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Home for transitional youth opening in Santa Monica

September 2, 2009 |  4:39 pm


Daniel's Village, which provides supportive housing for young adults with early signs of mental illness, will hold its grand opening Sept. 11 in Santa Monica.

The facility is in a former motel at 2624 Santa Monica Blvd. on what was once Route 66. It will house seven young adults experiencing the initial symptoms of severe and persistent mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression.

The facility is a program of Step Up on Second, a recovery center for people middle age or older who have chronic mental illness. The goal is to steer tenants toward healthy independence so they can move on to other housing.

The facility is named for Daniel Greenberg -- son of Arthur Greenberg, a founding partner of the Los Angeles law firm Greenberg Glusker, and his wife, Audrey. Daniel attended what was then Harvard School for Boys, acted, played football and graduated from Princeton. He had his first psychotic break in college, but with treatment and medication was able to finish school. He then spent several years at Step Up on Second, first as a client and later as a caseworker and outreach worker.

But Daniel continued to struggle with his illness, and it ultimately led to his suicide in 1997.

-- Martha Groves