A Thanksgiving Thank You!

Jason, a local radio DJ, was a product of a single family home and remembers how difficult holidays were for him and his mother. He reached out to us wanting to help a single parent family, so they didn't have to experience what he did during the holidays. We introduced him to April (an Extended Family grant award recipient and a hard working single mother). Jason met with her and spent his time and money to provide a Thanksgiving April and her kids will cherish forever!

From all of us at Extended Family, Thank you Jason - You Rock!


Wonderful News! Email Received August 29, 2016:

Good Morning Mark and other members of EF,
I wanted to follow up and let you know that we are doing great. I actually switched jobs again. An old boss I worked with thought so highly of me as to extend an offer for a great position 50k salary plus bonus and great benefits for my children and I. Court dates are set for child support so my kids can have everything they need and join sports or other activities.

I am now able to get things in order. I have a plan in place and first thing is to fix my credit, this will allow me to get a reliable vehicle and have a back up credit card and in the future (when the real estate market is better) purchase a home.

Its still not easy but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Things are really looking up. Hopefully my rainy day savings can actually have a balance too! : )

I want to thank you all for what you do, It changes lives for those of us who have no one else to turn to. My hope is that in the near future I can be a beacon of light for someone like myself.

Forever Grateful,

Sonia Mendoza and Family


Extended Family Recognized by Hennig Ruiz Law Firm:
5 Resources for Single Parents in Southern California.


Ralphs Community Rewards Program

Shop at Ralphs...

Support Extended Family!

It's as easy as 1-2-3

Step 1: Go to and LOG ON to your existing account OR Create A New Account (it's easy and free!).

Step 2: Once logged in, CLICK on YOUR NAME located in the top right corner.

3. Go to the COMMUNITY REWARDS section at the BOTTOM OF this PAGE and Re-Enroll / FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS to link your card to Extended Family (when searching for organization you can use our Ralph's organization number 94505).

That's it. Thank you!


Courtyard at the Commons honors "Extended Family mom" Saturday May 9th The Courtyard at the Commons in Calabasas will be honoring all moms and celebrating one special Extended Family mom. The event is from 12-4pm and will also feature a live band, a rose and gift card giveaway, photos, a raffle at every hour and a surprise $250 gift card raffle at 3:45 p.m. Many of the retail stores are offering 10 to 20 percent storewide discounts the day of the event.


Hidden Hills Magazine features Extended Family
A wonderful article about Extended Family appeared in the Premier Issue, Winter 2014/15 Issue, of Hidden Hills Magazine in the Charities of Choice Section.

Eat at Rosti Calabasas or Encino and Help Extended Family!
When you let Rosti Tuscan Kitchen in Calabasas or Encino cook for you on July 21 to July 23 and Mention Extended Family 15% goes to the Charity. Print Flyer.


Casting Call - Make-Over For Mothers:

We were recently contacted by Christine Walsh who is a casting director for a new show and searching for a SoCal mother.

Are you an overwhelmed mother that needs a full refresh?  Are you always rushing around leaving no time to pamper yourself? Do you find it harder than expected to discipline your children? From Lighthearted Entertainment, the Producers of Extreme Makeover and MTV’s Are You The One, comes an original series based on helping mothers regain control of their life.

You will receive a full beauty makeover, help from a fashion stylist, and life coach to provide support to you and your children!

To submit please email
Phone Number:
City and State:
Brief Bio:
Description of what life help you need:
3-4 Pictures:



May 18, 2014 Ethan Toeg (a 13 yr old resident of Hidden Hills, CA) had a bake sale and raised almost $600 for Extended Family during a team sorting horse event at the Saddle Creek Arena.

Ethan Toeg with his father (Eric) and founder of Extended Family, Mark Carmer
Ethan Toeg with his father (Eric) and Mark Carmer


May 10, 2014 Mother's Day Event at Courtyard at the Commons in Calabasas, CA Dedicated to Extended Family®

Courtyard at the Commons in Calabasas Mother's Day Event

Extended Family is a GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant!

Courtyard at the Commons Mother's Day Event with Extended Family - Saturday, May 10th from 12-4pm. Get the info.

April 28, 2014, Release of first video on YouTube - an introduction to Extended Family®:

Extended Family Introduction Video

March 3, 2014 - Extended Family® gives Canoga Park mom something to celebrate!


The Magazine of Santa Clarita
Extended Family® featured in The Magazine of Santa
on February 25, 2014.

Extended Family Helps Single Mom in Moorpark
Extended Family® was featured on page 8 in the May, 2013 edition of The Community Link Newspaper in an article titled Extended Family Is At It Again In Moorpark.


Media Release, May 2, 2013 - LaToya Jones

Movie Day Fundraiser, benefiting Extended Family, hosted by middle schooler is a big success! See pictures from the event

Media Release, April 23, 2013 - Misty Cicero

Amanda Feenberg will be hosting a movie day on April 28th @ 10am at the Woodland Hills AMC

If you live in the San Fernando Valley or surrounding area and wanted to join in with others in the community to see a great movie (42 - The Jackie Robinson Story) and support a great cause (Extended Family) please join us! Tickets are $18 each. 

Also, please tell anyone else who you think might be interested.Thank you in advance for your support!


On March 12, 2013 the Extended Family® trademark was approved, registration number 4300543. Extended Family is the registered trademark of Mark Carmer. All rights reserved.

Extended Family featured in Community Link Newspaper







Extended Family® was featured on the front page of The Community Link Newspaper in an article titled 'Extended Family' Gives Support To Locals In Need, written by Kelly Green.


