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 in 1895, 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.
- Former seminary property is deeded to Zion Evangelical Church in Hoyleton, Illinois.
- Zion Evangelical Church and a newly established Orphan's Home Association launch the Hoyleton Orphan's Home.
- X-rays are discovered
- H.G. Wells writes "The Time Machine"
1915 - A chimney fire completely destroys the
- D.W. Griffith directs "Birth of a Nation"
1916 - Construction of a "fireproof" brick building
is completed and the children have a new
- Albert Einstein proposes his "General Theory
Children not only live at the orphanage, but attend school there as well. Most of the children sing in the Orphan's Choir, an ensemble that performs for weddings, funerals and civic events.
1920 - Women gain the right to vote.
1929 - The stock market crashes, marking the
beginning of the Great Depression
Boys are encouraged to be pastors while girls
prepare to be handmaids to the privileged.
1935 - The Social Security Act provides
1937 - Dow Chemical develops plastics
1939 - "Gone With the Wind"
premieres in Atlanta
A new State constitution is adopted requiring “the Home” to be in compliance with Illinois Department of Public Welfare regulations.
1941 - Japan carries out a surprise attack on Pearl
1945 - Hoyleton Children's Home celebrates its
- The United Nations is formed
1948 - Bell Lab scientists invent the transistor
The word "orphanage" is dropped from the facility's official name.
1954 - U.S. launches the Nautilus the first
- Television thrives as radio switches
1955 - The Supreme Court orders school
Services at the Children's Home become known as the Residential Program at Hoyleton as more and more children come to us through the court system.Some of these children come from broken homes, some are victims of abuse, and others suffer from mental or emotional disorders.
- The first African-American child arrives at the Home.
- Friends donate enough S & H Green Stamps to
purchase a station wagon, a riding lawn mower,
and snow removal equipment.
1960 - The first laser is created.
1968 - Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space
1969 - Man lands on the moon
The Home's focus changes from providing a permanent residence for orphans to reuniting children and their broken families. Programs emphasize more life skills and vocational training.
- The first residential cottage is dedicated
in an effort to provide a more home-like
atmosphere for children.
- Community counseling and assistance
programs are established at several
Metro East locations.
1970 - The Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) is established
1977 - George Lucas begins the "Star Wars" saga
1978 - The personal computer is invented
Community Programs in the Metro-east St. Louis area are expanded to include foster care and crisis intervention.
- The Luhr Recreation and Activity Center is
opened on the main campus.
- Hoyleton Youth and Family Services becomes
a stand-alone organization, but remains
affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
- CD, VCR and cable become common
1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev begins unraveling
the Soviet system
1987 - An ozone "hole" is found over Antartica
Hoyleton affiliates with Lifelink Corporation, a similar UCC human services organization headquartered in Bensenville, Illinois.
- The last group of children move out of the
original orphanage building into a new cottage.
1993 - The Internet expands to include the
World Wide Web.
- Steven Speilberg releases "Schindler's List"
1995 - Hoyleton Youth and Family Services
celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
Hoyleton’s ministries continue to expand, and now includes a program designed to assist the area's Latino/Hispanic population, and a presence on the Internet.
2001 - The 9/11 terror attack occurs in New York City
Your donation helps to provide the resources necessary for the Hoyleton Ministries to care for the most vulnerable members of our communities. If you are interested in other giving options, or prefer not to give online, please call Hoyleton Ministries at (618) 493-7575.
Hoyleton Ministries P.O. Box 218 350 North Main Street Hoyleton, IL 62803 Phone (618) 493-7382 Fax (618) 493-6390 Email: email@example.com