50 Years, 50 Stories

50 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 is today.

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