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Alumni Inspiring Stories
Leroy "Roy" Evans (Class 1949-1954)
Actually, I always look back on my five years at LeRoy's as some of the best of my life. At the home I experienced so many things that I know I would not have had the chance to do where I came from. At LeRoy's I went deep sea fishing, went to the annual Lion's club minstrel show, sold papers every year at the Los Angeles County Fair, went hiking up the hills with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh and one year we had a booth at a local park carnival.....It was a slingshot booth with different size bottles and prizes. The smaller bottles (perfume type) we had on an old record player turntable going round and round...those were the hard ones!
I think us kids broke more bottles than our customers! One year in a parade in Pomona my pal Alan and I wanted to ride but there were no more bikes. So Uncle Roy came to the rescue and brought his daughters bikes and a couple of their old dresses, plus a sign for our back saying "LeRoy's Boys Home". We had a ball!
Leroy "Roy" Evans (Class 1962-1967)
I lived at Le Roy’s from about 1962 to 1967. I started out Living in Thurber cottage and my dorm parent was Aunt Thelma. Thurber was for kids in about the 5th – 6th grades. The dorm, I think, had about 10 or 12 kids in it. We each shared a cubicle and the floors were always cleaned and waxed; primarily because we couldn’t wear our shoes in the dorm and secondly they were cleaned regularly. I remember Aunt Thelma reading the Bible to us each night before going to sleep. It was really a great place to live, because we had a great setting amongst the trees and the hills where we could play and take hikes and participate in sports, and had a predictable schedule. I remember summers spent riding our home - made skate boards around the tennis court which is now a gymnasium, and playing baseball and going two to three times a day to the swimming pool, or taking hikes up the canyon behind the home chasing the cows and throwing rocks at the 1930s car in the ravine layin...
Andre Bossieux (1997-2007, Staff)
I came to LeRoy Haynes Center in 1979 for a part time job because I hated my job at Taco Bell while attending ULV. Who knew that I would spend my whole adult life here serving kids and their families? My family and I have made so many friends in the community over the years. I love La Verne & LeRoys and this will ALWAYS be my home. –Dre
I just celebrated my 42nd Anniversary and retirement on 9/29/2011. It has been a great privilege to work here all those years. I have seen many changes over the years, but Uncle LeRoy’s mission of having a safe place for boys to live and learn is still true today and that warms my heart!
I have many wonderful memories and will miss being here day to day! What I will miss the most is connecting with former residents as they drop in or call–so maybe this website will help some of us keep in touch.
I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful retirement celebration–a lasting memory, for sure! It was nice to see former residents from every decade!!