Darlington House is owned and operated by the Social Service League of La Jolla, a non-profit public benefit (501c3) corporation. The mission of the many generous volunteers is to provide housing and meal support to seniors who have lived and worked in the San Diego area.
Founded in 1929, the Social Service League of La Jolla grew out of the needs of the Great Depression and was officially incorporated in 1947. It is dedicated to providing affordable housing at League House, adjacent to Darlington House, for those who have lived and worked in the San Diego area and who cannot otherwise afford decent housing after retirement. Here, 50 seniors who meet low income, age, and health requirements are provided with secure and attractive apartments. Some utilities are included and their evening meal is served in a gracious dining room. A spacious lounge is available for their enjoyment, as are attractive patios.
The Social Service League acquired Darlington House in 1968 from the estate of Mrs. Sybil Darlington. The primary motive in the purchase was to obtain the 25 feet of vacant property included in the sale, making it possible to add 24 additional units to League House, the building next door, which they maintain for low-income senior citizens. At the time the Social Service League acquired the luxurious house, they were uncertain as to just how they would utilize it. After much consideration, it became apparent that it could provide a much-needed source of revenue for League House. Subsequently, the organization has dedicated much of their time, talents and funds to preserve, maintain and enhance the picturesque home and lovely gardens.
Funds raised by Darlington House help support League House. Members of the League also hold other fundraisers throughout the year to enhance this support.The volunteers of Social Service League of La Jolla give countless hours of their time and talents in order to to preserve and maintain both Darlington House and League House.
The League is the only non-profit on the West coast to provide low-income housing without a government subsidy. To enhance this support, our volunteers also hold fundraisers throughout the year. All funds raised through Darlington House directly support the efforts at League House.Your tax-deductible contributions to Social Service League of La Jolla are greatly appreciated.
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