Residential Program

 "I was at David & Margaret in 1989. When I was placed there I was angry, fought with everyone, and my sister had just died. I was in Lowery Cottage. I am still in contact with staff there, appreciate all they did for me, and someday I am going to write a book for young girls on how to overcome problems. I am 34-years old, happily married and the mother of four children. I am just starting school to become a Psychiatric Technician so I can help people the way I was helped." - Renee


The cornerstone of David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is our Residential Program.  This highly specialized program provides adolescent girls, ages 11 to 21, with therapeutic and academic services designed to nurture their physical, psychological and educational development.  To achieve this goal, we provide a comprehensive array of services for our residents:


§         Mental Health Services – individual, group and family therapy provided by licensed and Masters-level clinicians.

§         Recovery Services – California State Certified chemical dependency program and therapy for residents who are recovering from substance abuse or other addictions.

§         Independent Living Skills Program – empowering youth with skills necessary for success after emancipation.

§         Emergency Shelter – providing therapeutic and academic services for female youth who are eligible and awaiting permanent placment or reunification.

§         Joan Macy School – a non-public school with special-education certified teachers and a low student-to-teacher ratio.

§         Recreation & Fitness Program – emphasizing health and wellness through exercise, healthy diet, therapeutic outings, camping, arts and crafts.

§         Mentor Program – matches residents with responsible adult role models and provides similar mentoring services to specific Los Angeles County DCFS and probation youth in the Eastern Region.

Located on a scenic 14-acre campus, our Residential Program provides girls with the support and treatment needed to continue their journey of recovery and growth.  Our goal is that all of our residents learn to discover and ultimately realize their value and potential as young women. 


We are licensed to welcome up to 40 girls in four cottages on our campus.  Our Residential Program receives referrals from county and state departments such as DCFS, Probation, Juvenile Courts and the Department of Mental Health.  



Intake Coordinator

(909) 596-5921, x3155