History

Family Service began in 1930 in response to community members devastated by the Great Depression.   Over the past 85 years, our services have grown in response to the changing needs of the communities we serve.  Our mission focuses on three core initiatives:

             Senior and Caregiver Services

             Counseling for All Ages

             Latino and Youth Services

Today, we serve over 9,000 residents in 62 communities across Lake and northern Cook Counties. Our clients come from diverse communities across the full economic spectrum and life cycle.  We continue to evolve to respond to critical community and regional needs. 

1930 – Highland Park Social Service Committee formed to provide emergency work and financial relief to families devastated by the Great Depression

1936 – Legally incorporated as Highland Park Social Service Committee

1949 – Name changed to Family Service of Highland Park, services broadened to include counseling for the emotional and psychological needs of individuals and families, including seniors

1951 – Counseling services expanded to Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Highwood, and Deerfield

1957 – Agency certified as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation by the Internal Revenue Service

1960s – Senior Advocacy services introduced

1964 – Satellite offices opened in central and western Lake County; name changed to Family Service of South Lake County

1967 – Family Service of Barrington Area established

1981 – Full-time geriatric specialist hired to serve as Senior Advocate for seniors at the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Senior Center (now Dickinson Hall)

1981 – Support services for the Latino community began with the hiring of the region's first bilingual-bicultural therapist

1993 – Employee Assistant Programs (EAP) developed for local employers, including local municipalities

1997 – Services for Latino community expanded with opening of Nuestro Center, first regional family welcome center; Family Service Wauconda office opened

2002 – Awarded funding as Lake County's provider of mental health assessment and treatment to seniors by the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging (now Agency on Aging Northern Illinois)

2003 – Board of Directors develops and adopts first Three-Year Strategic Plan

2008 – LYI (Latino Youth Initiative) begun at Highland Park High School to support Latino students and families, with goal to keep youth in school through high school graduation and college through age 21

2009 – Access-to-Care initiative begun to provide mental health services for low-income seniors and caregivers of seniors in northwestern Lake County

2010 – Family Service is awarded the "Key to the City of Highland Park" for 80 years of service to the community

2011 LYI receives award for excellence from School District 113, YESS (Youth Educational Support and Success) is begun at Northwood Junior High School to promote students’ successful transition into high school and help defer school drop-out

2012 – YESS is honored by School District 112 for “making a meaningful difference in the lives of students,”  “Women Coming Together” counseling group begun in Barrington Area in response to needs identified by the Healthier Barrington Coalition.  GROW program of fee-free youth and family counseling opens at CROYA in Lake Forest; new offices opened in Round Lake and Round Lake Park to serve seniors and caregivers using Access-to-Care initiative

2013 – Connect and SELF programs begun, services for low-income seniors and caregivers expanded to northeastern Lake County, two new offices in Waukegan and one office in Zion opened to serve expanded senior and caregiver services