For close to 100 years, LYDIA Home Association has been making a difference in the lives of Chicago children and families who are dealing with everything from homelessness and poverty to abuse and neglect. LYDIA has a residential treatment center that’s home to 40 kids, plus non-traditional high schools, foster care program and much more. These kids are dealing with a lot, but they know one thing for sure: at LYDIA, they are loved. Join us to make an impact!
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Making Things Work With the Help of Safe Families
Life hasn’t been easy for Maura lately, but this determined woman is finding a way to care for her 10-year-old son with the help of Safe Families. Maura, 34, is a taxi driver who takes... More
Safe Families PLUS Video
Providing foster care alumni with family homes and lasting support; so they can thrive on their journey to independence.
LYDIA Wins IKEA Click for a Cause Contest!
The results are in...LYDIA WON!! Thanks to everyone who voted for LYDIA in IKEA's Click for a Cause. Because of your votes, LYDIA will have $10,000 to makeover our residential units! Remodeling will... More
Empowering Students to Succeed
Before enrolling at LUA, Freddy Martinez frequently skipped class and was involved in fights at his local high school. Although old enough to be a senior, he had only 10 of the 24 credits needed for... More
Be part of the Safe Families rescue operation!
When I see Safe Families in action, I’m reminded that it’s more than just a good ministry. It’s a rescue operation powered by God’s love and compassion. Let me tell you about... More
LYDIA Featured in Chicago Tribune
Help is at hand for kids at risk and students who have given up on themselves Lydia Home Association finds ways to serve children and families Ivan Ortiz, 20, gets help in a math class at Urban... More
LYDIA needs your support!
We want to share with you some of the great things that are happening here at LYDIA, in hopes that they will inspire you to rejoin our support team. We depend on people like you to help keep us... More
Calling all Federal Employees!
LYDIA is participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is an annual fundraising drive that provides an opportunity for federal civilian, postal, and military employees to donate to... More
Team Effort Keeps One Young Family Together
When Dani asked Safe Families to care for her two children, she was frightened and fragile but determined to get her life together. Just 22 years old, she had endured months of abuse from a... More
Safe Families Keeps Family Together
Sometimes a few short days with Safe Families can alter the course of a life. That was certainly the case for “Aimee,” who has experienced more in her 26 years than most people do in a... More
When Helping Changes Your Life
Jennifer Reed has learned a lot in the four years that she has served as a Safe Families volunteer with her husband, Scott, and their two school-aged children. Perhaps the greatest lesson has been... More
Diamond didn’t ask Safe Families to care for her baby last year because she wanted to. She did it because her only other option was to turn him over to the state. “My ex-boyfriend filed a... More
a song for Chance
Join “TheChanceWave” …… splash it across America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msTlOea1umw who is Chance? … a homeless baby boy that came into my life after his mom... More
LYDIA Urban Academy: "They Helped Me Here"
Ricky came to LYDIA Urban Academy from a local public high school about three years ago. His tattooed arms and neck told a story of past violence and gang affiliations. He was 16 years old and had... More
A Fresh Start
After months of hardship, Dorothy and Jamar were in a desperate situation. God led them to Safe Families, and what a difference a two-week placement made in their lives! Dorothy and Jamar's story... More
Kids for Kids and LYDIA
LYDIA is now partnering with Kids for Kids! The goal of this unique opportunity is to raise funds to help support our many programs as well as provide jobs for kids and teens ages 11-16. Kids for... More
Help at-risk teens earn a high school diploma
Encouragement is just as important as classroom instruction at LYDIA Urban Academy. Most of our students have experienced their share of setbacks, whether because of difficulties at home, chaos in... More
TribLocal Palatine: December 15, 2010
From the community Harper Honors Students Provide Holiday Gifts for Youngsters at Chicago’s Lydia House By Teresa Karow Dec. 15, 2010 at 3:45 p.m. What began as a service project component for... More
Press Release: October 20, 2010
Winners Chosen for the 2010 Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation CLAREMONT, Calif.—The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University has announced the winners of the 2010 Peter F. Drucker... More
CBS Evening News Video: May 11, 2010
Watch the CBS Video About Safe Families Katie Couric Safe Families for Children Follow-up Report from John Norton on Vimeo .
msnbc: March 24, 2010
Baby Autumn finally comes home Together again, but no guarantee of happily-ever-after By Martha Irvine Associated Press updated 7:36 a.m. CT, Wed., March. 24, 2010 Editor's note: Still living in... More
Our goal is to always be increasing awareness about LYDIA’s mission and needs, in the hope to be able to impact more and more lives across the city of Chicago and in other areas. For this to happen... More
msnbc: March 23, 2010
A young mom’s plan unravels Amid setbacks, Hazel wonders if she can care for Autumn By Martha Irvine Associated Press updated 7:30 a.m. CT, Tues., March. 23, 2010 Editor's note: A young mother of... More
msnbc: March 22, 2010
Young mom faces a painful choice Hazel Evans finds another family to care for her newborn By Martha Irvine Associated Press updated 7:12 a.m. CT, Mon., March. 22, 2010 Editor's note: Already the... More
Open Enrollment at LYDIA Learn & Care Preschool
LYDIA Learn and Care offers full-day preschool/day care and after school with pick-up at select schools (Currently, Belding, Disney Magnet II and St. Viator). LYDIA provides a safe and caring... More
Rockford Register Star: October 10, 2009
Program gives parents in crisis a ‘respite’ Safe Families for Children provides temporary homes without foster care or the courts. By Georgette Braun RRSTAR.COM Posted Oct 10, 2009 @ 11:49 PM Erica... More
Organize a Casual Dress Friday Event for LYDIA
Support LYDIA by organizing a Casual Dress Friday Event . Staff simply make a donation, that will go to LYDIA, if they want to wear jeans to work. This way, employees get to be more comfortable and... More
Request LYDIA Representative for Speaking Engagement
Are you interested in having a representative from LYDIA Home Association come and share about our mission and programs? We would love the opportunity to share with your group. For more information... More
Support LYDIA When you Search or Shop Online
Support LYDIA as you surf or shop on the web. Simply go to GoodSearch & GoodShop , enter LYDIA Home Association as who you GoodSearch or GoodShop for and you can help raise money for us just by... More
Friends of LYDIA Brick Garden
Consider this unique gift as a memorial or as a thoughtful gesture that will honor a birthday, a special anniversary or a lasting friendship... LYDIA Commemorative Brick Garden Engraved bricks will... More
Work Study Placements Needed!
Would you or someone you know be interested in hiring an Urban Academy student as part of this program? Our staff is working hard to secure 20 job placements. Placements are needed in both Chicago... More
Donate Your Car
Are you thinking of selling or trading in your car? Why not donate it instead? As a charitable contribution your donation could make a big difference in the lives of some of Chicago’s neediest... More
Michael is a young man who has always longed for a sense of connection. “I remember being lonely ever since I was little,” he says. “At home, I never had anyone to talk to. I never really tried to... More
Helping Troubled Teens--Erin's Story
When I got pregnant, my mom was ashamed of me and told me to find another place to stay until the baby was born. I had no one else to turn to at that point, not even a friend. Thankfully, that’s when... More
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