24/7 Phone:  310-258-4063

History of the Westside Empowerment Center

Serving the Westside Regional Center catchment area (hyperlink catchment area) since 1990, the WFREC has provided resources, information and support to individuals served by Westside Regional Center, (WRC), their birth families, families of choice and professionals in our community. We provide parent to parent support, sibling support, workshops, trainings, support groups, parenting classes and systems of care navigation with follow through to the actual connection.

In 2000, our FRC was one of the first 13 to be awarded a Family Empowerment Center grant through the California Department of Education, (CDE), allowing us to serve children 3 through 21 who were identified as qualifying for special education services. The Empowerment Center grant has allowed us to serve children who do and do not qualify for Lanterman services, thereby allowing us to expand to even more families in our community. We were selected as a CaPromise center, which gave us the ability to work with DDS, Department of Rehabilitation, Social Security, CDE and the Family Resource Center Network of California.

In 2022, we started our Community Navigator Program which will provide trainings and resources related to IHSS, MediCal, Social Security, Housing, and other related generic resources. Our staff are made up of self-advocates and bilingual, experienced parents and siblings who are ready to help whenever you need it.

Contact Info

Phone: 310-258-4063

Email: contact@wfrec.com

Address: 5901 Green Valley Circle #320, Culver City, CA 90230

Hours of Operation: 9:00 - 5:00 Mon-Fri

If you want us to contact you, go to our contact us page by clicking here or by calling us at 310-258-4063.

Meet Our Team

These are the passionate and patient people of Westside Regional and Family Empowerment Center.

Liz Spencer is the mother of two sons. Her oldest, Jace, was born in 1988 with a diagnosis of Down syndrome and ventricular septal defect. Her youngest son, Thomas is a UCSB graduate. Liz began working as an education advocate in 1993 with a specialty in Full Inclusion. In 1999, she began working at Westside Regional Center as the Director of the Family Resource and Empowerment center. While it was Jace who directed Liz into the “field” of Disability Rights, Liz counts both of her sons as her life’s most profound teachers.

Liz Spencer is the mother of two sons. Her oldest, Jace, was born in 1988 with a diagnosis of Down syndrome and ventricular septal defect. Her youngest son, Thomas is a UCSB graduate. Liz began working as an education advocate in 1993 with a specialty in Full Inclusion. In 1999, she began working at Westside Regional Center as the Director of the Family Resource and Empowerment center. While it was Jace who directed Liz into the “field” of Disability Rights, Liz counts both of her sons as her life’s most profound teachers.