• Happy Valentine’s Day: Here’s What We Love About You

    Every day, we’re blown away by the support our community, yes – you, shows us in a variety of ways, and our work could not happen without it.  So, for Valentine’s Day, please accept our warm love, deep gratitude, and these reasons for our love:

    1)You include our youth and families in your holiday traditions.

    Christmas 2018 was the most generous Christmas donation drive we’ve had in our history!  Long-time supporters, and several new ones, donated money and purchased toys for our children and youth in foster care. You made It a truly memorable season, and so many young ones felt your compassion.

    2) You share our mission and work with your friends, family, and community.

    Over the last three months, we’ve witnessed many of you engage with our many stories shared online. You like them, you love them, and you share them with your community. For that we’re pressing:     

    3) You understand the importance of meaningful community partnerships.

    A week doesn’t go by without receiving a call or email from a local business or organization leader, asking how they can help support our work. We’re all stronger when we work together on solving complex social issues facing many, and it’s an incredible feeling to know a “collective impact” mentality is valued greatly in Southern Illinois.

    4) We know you’re committed to furthering our mission.    

    Many of you have supported our mission for decades. Others of you come from a family that has supported us across generations. And, a growing number are new to the Hoyleton community. Regardless of your time with us, we always know we can count on your commitment to furthering our mission.  Your devotion to our organization is beyond words, so we can only hope our love and commitment to those we serve every day will show our gratitude.

    Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you for loving us so dearly! 

  • Three Things We’re Celebrating About Our Puentes de Esperanza Program Right Now

    In 2004, a new program called Puentes de Esperanza (translates to Bridges of Hope) was established at Hoyleton. The program was developed after the Illinois South Conference (United Church of Christ) and Hoyleton recognized the lack of bilingual services available for the growing Hispanic population in the region. The Puentes team at Hoyleton serves as a bridge for Spanish-speaking families to connect to needed resources.

    The Puentes team organizes various workshops to educate families on personal well-being, community or cultural adjustments, navigation of complex social systems, and improvement of their professional skills.  In this work, the team provides advocacy at every encounter and strives to build a go-to community for clients, community partners (social service providers), and Spanish / non-Spanish speaking businesses.

    The program has provided incredible value to people throughout the years. Here are three recent program outcomes we’re celebrating:

    In 2018, the Puentes team served 617 individuals with over 1,577 hours of supportive services.

    In 2018, the Puentes team helped individuals save $94,073 through financial assistance programs.

    A Reading Success Program was recently developed to support individuals working on their English skills.

     

    There are several new developments happening in the program this year, and we can’t wait to share more details soon.

    For more information about Puentes de Esperanza or to find out how you or your business can provide resources and/or opportunities to the community, please contact Kristen Shinn, program director, kshinn@hoyleton.org.

  • Hoyleton selected by DCFS as only agency in Southern Illinois to implement $4.5 M -grant for transition-age foster youth program

    (Fairview Heights, IL) Hoyleton Youth and Family Services will work with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as the only agency in Southern Illinois to implement the expansion of transition-age foster youth services as part of the $4.5 million grant awarded to the State of Illinois from Youth Villages.  Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health through evidence- and research-based programs.

    “Hoyleton has been working for years to provide life skills education to foster youth who age out of care and are ready to live independently,” said Chris L. Cox, President and CEO of Hoyleton.  “We are grateful to partner with DCFS to implement the expansion of services throughout the southern region of the state.

    In addition to working with Hoyleton in Southern Illinois, DCFS will work with two private agencies in Cook County, UCAN and Lawrence Hall.  Each agency will implement Youth Villages’ nationally recognized program, YV LifeSet, to help youth transitioning to adulthood develop greater resilience and capabilities for success. The grant is for a three-year period.

    While many youth in foster care are capable and resilient as they enter adulthood, statistics show that without help, they are more likely than their peers to be homeless, unemployed or incarcerated. They are more likely to have significant mental and/or behavioral health issues than other young adults. Many will face challenges with relationships, family planning and achieving stability.

    The grant to the Illinois DCFS will help these young people make better plans and decisions for their future. The grant is the largest of four grants totaling $10 million being awarded to four of the nation’s child welfare agencies.

    Since 1895, Hoyleton Youth and Family Services has grown to be one of Southern Illinois’ leaders in a wide array of services including residential, foster and adoptive services, community education, counseling, and services for emerging adults.  Hoyleton is just one of 50 agencies nationally and the only Southern Illinois agency implementing Cornell University’s Residential Child Care Project (CARE), a new research-based best practices model.

  • Share our work with your community

    We invite you to connect with Hoyleton Youth and Family Services and support our work to transform lives through our programs and the power of faith.

    Hoyleton delivers the services that matter to you, in your community. Here’s why your support matters:

    “I am grateful for all the things Hoyleton was able to provide for Logan because when he came home, I got my son back. Not the one who I had to send there in the beginning. I got the son I always knew I had…” ~Logan’s Mom

    Logan was a memorable client at the Hoyleton campus. Before coming to Hoyleton, Logan was hospitalized 38 times for extreme behaviors and was unable to read. After 8 months of therapy, Logan’s IQ jumped 22 points and was reading at an elementary school level. Recently we received an incredible thank you letter from Logan’s mom. She talked about how difficult, scary and uncertain she felt when Logan was placed at Hoyleton. She praised Hoyleton’s staff for always being available to listen when she voiced her concerns and offered suggestions and advice that eased her mind.

    Get involved…

    •Tutor a child in their foster home
    • Be approved to provide childcare and give our foster parents a much-needed break or date night.
    • Prepare a meal for a foster care family
    • Volunteer at Hoyleton events
    • Help older youth prepare a resume or job application
    • Offer your expertise to teach life skills
    • Purchase Christmas gifts for our youth
    • Give new clothing for children new to foster care
    • Buy back-to-school supplies
    • Provide sponsorships for DuBois camp, or sports camps
    • Provide household items for youth transitioningout of care
    • Sponsor a child in an enrichment program such as dance or music lessons
    • Start a foster care support ministry through your church or organization
    • Invite Hoyleton staff to lead an informational meeting at your church or organization
    • Use your social media accounts to blog/tweet/post our needs

    Give us a call to get involved: 618-688-4727