BELLEVILLE,IL (December 2015) – Caritas Family Solutions and Hoyleton Ministries will collaborate to host a ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, to give the community an inside look at the newly renovated facility where St. John Bosco Children’s Center and Hoyleton Ministries Transitional Living Program will reside.
The facility, at 900 Royal Height Road in Belleville, Illinois, was formerly an nursing home and currently houses the children of St. John Bosco Children’s Center, a program of Caritas Family Solutions. St. John Bosco is a residential treatment center serving abused and neglected children, ages 6-13, throughout Southern Illinois. Caritas purchased the building in October 2014 with plans to renovate and make the center a safe, fun, home-like atmosphere for the children. The renovation plans also include creating a nonprofit collaborative center where local nonprofits can share resources and services. “We value collaboration, and what better way to serve the community than to partner with like-minded organizations to address community needs.” Gary Huelsmann, MSW, CEO of Caritas Family Solutions said.
Hoyleton Ministries has leased one wing on the second floor of the building where they will house their Pregnant and Parenting Teen Transitional Living Program. The program serves adolescent mothers, between the ages of 17 and 20, who, with their children, are under the guardianship of the Department of Children and Family Services. The program has an overall goal of providing housing to these young mothers that allows them to live with and care for their children while developing the knowledge and skills to enable the young parent to transition to independence prior to her twenty-first birthday. “Teen parents, like all young people, must be supported and encouraged to see and reach their full potential,” stated Chris L. Cox President and CEO of Hoyleton Ministries. “The prosperity of families and communities depends on our ability to create pathways. From day one, teen mothers should have a roadmap on how to succeed.”
While the first phase of renovations is complete, phase 2 is just beginning. This next phase will involve upgrading space for St. John Bosco staff and programming, and a wing for abused and neglected juveniles, ages 13-16. In addition, renovations will take place to house the Belleville Regional offices of Caritas, including foster care and counseling services. Space is currently available to rent at the center and can be subdivided as small as 150 sq. ft. or as large as 15,000 sq. ft. For additional information on the available space please call 618.213.8705.
Caritas Family Solutions, founded in 1947, is a nonprofit social services agency providing adoption, pregnancy care, foster care, counseling, senior assisted living, senior employment, Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) for people with developmental disabilities, juvenile offender therapy programs, and the St. John Bosco Children’s Center for abused and neglected children. Caritas serves more than 4,400 individuals annually throughout its 42- county service area through a network of quality services with a spirited, dedicated, professional staff who serve others with respect and dignity at every stage of life. Offices are located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, East Alton, and Effingham. For additional information, visit the Caritas Family Solutions website at www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.