History

For nearly 90 years, Family Service of Lake County has been meeting the changing needs of families in local communities.

In collaboration with many partners, we have evolved from a 1930s relief agency to a provider of counseling for all ages, specialized services for seniors and caregivers, and educational programs and resources for Latino residents and area youth.

Depression food line      Milk distribution

  • Founding 1930
    Formed Highland Park Social Service Committee to provide work and financial relief for Highland Park families devastated by the Great Depression
  • Incorporation 1936
    Incorporated as Highland Park Social Service Committee
  • New name, new services 1949
    Changed name to Family Service of Highland Park, initiated Counseling services
  • Senior advocacy 1960s
    Initiated Senior Advocacy services
  • Latino mental health support 1981
    Began mental health support for the Latino community with the region's first bilingual-bicultural therapist
  • Nuestro Center 1997
    Opened Nuestro Center, the first regional Latino family resource center, and initiated After-School Homework Club for Latino students
  • Mental health services for seniors 2002
    Became Lake County's provider of mental health services for seniors and caregivers through support from the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
  • After-school expansion 2008-2011
    Added middle school and high school Latino after-school programs, ensuring a continuum of support for students and families from age 6 through transition to higher education
  • Social-emotional support 2013
    Introduced social-emotional development programming for students and families in collaboration with School District 112
  • New home for Nuestro Center June 2017
    Moved Nuestro Center to a new facility in Highwood, providing more program space and a more central location for the families we serve
  • Youth & family counseling expansion October 2017
    Counseling services expanded with a therapist focused on youth and families to meet the rising rate of anxiety and depression among teens