David & Margaret
empowers children, youth, and families through culturally diverse services that
foster emotional, educational, spiritual, and identity development.
Back in the 1800s when the city of 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, First National
Bank president, Henry Kuns, purchased 18 acres of property and constructed the
La Verne Hotel. In 1910, Mr. Kuns donated the hotel to the Women’s Home
Missionary Society of the Methodist Church to establish the David & Margaret
Home for Children as the area’s first orphanage, named after his parents.
The La Verne Hotel (ca. 1910) The Whitney Building (built in 1925)
By 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.
The children began to transition out of the Whitney Building in 1964 when the first
residential cottage was built to create a homelike environment, with the final cottage built in 1995. Since the early 90s, a store located in the Whitney Building has offered our community affordable
food and household items whose proceeds support David &
Cedar Springs Village
Today and Tomorrow
Today David & Margaret serves more than 1,000 clients annually through a comprehensive range of services. In 2015, The Campaign for David & Margaret was launched to construct the Cedar Springs Village. It will provide increased housing, a community center, and work force training center for youth transitioning out of foster care. Cedar Springs will be one of the largest centers of its kind in Southern California. David & Margaret is committed to using its resources and deep experience to continue providing the highest quality programs.