LYDIA Home Association is a Christian, nonprofit organization that has been serving children in Chicago since 1916.


LYDIA’s mission of HOPE, HEALING, and HOME is a commitment to serve children and families in the Chicago area

Our mission is to strengthen families to care for children and to care for children when families cannot. Our programs are meant to both serve youth in care and be a blessing to our local community.

LYDIA Home Association was named after a woman in the Bible recorded in the book of Acts. The woman, Lydia, was a faithful, godly woman who opened her home to those who needed shelter. (Acts 16:14-15)


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Over 100 Years of Service 

In 1916, LYDIA was founded in Chicago’s Northwest side as an orphanage.

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Pride in the Best Care for Children

86% of LYDIA funding goes directly to programs serving the children.


Staff, Advocates, Volunteers, and Mentors Committed to Serving Our Children

Our staff at LYDIA Home reaches over 100 and grows every year.

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#1 Top Ranked Residential Treatment Program 

Consistently, LYDIA is ranked as a Level 1 program—the highest ranking given from DCFS.