Hoyleton Youth and Family Services

First-Ever CHHSM/UMA Webinar for Child, Youth, and Family Service Ministries Provides Inspiration, Practical Tools for the Future

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Innovative tools for helping nonprofit outreach with children, youth and families were the focus of a first-ever joint webinar Aug. 11 from the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and sister organization the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). “Building a Resilient Ministry” featured a keynote address by career…

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LifeSet Pilot Program at Hoyleton and UCAN Helping Youth Successfully Move into Adulthood

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

A three-year pilot program in Southern Illinois is helping CHHSM members meet the needs of youth in their care. Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., and UCAN in Chicago are participating in LifeSet, an intensive hands-on, youth-driven approach to helping young people in the child welfare system transition into successful adulthood. LifeSet…

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CHHSM, UMA August Webinar Geared Toward Professionals Serving Children, Youth, and Families

By Barb Powell | July 20, 2021

An important webinar for ministries serving children, youth and families takes place Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m. ET. “Building a Resilient Ministry” is a joint event sponsored by the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). It is designed to help youth-serving professionals…

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‘Love Notes’ Virtual Program from Hoyleton Youth & Family Services to Help Teens Develop Healthy Relationships

By Barb Powell | April 5, 2021

Hoyleton Youth & Family Services, based in Fairview Heights, Ill., has been partnering with area schools since September to bring the “Love Notes” evidence-based healthy relationship curriculum to teens. This April and May, it launches “Love Notes” as a 14-week virtual program aimed at teens age 14-19 whose schools have not been able to participate…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering Provides Meaningful Focus on Learning and Growing Ministry Together

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2019

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 81st Annual Gathering, held March 5-7 in Chicago, sent CHHSM members home filled with inspiration and hope, and armed with new information and renewed partnerships. “The Annual Gathering was a wonderful event that provided me the opportunity to see long-time friends and make new ones,” says Lee…

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UCC’s Hoyleton Family and Youth Services Workshops Help Youth Make Wise Life Choices and Avoid Substance Abuse

By Barb Powell | December 6, 2018

This past September, 6th-grade students in various Southern Illinois schools discovered a different sort of curriculum on their class schedules, thanks to UCC-related Hoyleton Youth and Family Services: a life skills curriculum geared toward substance abuse prevention. The in-school partnership between Fairview Heights-based CHHSM ministry and the schools allows Hoyleton’s substance abuse Prevention Specialists to…

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United Church of Christ CHHSM Ministries Serve Others Amid Opioid Crisis

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2018

M. battled opioid addiction for almost two decades. First oxycodone and alcohol. When that wasn’t enough to numb his anguish, cocaine. Finally, heroin. Two days after being released from a short-term recovery program, M. relapsed. As the injected heroin coursed through his veins, his dangerously-enlarged heart gave out. At the age of 39, M. lost…

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CHHSM Family and Children Ministries Called to Love Neighbor, Children by Serving ‘Strangers Among Us’

By Barb Powell | July 11, 2018

In keeping with the United Church of Christ’s 3 Great Loves initiative, CHHSM’s child, youth and family service ministries often are on the front lines in providing support and care to migrant and immigrant persons. While challenges such as language and cultural barriers are unique, CHHSM members are finding that many of the needs immigrant…

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United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services works to prevent child sex trafficking

By Barb Powell | September 28, 2017

Groomed, flattered, tricked. Violated. Children as young as 8, as old as 17, often are easy marks for child sex and/or labor traffickers in the United States. And once trapped, the children can’t escape without help. In Illinois, United Church of Christ-related Hoyleton Youth and Family Services works with community and federal partners to help…

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United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services Program Builds ‘Bridges of Hope’ in Southern Illinois

By Barb Powell | August 30, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services has a long history of helping to create a better world for the children and families it serves. But with increased violence and prejudice against communities of color, one of its programs — Puentes de Esperanza (Bridges of Hope) — has taken on heightened significance, especially among the swiftly-growing Latinx population in southwest Illinois.

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