Laurel House was founded in 1985 by two women who were distraught at the sight of teenagers living on the streets of Orange County, California.
Laurel House began as an emergency crisis shelter for teen runaways, and through the years has evolved into a unique, preventive-care program providing temporary housing and care for teen girls at risk of homelessness or who are runaways because of volatile family situations.
What parents perceive as their daughters spiraling out of control, we discover to be symptomatic of deeper issues within the teen such as unreported sexual abuse or an undiagnosed mental health issue. At Laurel House these girls are in a safe environment where they can sort through the abuse they have suffered, and be properly diagnosed and treated.
Our mission is providing a home for teens in crisis, transforming lives, and strengthening families.
Laurel House is the only teen shelter in Orange County providing longer term care to ensure longer term success in these young lives. Our goal is to end homelessness for at-risk teen girls by reunifying them with their families or moving them into positive living situations. Join us in keeping teen girls off the streets and safe from human trafficking, gang involvement and a life of drug and alcohol dependency.