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Hollygrove was founded in 1880 as the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society. Since its inception, Hollygrove has cared for more than 20,000 children. In 1912, Hollygrove moved from downtown LA to the “country” - a 3.5-acre campus in Hollywood donated by Senator Cornelius Cole, adjacent to the Paramount lot. In 1935, nine-year old Marilyn Monroe came to live at Hollygrove.

Until 2005, Hollygrove provided residential treatment services for abused or neglected children in the foster care system. Some were born addicted to drugs, experienced sexual and physical abuse, and had witnessed violence at home or in their neighborhoods. Hollygrove provided a warm, family type environment where children could recover from trauma. At any time up to 68 children were housed at our campus in Hollywood.

Today, Hollygrove provides a range of counseling and crisis services to at-risk children in their homes, at school and on our campus in Hollywood. We’re now able to help these children before they’re removed from their families, or help them reintegrate into their communities when they return from out-of-home placement. To complement our mental health services we offer unique programs funded entirely by charitable donations. These include: Camp Hollygrove; Endless Summer, our therapeutic after school program; and Family Finding.

 

 
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