnect Veterans to their families and communities.

In 2012, in an effort to provide economical empowerment, FMWC expanded its program to include adult literacy, financial literacy, and basic computer skills.


Our Other Services include:

* Do Blue...........Men's Cancer Awareness Project

* What If...........Exposing Green Technology through the S.T.E.A.M. School Program

* Fundraising ...Weekly BBQ and Clothing Drive

The following year in 2013, FMWC began negotiations to purchase the property located at 10975 S. Vermont Ave., LA, CA., in an attempt to provide affordable housing to Veterans and Ex-Felons, and a much needed Resource Center.

The Resource Center would offer a full range of supports and services, case management, including pre-employment services (job seeking skills and job readiness), job placement, job retention services, and job coaching. The goal is to restore hope, encourage and uplift our discouraged Veterans and Ex-Felons through the sense of pride, satisfaction and self-worth that comes from earning real wages from meaningful careers.

On December 30, 2013 at approximately 2:00a.m. we received a frightening phone call informing us that our building was on fire. Please click on the links below to see actual Footage.


  1. Los Angeles County Fire Department http://youtu.be/I4wB_hdlmvQ

  2. Fire Rescue 1 http://www.firerescue1.com/church-fire/articles/1641472-Firefighters-knock-down-Los-Angeles-church-fire/

  3. NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Firefighters-Fire-South-LA-Westmont-Church-237974981.html

    We were devastated. A four alarm fire completely destroyed the site for the residential housing Center. Investigation results concluded that we were victims of arson.

    The individual involved was jailed. Unfortunately there was no insurance on the property at the time and since then; we have been operating solely on private contributions and fundraisers.




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