Why we Started
My Life Foundation, Inc. (MLF) was established on August 13, 2004, as a non-profit agency to provide quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities. To ensure greater integrity and sustainability, My Life Foundation was formed with a board of directors which serves as the foundation’s governing committee to oversee operations and services.
MLF has now been providing services for over a decade. The organization started with 15 staff serving 5 clients in a supported living program. MLF now serves over 125 individuals and employs more than 280 dedicated staff. MLF serves a large geographic area from the Westside of Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley and Palmdale.
MLF’s growth has been made possible by the great work and dedication of the direct staff and by the superb leadership of Tim DeHaven, Jim DeHaven, Edgar Madrigal, and Erik Duzell Sr.
In addition to our supported living services we now have added the My Day program providing specialized day services to those who are either medically fragile or whose behavioral needs are such that they are not a good fit for traditional day programs.
The desire to support people with disabilities comes from a very personal place. At age two, David Bunker’s twin brother, Doug, developed a brain tumor causing severe physical and intellectual disabilities. Through his parent’s efforts, Mr. Bunker learned that with some creative thinking and hard work, anything is possible.
David’s parents made the decision to raise Doug at home knowing that their lives would be different, however, they wanted to make sure that Doug’s disability wouldn’t stop the family from doing all the fun things that families do together. Having Doug in their lives gave them all the opportunity to know him, see him grow, and teach everyone a little more about the world and the people that live in it. Even though Doug has physical and cognitive difficulties, he was included in camping trips, boat trips, day outings to amusement parks, dirt bike rides, and tandem bicycle rides. Doug and David shared a bedroom for 18 years until David went to college. In those years they played, cried, laughed; doing all the things that siblings and families do together. The whole family was richer for having Doug in their lives.