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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Optimist Youth Homes and Family
Services owns and operates four
group homes in the Los Angeles
area, two of which are reserved
for girls.  Each houses six
adolescents and is staffed by a
supervising social worker who is
assisted by a facility manager and other youth care
counselors.

Many, though not all, of the residents in these homes are graduates from the main campus.
This provides a continuity of care model for our agency.  Other referrals are accepted
provided the youth are able to live in smaller community settings, depending upon the
community for activities such as recreation and/or education endeavors.  While many of the
residents in the group homes are educated in our own non-public or charter school, this is
not necessarily a requirement.  All receive mental health services from our professional
staff.

Recreational activities are typically scheduled in each group home with the input of the
residents.  When the Recreation Department has special outings or donations, the group
homes are often included.

Youth Care Counselors provide basic nurturing, structure and consistency of routine for the
youth.  Unlike the campus, the group homes also teach food preparation and laundry skills,
replicating a home-like setting. 

Like the main campus residential units, each home has its own particular rules and
regulations, while at the same time maintaining its own character, as defined by both staff
and residents.  Nevertheless, each home abides by the policies and procedures of the
agency.

For more information, please contact:
Tonia Tse, LCSW,
Clinical Director-STRTP
Email: ttse@oyhfs.org
RESIDENTIALLY BASED SERVICES
COMMUNITY GROUP HOMES
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like Optimist and change a child's
life today
" -Michaela Pereira, Anchor CNN Network News
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Optimist Youth Homes
& Family Services

6957 N. Figueroa St. Box 41-1076 Los Angeles, CA 90041-1076
Telephone: (323) 443-3175
www.OYHFS.org

Website management:
Email:rmartinez@oyhfs.org
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