The El Nido Services and Lodges records cover the practical details of El Nido's operations, 1930-1980, documenting its real
estate management, zoning battles, tax questions, insurance and "disaster preparedness" provisions, and occasional personnel
problems of this social service agency. Originally a project of the Los Angeles Section of the National Council of Jewish
Women, the Section established a Children's Bureau in Los Angeles in 1925, and three years later built a camp for underprivileged
and "pre-tubercular" girls in Laurel Canyon. Control of El Nido eventually passed to the Council of Jewish Women of Los Angeles,
Inc., and during the 1970s, with the increasing diversity of Los Angeles' communities, control of El Nido passed from the
Section to a new Board of Directors. By 1981, the El Nido organization that these records document no longer existed; it became
known, in 1981, as Children, Youth and Parent Counseling.
El Nido was originally a project of the Los Angeles Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. This group established
a Children's Bureau in Los Angeles in 1925, and three years later built a camp/residential center for underprivileged and
"pe-tubercular" girls in Laurel Canyon. From 1933 until the early 1940s, the residential center served girls living in the
Los Angeles area who had behavioral problems, or who required health service for such problems as tuberculosis or eating disorders,
and who were in need of "special vocational guidance." At some point thereafter, operation of the Children's Bureau passed
to the Council of Jewish Women of Los Angeles, Inc. This California corporation, with identical membership to the Los Angeles
Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, may have been organized as a parallel agency to facilitate local fund raising
and participation in the Los Angeles Community Chest.
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