LINCOLN HEIGHTS — The large Mediterranean-style compound in the 2600 block of Griffin Avenue currently serves as the home of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy. But for about 70 years, the same building served as a served as a refuge for teenage and unwed mothers.
The Booth Maternity Group Home for Unwed Mothers started after a “wealthy benefactor” donated a house to the Salvation Army for “fallen women,” according to the Booth Memorial Center Facebook page. The Booth Memorial Center, as it was later known, underwent a major expansion in the 1960s that allowed it to shelter 150 pregnant teens and their babies, according to the L.A. Times. In addition to housing, the center also included a small maternity hospital and school. But as government funding dried up and more pregnant teens ended up in foster homes, the Salvation Army was forced to close the home in early 1993.
* Correction: The original version of this post featured a photo of a building that was described as the former Booth Home for Unwed Mothers. That was wrong. The photo has been replaced with a new photo showing the former Booth Home.