In 1973, Dr. Donald and Lois Verleur took in four teenage girls and opened their first home for children in Orange County, California. Drawing from the olive tree in the front yard and the idea of a family crest, Olive Crest, a name symbolizing “peaceful family,” was born.

Today, more than 40 years later, Olive Crest has grown to become a leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse, serving nearly 3,000 children and families each day throughout California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.

Though four decades have passed, the Verleurs’ original commitment to the individual needs of at-risk youth continues to fuel Olive Crest’s mission to make a difference “One Life at a Time” ®

A strong family for every child.

Olive Crest is dedicated to Preventing child abuse, to Treating and Educating at-risk children and to Preserving the family… “One Life at a Time.”®

Statement of Faith
Olive Crest seeks to make available the teachings of Judeo-Christian principles while respecting the religious background of each individual. We acknowledge the Bible to be the inspired Word of God that teaches there is one Triune God and that salvation is a gift gained through forgiveness.


    Honesty, Courage, Respect. Exhibiting integrity through honesty. Showing the courage and respect to be truthful, even in difficult situations.

    Compassion, Forgiveness, Empowerment. Feeling compassion toward those who are experiencing struggles and stress. Empowering others through forgiveness. Loving your neighbor and sharing God’s grace.

    Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Giving. Demonstrating dedication, self-discipline, and responsibility in our commitment to serving at-risk children and families. Providing meaningful ways for others to give back to those in need.

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