Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, 360 Youth Services reach agreement to be stronger together

The Illinois Lutheran Child and Family Services leadership team has finalized an agreement to bring 360 youth services under its organizational umbrella.

360 Youth Services will continue to operate as a separate nonprofit social service organization, retaining its name, mission, values, and services, but with LCFS providing administrative support and governance. Both organizations are committed to working together to strengthen and expand the youth and family-centered prevention, counseling and housing programs provided by 360 in Naperville, Aurora and surrounding communities.

“Our organizations saw each other as a good complement because our missions, values ​​and commitments to welcoming marginalized youth are so closely aligned,” said Mike Bertrand, LCFS President and CEO, of the agreement. “Having raised my family in Aurora, I know the incredible impact 360 has had in this community over the past 50 years, and I want it to continue. What made 360 ​​appealing to LCFS, these are their preventative services because I believe we need to provide support to more children and families before they reach a point of crisis.”

Together, the two organizations already serve more than 5,600 young people and their families across Illinois and hope to increase that impact. LCFS has a very strong commitment to older youth and is currently one of the largest adolescent service providers in the Illinois child welfare system.

360 Youth Services is the only service provider for homeless youth outside of Chicago, Illinois.

“Our programs and impact are strong, but as a small nonprofit, we have faced administrative challenges,” said Dawn Melchiorre, 360 Acting Executive Director. will allow us to focus on serving more young people and their families to achieve our vision of a community where all young people have the skills to successfully meet life’s challenges.”

About Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois is a child welfare agency dedicated to improving the well-being of people statewide by protecting children, strengthening families, and building the future of those who have suffered trauma. After nearly 150 years, it has become the second largest community social service agency in Illinois with programs including foster care, adoption, counseling and prevention services. LCFS has regional locations in Chicago, Belleville, Decatur, Joliet, Kankakee, Mt. Vernon, Oak Brook, Quincy and Springfield.

About 360 Youth Services

360 Youth Services offers affordable mental health counseling, substance use prevention education, crisis intervention services for at-risk youth, community education and advocacy for vulnerable and marginalized youth, as well as safe and developmentally appropriate housing for homeless youth in Naperville, Aurora and surrounding communities.

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