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50 Years, 50 Stories

Aunt Martha's Logo with 50th Anniversary50 Years of Memories, Milestones and More

While it may look different today, Aunt Martha’s started with a small group of people in Park Forest who wanted to give youth in their community a place to be safe, understood, and heard. They hoped for a place where caring, loving, and supportive peers and adults – like an “Aunt Martha” – would be a place to protect, defend, and support runaways or young people who needed a place to go. With just a couple thousand dollars and a handful of individuals looking to make a difference in their community, the first youth drop-in center, counseling services, and volunteer foster homes were established in Park Forest.

Join us this year as we celebrate 50 Stories of Aunt Martha’s and honor this journey from those early moments in 1972 through trials, successes, innovation, to become the health care provider and hero of the child welfare industry it has become.

A Response to a Need (posted March 11, 2022

The Importance of Partnerships (posted March 18, 2022

From Gripe-In to Growin’ (posted March 25, 2022)

Breakthrough Services: Family Planning (posted April 1, 2022)

Breakthrough Services: Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services (posted April 8, 2022)

Breakthrough: Joint Commission Accreditation and FQHC Status (Posted April 15, 2022)

Breakthrough: Health Disparities Collaborative on Adolescent Depression (Posted April 22, 2022)

Tackling Urgent Youth and Family Challenges in Joliet and Beyond (Posted April 29, 2022)

Aunt Martha’s ICC Staff Offer Hope, Comfort to Kids in Midst of Crisis (Posted May 6, 2022)

A Safe Place for DCFS Youth Affected by COVID-19 (Posted May 13, 2022)

A Step Down Program to Help DCFS Kids Get Ready to Transition (Posted May 20, 2022)

Social Justice and the Civil Rights of DCFS Kids (Posted May 27, 2022)