Since 1972, Hotline of Southern California listeners have assisted
more than 600,000 callers in resolving their problems. Initially,
Hotline was aimed at helping teenagers in the Los Alamitos area;
but through the years, Hotline has grown and changed with the times.
Today, listeners speak monthly with more than 2,000 men, women
and teens from throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County.

Hotline was founded by the late Myldred E. Jones, who recognized
that young people need a special place to turn for help. After an
exemplary career in the Navy as a lieutenant commander, Myldred
became very active in the community. As a consultant to then-
California Governor Ronald Reagan, she conducted a study of youth
problems in the state and initiated one of the first adolescent hotlines
at Children's Hospital, known as the West Orange County Hotline,
which eventually became the Hotline of Southern California. Sadly,
we lost Myldred Jones in 2006; she was 96 years old.

Myldred Jones received many awards and commendations over
the years, including:

U.S. Navy Relief Society Meritorious Award - 1960
Humanitarian of the Year, American Red Cross - 1968
Alexis de Tocqueville Society of Orange County Award - 1987
Presidential Recognition Award for Community Service -- 1988
Diocese of Orange, Catholic Volunteer Woman of the Year - 1993
SERTOMA Recipient, Orange County Volunteer Recognition - 1994
Pope John XXIII Award - 1995
Americana Woman of the Year, Cypress College Foundation - 1998
Honorary Doctorate in Public Service, Santa Clara University -- 1998

Myldred Jones was also founder and vice president of the Creative
Listeners Guild; founder and executive board member of Casa Youth
Shelter; founder of WE CARE; and board member of Precious Life

Myldred Jones, Founder
1910 - 2006