We are proud of our heritage of making a positive impact on the lives of children and families in need. For some, McKinley is a safe haven for a brief period of time. For others, McKinley’s influence becomes a transformative experience that will never be forgotten.
“The main thing that I enjoyed about being a McKinley was the exposure to a variety of activities.”
“McKinley was a safe haven for me during a very difficult period of my childhood.”
“McKinley was the first time I’d ever have consistency in my life, a place to call home, a school with people that I would see day after day.”
“I look upon my time at McKinley as what made me most of the man I am today.”
A LOOK THROUGH HISTORY
The Industrial Home Society was born through the vision and courage of the Reverend and Mrs. Uriah Gregory. The Home would later, in admiration for the late President William McKinley, take his name.
Following World War I, the Home expanded beyond its original 33-acre ranch site in Artesia. Through the gifts and extraordinary efforts of Mr. Mericos Whittier and the Kiwanis Club of Los Angeles, a new 200-acre site in Van Nuys was acquired. The new home was completed in 1923 and the capacity rose from 100 to 250 boys.
Today’s McKinley campus opened in 1961, when ninety-six boys set foot on the campus for the first time. During the next two decades, McKinley would continue to address the needs of the communities it serves by steadily increasing the level of its program intensity.
McKinley earned a psychiatric rating from the State of California in 1985. This new rating set into motion the significant expansion of treatment programs and services at McKinley.
Another milestone was reached in 1992 with the establishment of the agency’s own non-public school on the grounds of the main campus in San Dimas. After 20 years as a public program operated by the Los Angeles County School System, McKinley’s Canyon View School became a direct component of the agency’s service spectrum. For the first time in our history, educational services joined therapeutic, recreational, and residential services in a single, cohesive program of healing and growth for our children.
The Center’s name is changed to McKinley Children’s Center to reflect an expansion of services for both boys and girls.
Through a contract with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, McKinley began providing mental health services to minors who are Medi-Cal recipients and who meet medical necessity to obtain treatment.
McKinley attains accreditation through the Council on Accreditation, which affirms their commitment to providing the best possible care and services to their youth and families
McKinley’s Training Services becomes accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training
McKinley opens Desert View School to provide for the educational needs of the High Desert Area of San Bernardino.
McKinley begins the Full Service Partnership program, providing mental health services to adults in Palmdale who are at risk of homelessness.
McKinley starts providing mental health services to youth and families residing in Riverside County
McKinley Children’s Center officially becomes McKinley, reflecting our ongoing mission to serve children, their families, and the larger community.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR MCKINLEY
As our program grows and changes, we look forward to serving even more members of the community. New programs include:
Desert View School serving the High Desert area of San Bernardino County
Full Service Partnership program serving adults at risk of homelessness
Expansion of Mental Health Services into Riverside County