Kids Above All

Kids Above All (formerly ChildServ), which was founded in 1894 by Lucy Rider Meyer as the Methodist Deaconess Orphanage—later, the Lake Bluff Children’s Home—to shelter and find permanent homes for orphaned children in and around Chicago. Since that time, Kids Above All’s mission to build better lives for children and families experiencing poverty, violence, and injustice has impacted more than 150,000 clients. Currently, Kids Above All provides early childhood learning, safe, supportive housing, and trauma-informed counseling services to 4,583 youth and families in under-resourced communities in Cook, DuPage, Kane and Lake counties.

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Safe, Supportive Housing
  • Trauma-Informed counseling

Contact Deaconess Catherine Inserra, Manager of Faith & Community Relations at



Formerly known as Methodist Youth Services, Inc., MYSI was founded in 1964 by a group of Methodist men with the initial focus of providing shelter and community resources for homeless families and youth with no or limited resources. Today, MYSI continues to embrace its mission to help those in need while promoting our Wesleyan values that uphold respect and compassion for others.

  • Housing programs, case management and clinical services for youth involved with DCFS and the Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Teen Pregnancy Primary Prevention Program (TP4) in schools and churches
  • Seniors 2 Success program providing intensive advocacy case management services to seniors who reside in the City of Chicago and its bordering suburbs
  • Twice weekly Emergency Food Pantry

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Rosecrance is a leading provider of substance use and mental health treatment programs and services to more than 16,000 for children, teens, adults and families who reside across the Northern Illinois Conference. Services include:

  • Substance abuse prevention, early intervention and treatment for children, youth and adults
  • Mental health treatment for children, teens and adults
  • Family education and support
  • Teen outpatient treatment, training and education and Parent Cafes in offices throughout Chicagoland

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