Our story


Mary and her husband Ari first met as volunteers in Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row.  Until they saw for themselves, they would never have thought so many children were unhoused in Skid Row.

After news of their first pregnancy, they were excited to begin a family. Sadly, they experienced the heartbreak of a miscarriage. The loss strengthened their resolve to make a difference in the lives of families in need.

In 2013, Mary and her husband founded Worthy of Love to help unhoused families celebrate important life milestones. Every month since, they have held a festive and joyous birthday party for children experiencing homelessness.

The support of dedicated donors, sponsors and volunteers has enabled Worthy of Love to celebrate the lives of over 9,000 family members in Los Angeles County. 

After yet another lost pregnancy, Mary and Ari were blessed with two precious daughters. Zivah and Zetta attend each monthly party.

Our mission & Vision




Mission: Worthy of Love is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to transforming the way youth experience homelessness.

Vision: We envision a world where every child can celebrate major life milestones, regardless of their financial background or living environment. 
Our mission & Vision

The Worthy of Love Story