Hoyleton Youth and Family Services is a licensed and accredited not-for-profit organization offering assistance to children and families at six locations throughout the Metro-east St. Louis and South-central Illinois areas. Founded as an orphanage 110 years ago, Hoyleton can trace its beginnings back to the former Evangelical and Reformed Church (later to become the United Church of Christ). Responding to the needs of children who were often parentless due to catastrophic economic situations as well as epidemics and related health issues, Hoyleton immediately began focusing on the well being of children and families.
Today, Hoyleton's goal is to provide care for individuals and families with emotional, behavioral and other disabling conditions while strengthening and enabling families. This assistance comes in many forms from providing immediate shelter and meeting other needs for a Latino family burned out of their home to helping find a safe and stable living situation for a foster child . In the past year, over 3,200 individuals and family members received assistance.
Hoyleton also strives to embrace innovation and has been recognized for its efforts through two national awards. The first award was for the development and testing of an interpersonal violence prevention curriculum that targets youth who are at-risk due to behavior and developmental challenges. The second award was received in recognition of Hoyleton's work in the Washington Park area where the organization guided and aided the development of a community collaboration involving residents, business people, government agencies and officials, schools, hospitals, and service providers.
Hoyleton Youth and Family Services is accredited by the Council On Accreditation for Children and Family Services, licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and is a member of the Child Welfare League of America and the Child Care Association of Illinois. Hoyleton is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and Lifelink Corporation, an Illinois based human services organization. – less–ZoomInfo