History and accomplishments of Los Alamos Family Council


  • Incorporated in September, 1962, as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation
  • Los Alamos Family Council, Inc. (LAFC) started in January 1963 as a Community Mental Health Center
  • Margaret Browne, founder, was hired as as first Director-1963
  • First funding came from United Way (one of original United Way member agencies), client payment and Los Alamos County


  • Scope of service broadened to include prevention, at-risk groups, crisis intervention, crisis line and senior services
  • Senior services began with RSVP, then transportation and a meeting center
  • Contract with Los Alamos Public Schools begun for referrals, consultations and support for staff, students, and related family members
  • Moved to East Road-1972
  • Moved to 1080 15th Street (site of present YMCA)-1975
  • Adult Day Care (The Day Out) started in 1977


  • Growth continued with programs such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Friend Tutors, Homemaker Aides, Telephone Reassurance, Mediation
  • Moved to 1505 15th Street-1982
  • LAFC Senior programs accepted responsibility for Meals on Wheels from the Los Alamos Medical Center
  • Day treatment for chronically mentally ill began
  • Planning for the Senior Center Building


  • Margaret Browne, founder, retired.
  • Addition to the building-1993
  • Casa Mesita Thrift Shop moved to LAFC building-1993
  • Respite Program started to support Day Out-1997
  • Council on Alcoholism and Youth Activity Centers merged with LAFC-1997
  • Betty Ehart Center opened-1998
  • Daily meal program began
  • Community Development Block Grant funding for new Day Out addition to Betty Ehart Senior Center secured-1999


  • Senior program contracts awarded to LARSO by Los Alamos County (ended LAFC responsibility)-2000
  • Project Recovery-May 2000 to November 2001-support for Cerro Grande fire survivors
  • Three distinct programs-Counseling Center, Youth Activity Centers and Maternal and Child Health
  • Maternal and Child Health becomes established as the county wide Community Health Council
  • LAFC receives grant from CYFD to provide case management for youth on probation/parole
  • Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board established in 2004. Add significantly to LAFC youth programs

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