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Teen Project, Inc.

 8140 Sunland Blvd
 Sun Valley, CA 91352
[P] (818) 582-8832 x 115
[F] (818) 582-8836
[email protected]
Lauri Burns
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Organization DBA Vera's Sanctuary
College Home
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 30-0421837 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

To provide teens aging out of the foster care system with all of the resources and support of an intact family. To allow the greatest opportunity for a successful transition to adulthood. 

Mission Statement

To provide teens aging out of the foster care system with all of the resources and support of an intact family. To allow the greatest opportunity for a successful transition to adulthood. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2020
Projected Expenses $4,250,083.00
Projected Revenue $6,754,922.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Sober College Housing Program.
  • Freehab
  • Crisis Residential Treatment Program
  • Vera's Sanctuary for Women

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

To provide teens aging out of the foster care system with all of the resources and support of an intact family. To allow the greatest opportunity for a successful transition to adulthood. 

Background Statement

The Teen Project, Inc. was founded by a young woman who grew up in an abusive home and was placed in foster care. Upon her on her 18th birthday, like many she did not have a safe place to return to and was instantly homeless. At the age of 23 (still homeless), she was abducted by gunman. A stranger saved her life that day. Over the next 72 hours, she was offered a safe place to live and a grant for computer school. She went on to become a Fortune 100 aerospace executive, a national advocate for homeless youth, an author and a guiding force for abused children across the nation. To date, she has raised 36 foster kids in her own home. In 2007 she founded The Teen Project, Inc. to give back what she was so generously given… her life. 

Impact Statement

Reduce homelessness amongst youth by providing national housing resources.  Mentor other organizations throughout the United States and prototype our methodology to expand volunteer centric organizations and resources assisting youth. Freehab, our very first free state licensed treatment center for transitional age females with onsite technical career training has helped transform the lives of many homeless young women between the ages of 18-26. The P.A.D. and our College Home also continues to provides housing, education and career resources.

Needs Statement

At The Teen Project, Inc., we continuously strive to secure funding and raise capital to build an onsite technical career center as well as sustain the facility and program for the population we serve in our 74-bed treatment facility. As we continue to address underlying issues to ensure the longevity of each person's success, financial factors take a toll. Our treatment facility has helped transform the lives of 382 young women and counting. The more volunteers and donations (both monetary and non-monetary) we receive, the more live we can save. 

CEO Statement

The Teen Project is a parent to the parentless. We help young women who lack parental support. Many of our youth are exiting foster care or escaping violent homes. The majority have not graduated high school and are homeless and/or addicted to drugs. We take on their whole life.
We are supported 100% by private donations from foundations and individuals. All facilities at The Teen Project are designed and donated by people who care. Each room is adopted by a member of the community. All of our bedrooms are uniquely designed with an emphasis on warmth and love. We believe where and how a child lives reflects on how they feel about themselves. We began as a small grass roots organization, just parents raising these kids like our own, and have grown very quickly. We are now serving 15% of the homeless young ladies in LA and need your support more than ever to continue to transform their lives. We really enjoy having new folks over to visit our facility and meet our kids. I don't think people really understand how very different we are until they see it for themselves.
The Teen Project, Inc. does not offer a service or a resource, we take on their lives. We have audited financial records for the past four years.  Our goal is to create progressive programs that change the outcomes for foster youth across America.  The Teen Project has mentored over 120 organizations in the United States. Our goal is to produce a superior outcome and be accepted as the standard of care amongst other providers.   

Board Chair Statement

They say it takes a village to raise a child, with 25,000 kids exiting foster care each year and even more homeless and at risk, we need a large village. We know people care. Each year we expand our programs. We are now working on a technology gaming program that encompasses the Life Skills curriculum in an Avatar in a new game called E-Life.  Bringing the information to the kids, where they live, online.  

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations can be mailed to:
The Teen Project, Inc.
8140 Sunland Boulevard
Sun Valley, CA  91352
Online donations can be made at:
We can always use food donations, office supplies, paper products and new or gently used girls clothing.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

The Teen Project, Inc. has offices offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. We have an online portal to 18,000 resources and an Orange County based home providing free housing, food and college support for emancipated foster and homeless females from 18-24.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Vocational & Technical Schools
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
  3. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers



Sober College Housing Program.

a six bed home that provides shelter, counseling and school support to young women aging out of foster care and enrolled full time in higher education or vocational training. The Teen Project Sober College Housing program opened in 2010 and provides transitional age youth women (ages 18-24) with all of the support necessary to complete college or trade school and go on to a life sustaining career. The Teen Project College Home is a 12-step based program that provides housing, food, college scholarships, private rooms, future and auto savings programs, over 100 independent living classes. The youth living in our home have pursued careers in the medical and legal fields, fashion design, cosmetology, machining and more. We are a two year program with an extensive alumni and sustained support program for young ladies pursuing a longer education path. There is a live-in house mom that oversees the girls and provides transportation. The girls living in the home are provided with extensive support in exchange for a very responsible life. They have curfews and a strict rule for sobriety and education success. We have supported dozens of young women who were interested in recreating their lives. Our first resident will be a doctor in just a few short years.


Budget  $170,416.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Females Females At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  80% of youth entering our program will be provided with a higher education and job skills. 
Program Long-Term Success   Over 30 young women have gone through our home and maintain a stable job and living situation.
Program Success Monitored By 

The Teen Project has a written evaluation plan to ensure quality of services. The Teen Project’s overriding goal is to provide a greater level of service aimed at the specific needs of the youth we serve, which ends up producing a superior outcome and is eventually accepted as a standard amongst providers.

