Thriving families. Brighter futures.

Our History

OUR HISTORY

MORE THAN A CENTURY OF SERVICE

OUR ROOTS

An organization driven by a tireless mission of working together to build safe, nurturing and resilient families – from pregnancy to parenthood and childhood to adulthood – for generations to come.

Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic ministry, and guided by their spiritual beliefs and values of service and compassion, we achieve this mission by providing high-quality housing, early childhood education, mental health and supportive services. Initially founded in 1908 as a home for pregnant young women with nowhere else to turn, St. Anne’s has grown into a premiere social service agency – rising to the challenge of meeting the ever-changing needs of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations by offering an array of comprehensive services that promote the safety, resilience and ongoing achievement of the children and families we serve.

St. Anne’s influence stretches far past its Main Campus, and now include Early Childhood Education Centers throughout the Rampart/Westlake & Koreatown districts as well Wraparound Approach Services in the South Los Angeles Crenshaw District.

In 2018, St. Anne’s opened Beverly Terrace, a permanent supportive housing complex with the S. Mark Taper Foundation Early Learning Center on-site, helping homeless and chronically homeless families build new, stable lives.

St. Anne’s is accredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA accreditation means that our organization’s programs, services, administration, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards. To learn more about COA accreditation, please visit http://coanet.org/home/

THE FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART

Founded in 1908 by Bishop Thomas Conaty, St. Anne’s began as a 12-bed hospital for pregnant, unwed, young mothers. At that time, St. Anne’s was regarded as a hiding place for young women to come in secrecy and to conceal their pregnancies from the community and their families, and 90% of the women who came to St. Anne’s gave their babies up for adoption. In 1941, the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart assumed sponsorship of St. Anne’s and Sister May Winifred Falker became the first administrator.

Since these humble beginnings, St. Anne’s has evolved into one of Southern California’s most highly regarded social service agencies. Today, St. Anne’s remains committed to providing targeted programs and support services in response to the ever-changing needs of the community, never straying from our mission of helping young women, children and families in need, without regard to race or religion. St. Anne’s continues to be an important resource to the Los Angeles community and a beacon of hope for the individuals who come to use in need of care.

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