Throughout 2018, we are celebrating 135 years of meeting every child, every family, where their need is greatest. Doing whatever it takes so children and families can thrive. We are proud of our legacy of meeting the changing needs of vulnerable families throughout Illinois and inspired by the children and families we serve and their stories of resilience.

Children’s Home & Aid’s Woman’s Board has supported our mission since 1920. Their 1938 Ballet Benefit featured a paddle raise auction that highlights that even though it was 80 years ago, our focus was the same as it is today, helping children and families thrive.

Some of the benefits that donors were supporting include:

“pay board, provide clothing and supervision for a child in a foster home…”

“will maintain an older girl in a vocational school for one month”

“will pay a child’s carfare to remedial clinic for one month”

The image below shows the full list of paddle raise items.

Children’s Home & Aid’s story began with the vision of one man who believed that every child deserved a loving home. Your part is unfolding today.  What is your story?

See all of the stories  as part of our 135th anniversary.