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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!

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    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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    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!

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    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!

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    Hoyleton Ministries to Host Open House in Salem, IL

    Hoyleton Ministries to Host Open House

    SALEM, IL (January 2016) – Hoyleton Ministries will host a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, to give the community an inside look at Hoyleton’s newest therapeutic residential center, The Schippel House.

    The center is being dedicated to Rev. Dr. Paul Schippel for his  20 years of serving young people through his leadership of Hoyleton Ministries.  As CEO,  Schippel was committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable young individuals.  He was diligent as an advocate for young people who otherwise may not have been heard. Schippel is known for his great respect for the residents and dedicated staff members who worked at Hoyleton Ministries.

    The Schippel House will provide services for youth who are diagnosed as intellectually and/or developmentally disabled and in need of 24-hour care in an interdisciplinary treatment program.  Residents will range in age from 9 to 21, generally have IQ’s of 50 or below, and display autism spectrum disorders, significant impairment in learning, social skills and other areas of daily functioning, and may also have medical complexities.

    Residents receive constant supervision in behavior management and the development of life skills.  Goals are designed for each resident some of which include educational and motor skills for reading and writing.  Life skill goals such as proper communication and personal hygiene are also considered.

    “We are very proud to be able to have Rev. Schippel’s name associated with our facility,” stated Monte Mister, Director of Residential Services for Hoyleton Ministries.  “He is highly regarded for the integrity with which he led Hoyleton in its mission to serve young people.”

    The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) refer residents to the program by matching the child’s needs with services that are provided through Hoyleton’s therapeutic treatment model.

    The Schippel House, which will employ approximately 20 workers, opened in late fall of 2015.  Currently there are three youth who reside at the Schippel house.  Hoyleton anticipates residence being at capacity by the Spring of 2016. Hoyleton Ministries chose Salem for its close proximity to their residential program in Hoyleton, the central location and its reputation as a caring, welcoming community.

    The open house will take place from 4- 6 with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony scheduled for 5:00 at 1311 South Marion Avenue, Salem IL.

    About Hoyleton
    Hoyleton Ministries, founded in 1895, is dedicated to creating a better world for the children and families of Southern Illinois. They serve 2,325 clients each year through their residential, child welfare, behavioral health, preventative services, and Puentes de Esperanza (Spanish-speaking) programs. To learn more about all of Hoyleton Ministries programs for children and families please visitwww.hoyleton.org

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