Our Mission

Strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot.

At a time when our culture often seems to be coming apart, LYDIA is helping put families back together. Founded as an orphanage in 1916, it has become a successful alternative to state-run foster care and family assistance agencies.

Centennial Celebration

Celebrating 100 years of strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot.

As we enter our 100th year, LYDIA has launched Celebrating Home. Your gifts will allow LYDIA to meet the ever-growing needs of children through enhanced and expand facilities, programs, and services. We seek to do this by resourcing three main initiatives while still supporting the needs of all those in our care.

LYDIA is a Christian multi-service agency in operation for 100 years.

For 100 years, LYDIA Home Association has been strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot. What began as a small group of individuals humbly trying to meet the most basic clothing needs of children living in an orphanage, has grown into a worldwide organization where children can find comfort and rest while seeking healing and freedom from the traumas of their past.

LYDIA is based in the Northwest side of Chicago and serves those at-risk by providing a continuum of services with the aim of improving children’s lives and restoring families.

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How Can You Help Us Continue Our Work

We are only able to support the children and families we serve because generous donors like you are able to support us. You can help support LYDIA’s work by: making a financial contribution, remembering us in prayer, or spending time volunteering with one of our programs.

As we enter our 100th year, LYDIA has launched Celebrating Home.

On behalf of the children LYDIA Home serves, we seek to raise $2,600,000 over an 18-month campaign. Your gifts will allow LYDIA to meet the ever-growing needs of children through enhanced and expand facilities, programs, and services. We seek to do this by resourcing three main initiatives while still supporting the needs of all those in our care.

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