Media Release, January 17, 2013 - Marlene Sarni


Media Release, December 19, 2012 - Brianna DiOssi

Good Morning Mark,

I can’t find words to express my gratitude for your assistance in my time of need. When I received the grant letter and check I couldn’t stop tears from coming down my face. I get discouraged often, but your organization lets me know there are people who do care and want to see others succeed. Through all of my “character building” I am able to smile :) this was the help that I have been praying for, I’m grateful! My family and I just want to say thank you and we appreciate your quick response to our need.

I have given information about Extended Family to [a committee within my company]. They assist with getting donations for non profit organizations and I hope that they are able to get donations sent to you so that more families in need can benefit from the wonderful work you do!

We took the picture at the YMCA this morning!

Thank you! 


Media Release, December 13, 2012 - Vickie Thompson

November 12, 2012 email from Vickie Thompson:

Mr Mark

Me and my twins thank you very much for the award grant. Thanks to you and Extended Family I am able to stay in my home. My boys are my air Mr Mark, without them I can't breathe so I will most deffinately continue to fight! Your gift to us touched me deeply, there are just not enough words to say how deeply it touched me. We are truly appreciative and grateful for your kindness!

Thank you again Mr Mark, and we wish you, your family, your twin and Extended Family a blessed Xmas! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! God bless!

Ms Vickie


Media Release, December 11, 2012 - Veronica Machado


Media Release, December 4, 2012 - Jasmine Pérez

November 29th email from one of our Extended Family members who gives back:

"Hi there how are you? Kids and I are doing good. We used the info you gave us to feed the homeless and drove out to Sunland and were able to help set up the shelter for the night and the kids helped pass out hot chocolate. They loved it and want to go back..."

In November of 2012 MaxxLaine Alexis and her twelve-year-old daugther were sleeping in their car, but now have a place to call home thanks to a grant from Extended Family.

Media Release, November 27, 2012 - MaxLaine Alexis

Melissa Nye is a single mom of a one-year old daughter who is employed as an administrative assistant in the graduate admissions department at the school where she is obtaining her Master's degree in Education. Extended Family gave Melissa a grant in the amount of $6,000 to assist with school expenses, past due bills, needed car repairs, childcare expenses, as well as clothes and necessities for her daughter.

Media Release, October 2, 2012 - Melissa Nye

In September, 2012 Extended Family awarded Alex Vasquez and her three children with spending money for new clothes, school supplies, and daycare expenses. We also paid off the balance on her credit card. Additionally, Extended Family paid her past due balance owed for college and agreed to pay up to $2,500.00 towards future school tuition, in an effort to enable her to continue her education and improve the quality of life for herself and her children.

Media Release, September 5, 2012 - Alex Vasquez

Jasmine Bush and her three-year-old daughter, Isis, didn't have a safe place to live, but thanks to Extended Family they now have a place to call home. Read more and see pictures.

Media Release, August 27, 2012 - Jasmine Bush

On August 10, 2012 the future became a little brighter for Lacey Grenstiner and her son. Extended Family awarded her a grant to pay for a past due medical bill and other past due bills that were with collection agencies. Additionally, to assist with the continuation of Lacey's college education, Extended Family agreed to assist with the cost of her college tuition, books and supplies - including a computer.

Media Release, August 10, 2012 - Lacey Grenstiner

In July of 2012 Extended Family prevented a former foster youth from becoming homeless by providing funding for rent, furniture, groceries, clothing and a phone. The youth, who receives mental health and case management services from the Child and Family Guidance Center, is now on her way to overcoming unexpected roadblocks on her journey to independence.

Headline on the front page of the GIVING section of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal on June 25, 2012 was Extended Family Helps a Van Nuys Preschool Teacher.

In June 2012, Extended Family® provided funding for one month’s rent and sorely needed furniture and appliances for a single parent family receiving mental health and adjunctive services from the Child and Family Guidance Center. This generous grant will allow the family to move forward to full self-sufficiency.

Media Release, June 7, 2012 - Yesenia Quintanilla

In June of 2012 Extended Family® formed an ongoing relationship with Child & Family Guidance Center in an effort to locate and assist deserving families in need. 

Our story about assisting the first member of the West Valley Boys & Girls Club appeared on page 5 of the Volume 8 Number 1 2012 edition of West Valley News.

SFV Business JournalIn the January 23, 2012 edition of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal a news article appeared (along with a picture). The headline was Single Father Receives $7,000 Grant for Expenses and the short description read:

Donate: Extended Family® gives check to first member of Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Giving: First member of West Valley Boys & Girls Club gets $7,000 grant.

January 13, 2012, the Yablon family story appeared in Digital Producer Magazine.

January 13, 2012, Yablon family media release featured on

January 13, 2012, features the Yablon family as one of it's top stories and also features the story in the Education section of their news website.

Read The Valley Vantage Article on January 12, 2012 January 12, 2012, featured in the Community section of The Weekly Valley Vantage paper for working with the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley to assist Eric and Jaylen Castillo.

January 12, 2012, featured in the Community section of the Temple Judea website: Judeans Helping Judeans: One of our congregants and his family will receive some much-needed help, thanks to Extended Family...

Media Release, January 12, 2012 - Yablon family

Yablon Family Happy
Mark Carmer (founder of Extended Family®) meets with the Yablon Family
at their home on January 8, 2012.

January 5, 2012 - Extended Family is now on Facebook

Media Release, January 4, 2012 - Eric and Jaylen Castillo

Orange County Register, August 26, 2011 - Gabriel Nunez


Media Release, August 26, 2011 - Gabriel Nunez

January 20, 2011 - Extended Family® receives letter from IRS approving application for tax exempt status. Extended Family is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Your donations are tax deductible. What started out as a dream, to help struggling single parent families, has turned into a reality!

March 17, 2010 - Extended Family® is founded.

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A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation, Federal Tax ID 30-0647311
Extended Family is the registered trademark of Mark Carmer. All rights reserved.