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 Our Beginnings
Whom We Serve
Miss Ettie Lee, a retired Los Angeles high school teacher, founded Ettie Lee in 1950 when she opened the first group home in America that used a married couple as home parents.  Since then, Ettie Lee Youth and Family Services has expanded in response to the increasingly complex needs of children in our care.  Last year Ettie Lee served 499 un-duplicated boys and girls and their families: 67% were Hispanic, 19% African-American, 7% Caucasian, 4% Mixed, 2% Native American and Other 1%. Over 97% were from low-income and/or disadvantaged families.

“My name is Carl and I consider myself one of your success stories. I was a troubled youth and was placed at Oak Knolls in Azusa from about 1977 – 1979. After turning 18 and completing your program I moved to Utah and completed the Automotive program at Utah Tech. After working for Goodyear for 13 years, I opened my own auto business. I also became an instructor at Bryman Schools teaching automotives. It was during this time that I met my wife of 25 years. I now have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.”

Carl (2007) Oak Knolls Home, ‘79