The first Rainbow
Resource Directory was published in 1979 by Glenda Riddick and was 56 pages
long. Its goal was to help people and organizations more efficiently
identify and access the wealth of low to no-cost resources available.
This inaugural directory was filled with
supportive articles and related resources for foster parents in Orange
County. There were only 12 chapters in the first edition and about 300
agency listings. Five years later there were 48 chapters and over 3,000
agency listings in the Orange County directory alone. Most of the
additional chapters were added in response to feedback from
users and college students. Eating Disorders and Self-Help Groups were first
added as separate chapters in 1985.
In 1988, the first edition of the Los
Angeles Directory was published and new chapters for AIDS/STD,
Youth/Anti-Gang Resources, and Correctional/Prison/Probation were added to the chapter
listings. Separate chapters for Volunteer Opportunities and Teen Pregnancy
were added in 1991 and the first editions were published for Riverside and
San Bernardino Counties. LGBT Resource and Programs was added in 2012. Even with careful editing of the services covered,
the Los Angeles County Directory has grown to include over 12,000 listings.
Today we are proud to be the leading
social services referral guide in California, publishing three directories
containing over 20,000 listings.
Rainbow Resource Directories
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