Optimist Youth Homes
& Family Services

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

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Type of Organization: Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services (legal name: Optimist Boys Home and Ranch Inc.) 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 California.

Accreditations: Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (C.O.A.) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Annual Budget: $41,000,000

Financial Support: 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, Mental Health, and Probation Departments from 18 counties throughout California.

Main Facility: 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 a 24-hour residential-care STRTP 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 community based STRTP’s that care for six boys each and two community based STRTP’s for six girls each; a Resource Family Agency with 60 children in foster family homes; a Charter School for Probation and Foster youth, and a variety of Mental Health programs, many of which are community based.

Age Range: 12 - 21 for STRTP programs, 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, LGBTQ services, and ancillary therapy programs for 700 children and families each day.

Outcomes: 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.

Contact: 323-443-3127 www.oyhfs.org Tax ID: 951643340