David & Margaret
Youth and Family Services
1350 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Phone: (909) 596-5921
Fax: (909) 596-7583

Our History

Celebrating 105 Years!

Back in the 1800s when La Verne was known as Lordsburg, there was no child welfare system, no safety net for the underserved. Children who were orphaned or abandoned found themselves roaming the streets, struggling for survival and entirely dependent on the generosity of strangers. In 1892, local businessman Henry Kuns bought 18 acres of property and built the La Verne Hotel. In 1910, Mr. Kuns donated the hotel to the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church and they founded the David & Margaret Home for Children (later renamed David & Margaret Youth and Family Services) as the area’s first orphanage.

 

In 1925, the La Verne Hotel was in disrepair and Mr. Kuns donated more land and funds to build a safer facility to house the children, known today as the Whitney Building. For many years, much of the land was used as a farm to help feed the children and sustain the agency’s operations. In 1964, the first residential cottage was built to create a homelike environment for the children, with the final cottage built in 1995. In remaining true to David & Margaret’s spirit of sustainability, the Whitney Building houses a not-for-profit retail store that offers our community a variety of affordable foods and household items, the proceeds from which support David & Margaret’s mission.

 

Today David & Margaret serves more than 1,000 clients annually through a comprehensive range of services ranging from residentially based programs for adolescent girls to mental health services and treatment for learning disabilities. In 2015, The Campaign for David & Margaret was launched to support Cedar Springs Village. The complex will provide increased housing, a community center, and work force training center for youth transitioning out of foster care. David & Margaret is committed to using its resources and deep experience to continue providing the highest quality programs.