Examples of Program Success  Our first resident will be a doctor in three years.  This is one of many stories of success


a 74-bed state licensed and certified residential treatment facility, including detox and perinatal treatment free to young women living on the streets (18-30 years old). FREEHAB’s service continuum includes 30, 60 and 90-day treatment programs, vocational schooling, job training, case management, transition assistance and after-care safety-net services.  Never a waiting list, same day acceptance.

Budget  2.6 million
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Population Served Homeless Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females
Program Short-Term Success  Contract increases every year from funding agencies.
Program Long-Term Success  The Teen project has served more than 1,200 homeless female TAY and taken over 500 young women via alternative sentencing.  
Program Success Monitored By  Homeless Management Information System, Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control.
Examples of Program Success  We have several staff members that have come to us via our program, via alternative sentencing, homeless and addicted that have achieved certifications or degrees while with us.

Crisis Residential Treatment Program

A 16-bed facility where young women in mental health crisis—such as a suicide attempt, overdose or psychotic episode—stabilize for 14-30 days before moving into FREEHAB for longer term treatment. This program is funded by a 20-year contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Budget  2.3 Million
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Disorders
Population Served Females Homeless Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short-Term Success  This program is opening in September of 2019.
Program Long-Term Success  This program is opening in September of 2019.
Program Success Monitored By  Los Angeles Department of Mental Health
Examples of Program Success  This program is opening in September of 2019.

Vera's Sanctuary for Women

Dedicated to victims of human trafficking.  The site is atop a hillside with views down to the ocean.  A five home private road, consisting of 30-beds located at the legacy Boys Town property in Trabuco Canyon. Vera’s Sanctuary is the only licensed residential drug treatment site in Orange County dedicated to victims of human trafficking.

We provide drug treatment, therapeutic services and vocational services to foster youth and young women lacking family support who have been victims of trafficking 15-24 years old. Vera’s Sanctuary is a picturesque remote site surrounded by wildlife, nature and beauty. A wonderful place to heal from trauma and abuse. We are a licensed and accredited treatment center.

The young women residing with us receive everything they need to get their lives back on track from therapy to high school and vocational education to job training, internships, including automobile matching and savings plans. Each young woman has their own bedroom. While living with us the young women will also participate in our culinary program which includes sustainable gardens and cooking as well as our health and wellness program which includes yoga and meditation.

Our goal is a transformation experience that leaves the young women in a healing state that sets their life back on track for good. All young women successfully graduating will be set with a full time job and residence upon graduation.

Budget  1.9 Million
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Population Served Females Homeless At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Licensed May 2019

Program Long-Term Success 

Licensed May 2019, our goal is a transformation experience that leaves the young women in a healing state that sets their life back on track for good. All young women successfully graduating will be set with a full time job and residence upon graduation.

Program Success Monitored By  Orange County Health Agency
Examples of Program Success  Licensed May 2019


CEO/Executive Director Lauri Burns
CEO Term Start Feb 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Prior homeless foster youth Program Manager, Certified Project Manager, National Youth Advocator, Grant Writer, Foster Mother, Keynote Speaker, Author, and Subject Matter Expert in the fields of addiction, abuse and foster care. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Champion of Foster Youth First Star 2014
Local Hero OC Parent 2014
Children's Friend Award Child Help 2013
Commitment to Excellence Coast Magazine 2012
Hero Award People Magazine 2012
Mensch Of the Year Jewish Journal 2012
Recovery Award Share! 2012
Women of Impact Focus on Women Magazine 2012
Women Making a Difference Los Angeles Business Journal 2011
Ambassador of Hope Oprah 2009
Humanitarian Award Operation Jessica 2005
Institutional Volunteer Award Orange County Probation Department 1991


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --



Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 21
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 191
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 90%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 11
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 24
Male: 2
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Government Licenses

Substance Abuse Treatment Services/Facilities

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Lauri Burns
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Jan - Dec
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Paul Blavin -- --
Lauri Burns -- Voting
Morgan Lamothe -- Voting
Jeffrey Rubenstein -- --
Nancy Sobel -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 2%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 3%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2015 2013
Total Revenue $2,174,117 $1,999,073 $227,837
Total Expenses $2,149,268 $1,787,581 $322,970

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2015 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,376,985 $1,730,983 $127,736
Government Contributions $100,000 $175,000 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $100,000 $175,000 --
Individual Contributions -- -- $51,236
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $674,492 $0 $36,750
Investment Income, Net of Losses $160 $511 --
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $20,641 $150,030 --
Revenue In-Kind $96,005 $96,878 --
Other $68,537 $799 $12,115

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2015 2013
Program Expense $2,060,604 $1,632,197 $305,279
Administration Expense $47,301 $50,761 $17,691
Fundraising Expense $41,363 $104,623 --
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 1.12 0.71
Program Expense/Total Expenses 96% 91% 95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 5% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2015 2013
Total Assets $1,841,603 $2,176,122 $687,451
Current Assets $780,422 $1,082,888 $208,302
Long-Term Liabilities $482,231 $595,576 $276,455
Current Liabilities $135,672 $101,219 $39,694
Total Net Assets $1,223,700 $1,479,327 $371,302

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2015 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 5.75 10.70 5.25

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2015 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 26% 27% 40%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose The Teen Project Inc.'s Freehab Treatment Center is approximately 15,000 sqft. The renovation was funded by a Community Development Building Grant from The City of Los Angeles for $500,000. The building adjacent to the living space will be the Career and Technical center for the young women living onsite. The living center is in full operation. We have begun construction on the Technical School. Bernards is donating the execution of the construction and Dunn-Edwards Paint is donating the painting material. We only require $250,000.00 in capital for the completion of the trade school.
Campaign Goal $250,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates June 2016 - Sept 2016
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $746,784.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financials for 2012 and 2013 and Form 990 for 2011 as well as consultation with the organization.