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    How can you join with us as a mission partner?

    Host a fundraiser on our behalf.  Marine UCC hosts a trivia night every April; St. John’s Maeystown hosts the Hike & Bike every May; St. Paul’s UCC Columbia designated HYFS as recipient of their 3rd Annual Shrimp Boil.  Partner with us on a special projects like St. Peter’s UCC Okawville did.  They provided bicycles for our young men at the Lehre Haus.  Organize a collection drive: linens, towels, personal care items, non-perishable snacks, art & craft supplies, sports equipment, recreation games  St. Paul’s UCC Freeburg is committed to being our mission partner for the next two years. So far, they have provided candy filled eggs and volunteered at an Easter Egg Hunt, enjoyed a work and fun day with clients at the Hoyleton campus, collected school supplies and set up a “Giving House” in their church. Recently, the church hosted a baby shower for one of the young ladies at Hagar House.

    Contact the Development office and a member of our team would be happy to speak to your employees, civic group, congregation, mission team or youth.

    Read this story are more in our upcoming newsletter, hitting mailboxes soon.

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    Join us for our first Halloween Bowling Bash!

    Join us for our inaugural Halloween Bowling Bash at Salem Bowl at 1620 E. Main Street, Salem IL 62881 on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Proceeds for this event will benefit children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children living in foster care and various other agency programs.
    Round One Registration begins at Noon with the first game beginning at 12:30pm. Round Two registration begins at 2:30pm with a 3pm start. All ages are welcome, there will be a costume contest with prizes for the best group, best adult, best youth. We will have raffles and games throughout the tournament. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place team for both rounds. Registration is available by clicking here or by calling Hoyleton Youth and Family Services at 618-688-4770.
    Cost: $125 – 5 person team / $100 – 4 person team / $25 per person for singles. Registration fee includes three rounds of bowling, shoe rental, t-shirt and entry into the costume contest.

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    Back to School

    This year we are sending 177 foster kids and 59 children in residential care back to school. That’s 236 new backpacks, calculators, thumb drives, binders, notebooks, pens, paper, and so on.  Two years ago, Edweek.com showed the average cost of sending a child to elementary school is $649, middle school is $941 and high school was whopping $1,402 per child.
    Your support is greatly needed and appreciated! Without donors like you, we would be unable to provide our children with the things that continue to create smiles, happiness and confidence! You can make the difference between a child’s struggle and their success, not just now, but throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Please help us today by simply making tax deductible donation. Feel free to call our office at 618-688-4727 to speak to someone personally.
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    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.

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    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.

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    THANK YOU!

    Thank you to everyone who played in Hoyleton’s All-Star auction! We can’t put together a winning team without the unique contributions of all our players: donors, volunteers, board members, staff and clients. Our 2016 event was a success by all measures, including the stat you are probably most interested in: over $44,000 raised in one evening!

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    Join the All-Stars at our annual Dinner Auction

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    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.

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    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

    Chris Cox, president of CEO of Hoyleton Ministries, talks about the nonprofit organization’s recent move to Fairview Heights to be closer to the children and families it serves. Hoyleton offers a variety of services including residential facilities for children with developmental disabilities, pregnancy prevention programs, foster care and a Latino ministry.

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