While working as a youth authority chaplain, LeRoy Haynes came to believe there was a more effective way of helping many of the trouble boys he saw. He felt that intervention and treatment in a home-like setting were crucial if these boys were to become productive adults. So, in October 1946, he and his wife Jean used their life savings to purchase the Reynolds estate in La Verne, California. There they opened the doors of LeRoy Boys’ Home to 10 residents.
Almost 70 years later, “Uncle LeRoy’s” legacy has evolved to encompass 18 buildings, including six residential cottages and a state certified K-12 non-public school. Annually Haynes Family of Programs serves more than 450 boys and girls of all ages, and their families, through four programs:
In 1994, LeRoy Boys’ Home changed its name to LeRoy Haynes Center, which better communicated the depth and richness of the agency’s services. In 2014, LeRoy Haynes Center, officially became Haynes Family of Programs, to once again further define the growing family of programs that are offered not only at our facilities, but throughout the Southern California region.
Haynes Family of Programs has grown from a small operation serving just a handful of children into one of the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit organizations of its kind. It is dedicated to helping children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism, Asperger’s Disorder, learning disabilities, abuse, neglect and abandonment.