In 1997, we adjusted our focus to best serve our community. After much study and training, we chose a new issue area: Nurturing Children Through Family Support. At the start, we concentrated the majority of our efforts on the James Madison Elementary School and surrounding community in Pasadena. We embarked on a long term commitment to the children and families of this community by contributing over $1.5 million and over 50,000 volunteer hours over 9 years. The Madison Neighborhood Village and Cornerstone Cottage (which the JLP bought, refinished, and deeded to the Pasadena Unified School District) are places where children, their families, and neighborhood residents can convene for enrichment activities, academic support, literacy development, and a variety of health and human services.