Sam McCall: New Youth Center Board member is fulfilling a life purpose


By Laurie Hanson

Not only does he build for a living, long time Cypress resident, business owner Sam McCall of Cal Custom Interiors believes in building up the lives of young people as the newest addition to the Youth Center Board of Directors.

A general contractor since 1976 in his own family-run business that proudly serves Los Alamitos and the surrounding communities, McCall first learned about The Youth Center when purchasing a Christmas tree from their lot at Ganhal Lumber.

“After talking with people at the lot and seeing signs for The Youth Center, I decided I wanted to make an impact and join a worthy cause,” McCall said who has supported the award-winning nonprofit on a volunteer basis for the past five to six years. “This past year, I wanted to take it to the next level and join the board.”

“I love that the Board of Directors are helping young people in the community, and giving them a launching pad for their lives,” he added. “That cause really seemed to resonate with me.”

McCall said it’s his personal desire as a board member to help an incredible group of individuals who are like-minded and are giving with their hearts.  He added no one on it is self-serving, and that everyone on The Youth Center’s board cares and are passionate about their service.

“This isn’t about personal accomplishments or ego,” he said. “I just hope to help this organization make a difference in the community and create opportunities for others. There are some very intelligent people on the board, and I want to do my part to make an impact.”

McCall’s philosophy for giving back to future generations lies in his belief that it’s his God-given purpose in life, the reason why he is here on earth. He said he often asks himself what he can do to give a helping hand and make the world a better place.

“Not everyone is born with the same opportunities,” he said. “I want to serve as a guide, when possible, to lead people to grateful and prosperous lives.”

Since 1952, it’s been the mission of The Youth Center to transform lives one family at a time. For more information, please visit online at


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