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

Our History

Renew Hope. Inspire Change.

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!