• Community Members Tee Off to Help Hoyleton Youth and Family Services

    Hoyleton Youth and Family Services will hold its 17th

    Annual Golf Classic on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Tamarack Golf Course in Shiloh, IL. Proceeds for this event will benefit children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children living in foster care and young men and women who are “aging out” of the system.

    The tournament kicks off at 11:30am with registration and lunch. Shotgun start begins at 12:30pm. Cash Prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams of each flight, contests, raffles and more. Dinner and award ceremony will immediately follow the tournament. Individual registration is $90 and a foursome is $360. Registration is available here


  • 2018 Hike and Bike

    Saturday May 12th

    9:00 – Noon

    This springtime event, rich in tradition, takes place in the beautiful countryside surrounding Mayestown, Illinois. Walkers or runners can choose between a 2 or 5 mile course.  A Hike & Bike t-shirt and hearty lunch are included in your registration fee – the fun & fellowship are free! All proceeds benefit Hoyleton’s Summer Program.  Youth are able to attend museums, go fishing, swimming and attend Hoyleton Day Camp at Dubois Center thanks to generous supporters. Please join us in Mayestown as we continue Building Stronger Communities One Child at a Time.


    Pre-registration is suggested. Can’t attend – sign up as a “Spirit Walker”, receive a t-shirt and show your support! Register here!

    For more information contact: Dave Henerfauth 618-935-2354 or tanfan54@gmail.com

  • One BIG Day of Giving!

    Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of Illinois’s day of giving – an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

    We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of $1000! We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

    Get ready to give! On May 3rd, starting at 12AM on May 3, visit https://www.givegab.com/nonprofits/hoyleton and make a donation. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59PM on May 3.

    Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, let us knowat 618-688-4742. Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!

  • Save the Date

    Join us for a day on the greens in an effort to help children overcome the emotional burden of abuse, neglect or other trauma.

    Friday July 13th.  Details to follow.

  • Help us Rock the Need!

    You are invited to help in Funding the Need for our organization by attending this year’s ROCK THE NEED GALA on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at The Fountains Conference Center, 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL Cocktail Hour begins at 5:30 pm. Dinner at 6:30 pm. You will have many opportunities to FUND THE NEED for many critical, life-changing measures; including emergency support for Foster Care Children and Families and immediate need support for victims of human trafficking. Entertainment by: Butch Wax and the Hollywood’s from 8-10 pm. Dinner is $50 per person or $375 per table of 8. For dietary restrictions or reservation questions contact agarrison@hoyleton.org or 618-688-4742 by 1/30/2018.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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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