Type of Organization
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services is a (501-C-3) charitable non-profit organization
established in 1906 and chartered in 1934, whose mission is to provide innovative and
individualized treatment, education and support services to children, young adults, and families to
better their lives. It is the largest provider of residential services to Probation youth in the state of
Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (C.O.A.) and the Western Association of
Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The major portion of funding (95%) is provided through contracts with county and state agencies
throughout California. Private fundraising to the tune of $1,000,000 yearly is required to balance the
budget. This is accomplished through individual, corporate and foundation donations and several
local Optimist clubs. Less than 10% of funds received are used for administrative overhead
meaning over 90% of our funding is designated for service to children and families.
Sources of Referrals
Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services, and Mental Health, and
Probation Departments from 18 counties throughout California.
Located on five acres of residential hillside property in Highland Park, a neighborhood in the
northeast section of the City of Los Angeles. Eight other locations are located throughout Los
Angeles County including Pacific Lodge Youth Services in Woodland Hills.
Type of Services
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services’ core program is 24-hour residential-care with the main
facility for 85 boys in Highland Park, and Pacific Lodge Youth Services, a 51 bed ten acre campus
in Woodland Hills. The agency also operates two group homes that care for six boys each and two
group homes for six girls each; a Resource Family Agency with 60 children in resource family
homes; a Charter School for Probation and Foster youth, and a variety of Mental Health programs,
most of which are community based.
12 - 19 for Residential, Group Home, and School Programs; newborn through 21 for foster care
and adoptions, and 5-21 for Mental Health Programs.
Programs and Activities
Extensive individual, group and family therapy; education; recreation and athletic activities;
healthcare programs; participation in community activities, vocational and emancipation training;
cultural arts; case management, substance abuse treatment, mentoring, and ancillary therapy
programs for 650 children and families each day.
Of the youth who are followed up through the agency’s aftercare program 65% are crime free and
no longer in need of any type of out of home placement one year after discharge. For more
outcomes please visit the agency’s website.
Tel: 323-443-3127 Website: www.oyhfs.org