LYDIA provides HOPE, HEALING, and HOME to children and families.
Serving children in Chicago since 1916.
LYDIA Home Association is a Christian, nonprofit organization that has been serving children in Chicago since 1916.
LYDIA Home Association was named after a woman in the Bible recorded in the book of Acts. The woman, Lydia, was a faithful, godly woman who opened her home to those who needed shelter. (Acts 16:14-15)
Our mission is to strengthen families to care for children and to care for children when families cannot. Our programs are meant to both serve youth in care and be a blessing to our local community.
Our Pillar Program Continuum of Care
At LYDIA we proudly offer six foundational pillars of care in which we provide support children and families at any stage in their journey.
1. Intact Family Services
DCFS-involved families are empowered to remain intact as in-home support and services promote safety and well-being.
2. Foster Care Program
Children and youth are supported in loving homes as their parents receive services with the goal of reunification.
3. Residential Treatment
Children ages 6-18 receive intensive behavioral and emotional therapy to be able to successfully reintegrate into a positive family environment.
4. Counseling Center
Therapists support individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds in their journey toward healing and well-being.
5. Safe Families for Children
A network of volunteer families provides temporary homes for children whose families are facing a crisis.
6. Safe Families PLUS
Providing trained volunteer mentors with youth residents of Lydia Home who are aging out of the foster care program.