La Verne, CA 91750
Phone: (909) 596-5921
Fax: (909) 596-7583
The David and Margaret Home for Children was established as an orphanage in 1910, by the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (and now is in a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Women national office). Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kuns of La Verne had donated an old hotel on 17 ½ acres of land. David & Margaret is named in memory of Mr. Kuns’ parents and son.
· In 1925, Mr. Kuns donated more land and funds to build a larger and safer facility for the children. This all-concrete building today houses administration and various program offices. For many years, much of the land was used as a working farm, which helped to feed the children and to support the agency’s expenses.
· In 1946, the decision was made to no longer accept children under six years of age. In 1967 the Board voted to phase out care of boys to become a treatment center for adolescent girls.
· A specialized on-grounds school opened in 1964. The Joan Macy School now serves the majority of our residents, as well as students referred from surrounding school districts.
· The first residential cottage was built in 1964 to provide a more homelike environment; and over the next few years five more were added. A final cottage was built in 1995 to accommodate up to 70 girls on the main campus.
· In 1967, the first of four off-campus group homes was purchased, with the capacity for six girls each, allowing more integration in the community for those who are ready.
· In 1975, the Women’s Division of the Methodist Church deeded the property to the David & Margaret Home, Inc. with the provision that it would continue to be used to care for children and families.
· The Foster Family Agency started in 1986 to serve residents ready for a family setting. The agency now places boys and girls from infants to age 17 with caring foster families.
· The Learning Enhancement Center opened in 1990, providing neuro-developmental therapy to residents and foster children as well as private clients with learning difficulties.
· David & Margaret contracted with Los Angeles County in 1998 to teach vocational skills to foster youth ages 16 to 21 in our area.
· During the 90s and 00s, Community-Based Education programs were added, including Alcohol & Drug Intervention/Anger Management and Bullying & Harassment Awareness.
· In 2004, a Mental Health contract was signed with Los Angeles County to provide counseling and related services to youth and families in the surrounding community.
· In 2005, David & Margaret added three new Community-Based Programs: Family Preservation, School-Based Mentoring and School-Based Counseling.
· In the Spring of 2006, a Transitional Living & Care Program was launched to provide housing and support services for young adults recently emancipated from foster care.
· In 2008 the agency added adoption assistance and a self-injury program.
· In July 2009 a mentoring program for foster care and probation youth in the Eastern region of the county was instituted. The agency also added a California State Certified chemical dependency program and therapy for residents who are recovering from substance abuse or other addictions.
· In 2010 we celebrated our 100th birthday with clients, community and advocates!