A Hymn of Promise
“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”
Hymn of Promise – Natalie Sleeth
Artist Natalie Sleeth captured the beauty, mystery and hope of spring in this beautiful hymn aptly titled Hymn of Promise. It also mirrors the Lenten season – the anticipation leading up to Easter and the fulfillment of God’s promise. At Hoyleton Youth and Family Services we value our faith based tradition and 122 year history while embracing the future and the challenges that come with it. Effectively caring for children and families looks far different today than it did in 1895, but we are committed to Building Stronger Communities, One Child at a Time.
Preserving our history also means preserving the physical grounds and buildings that provide a home for those entrusted to our care. Budget constraints mean we thoughtfully consider which projects or buildings receive renewal and transformation. This spring, the children of Koelling Cottage at the Hoyleton campus will receive new doors, new flooring, new paint, an updated kitchen, new beds and bedding.
Rise up in this season of promise with a gift to our Annual Fund. Your gift helps bring hope and renewal for children and families, beyond what grants and state funds can provide.
As we reflect during this season, we are grateful for your continued support and rejoice with you in the promise of Easter morning.
Who We are
Hoyleton Youth and Family Services was established in 1895 to care for orphaned children of a cholera epidemic. It has grown to be a community provider of emotional and mental health services for every stage of child and family development throughout southern Illinois.
Our focus is simple… One Child at a Time. We help to restore family relationships; prepare young adults to make positive life decisions and become productive citizens. We are Building Stronger Communities through programs that strengthen and preserve families.
Whether through reunification, adoption or developing the life skills to stand on their own, our goal is always to help children and families find a forever place they can call home. Grounded by faith and the traditions of the United Church of Christ, we make a positive impact on over 2,000 lives each year.
Join the All-Stars at our annual Dinner Auction
Hoyleton Ministries President/CEO Appointed to Child Care Association of Illinois Board
Chris L. Cox President and CEO, elected to the board of the Child Care Association of Illinois.
The Child Care Association of Illinois (CCAI) is the premier state association that builds public support for addressing the needs of children and families. Established in 1964, the CCAI is dedicated to improving the delivery of social services to the abused, neglected, and troubled children, youth and families of Illinois.
“CCAI is honored that Chris Cox agreed to serve in such an important leadership role during a time of great challenge and opportunity for the children’s services sector.” commented Margaret Berglind, President/CEO of the association. “Hoyleton Ministries is a vital contributor to CCAI’s overall work and in electing Mr. Cox to our board, his colleagues demonstrated they also value the participation of the agency and Chris.”
Cox joined Hoyleton in 1989. In his 26 years of service to the agency he has filled the role of Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Programs, Director of Residential Services, therapist, teacher, and direct care worker. In 2010 he was named President and CEO.
“I am honored to be part of such a highly regarded association”, stated Chris Cox. “I look forward to the opportunity to help shape practices and policies in the State of Illinois for the benefit of children, adolescents, the families, and the organizations that serve them.
Under Cox’s leadership, the Hoyleton model is transforming from institutional residential provider to a full spectrum of community based health, youth, and family services.
Meet Director George Sheldon
Want to learn how DCFS is being transformed? Come meet Director George Sheldon to hear about newly released draft of the Illinois Child Welfare Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Thursday July 7th! All are Welcome!
Hoyleton featured in the Belleville News-Democrat
2015 Awards and Recognition Banquet
What a great night at the annual Hoyleton Ministries Awards Banquet. We would like to thank the 250 attendees for their support and congratulations to all the award winners for a great 2015. Here’s wishing everyone a great 2016! More pictures to follow tomorrow!
2015 Awards Banquet
Come celebrate Hoyleton’s successes of 2015 at our Awards Banquet. Honoring, volunteers, staff, churches, our young people and donors. This years event will be help at Gateway Classic Cars on February 12th. To attend, contact us at 618-493-7575!
Two social service agencies with a shared mission
There was a great show of support yesterday for two social service agencies with a shared mission. Caritas Family Solutions and Hoyleton Ministries opened its doors for the community at the new St. John Bosco Children’s Center at 900 Royal Heights Road in Belleville. Hoyleton’s new Pregnant and Parenting Transitional Living Program has a wing on the second floor of the building.
Thank you Director Sheldon and Rep. Meier for a great visit
We were honored to have George H. Sheldon, Director of DCFS and Rep. Charlie Meier visit the Hoyleton Campus on Thursday, Nov. 19. Chris L. Cox, our president and CEO guided them on a tour where they were able to meet some of our special young people, which reside in our Skyview cottage. Both Director Sheldon and Rep. Meier along with support staff and clients enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal. Director Sheldon and Rep. Meier were able to engage the children in sharing their life stories. Thank you Director Sheldon and Rep. Meier for a great visit.