• 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 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 volunteer services (RSVP), then transportation and a meeting center
  • Contract with Los Alamos Public Schools began 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 the present location at 1505 15th Street in 1982
  • LAFC Senior programs accepted responsibility for Meals on Wheels from the Los Alamos Medical Center
  • Day treatment for chronically mentally ill began
  • Planning began for the Senior Center Building


  • Margaret Browne, founder, retired.
  • Second floor addition to the building-1993
  • Casa Mesita Thrift Shop moved to the south wing of the  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 under LAFC
  • Daily meal program began
  • Community Development Block Grant funding for new Day Out addition to Betty Ehart Senior Center secured-1999


  • Senior program contract 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 (MCH)  established as the county wide Community Health Council
  • LAFC received a grant from CYFD to provide case management for youth on probation/parole.
  • Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) established in 2004. Add significantly to LAFC youth programs.
  • LAFC sold Nectar Street building (2004); space rented in same location


  • Financial strains resulted in decrease of programs (JJAB, CYFD, MCH) but strong focus on providing substance abuse and mental health individual and group therapy continued.
  • A CYFD approved male domestic violence offenders group treatment program was added in 2014. Female victims and offenders are also treated through individual therapy.
  • Centennial Care (NM Medicaid) expanded Medicaid coverage from age 18 to age 64 resulting in significant changes in client demographics.
  • Los Alamos County completed extensive remodeling of both YACs (White Rock in 2015-16 and LA in 2017)
  • Expanded fundraising needs addressed by Fall Ball and Cookie Walk