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Our History




Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, St. Anne’s is a wonderful combination of an “old” Los Angeles charity and a leading-edge social service agency. Since first opening its doors in 1908 as a safe refuge for unwed, pregnant young women, St. Anne’s has continuously responded to meet the changing needs of today’s society and evolved into one of the most highly regarded social service agencies committed to developing and sustaining programs that address the special needs of at-risk, pregnant and/or parenting young women, children and families.

Today, St. Anne’s serves some of the most abused, abandoned, neglected and otherwise challenged young women and children in Los Angeles County. Multiple foster placements, consequences of community and familial violence, poverty, and histories of abuse have resulted in unfortunate consequences and without assistance they are unlikely to be able to support themselves or care for their own children properly, putting them at heightened risk of entering the same cycle. St. Anne’s offers an array of comprehensive programs including: residential treatment care, transitional housing, mental health, child care, family literacy, family preservation, educational and vocational preparation, as well as access to, and collaborations with, other agencies and providers.

All of the St. Anne’s programs strive to empower and educate, according to each individual’s specific needs, by providing the highest level of care and resources so as to help young women and children recognize their own value and potential, giving them the hope and the tools needed for a better future. When clients leave St. Anne’s, they have developed the skills necessary to lead healthy, independent and productive lives, as citizens and as parents, breaking the cycle of homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect for generations to come.

With the help and dedication of over 400 volunteers and the generosity of many individuals and community partners, St. Anne’s remains determined to address the ever-changing needs of this vitally important population.

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


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 disenfranchised young women, children and families in need, without regard to race or religion. St. Anne’s helps strengthen individuals and entire families so that they can live happy, healthy and productive lives. 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 dire need of care.


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