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

Mission & History

About David & Margaret


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 & Margaret’s mission.
                                                                                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.