United Voices for Children   United Voices for Children is a coalition of groups and individuals within the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church, founded in 1979 and dedicated to speak and act on behalf of children, youth and their families who lack the voice of an advocate; and to nurture and support ministries of the Conference serving these children and youth. United Voices for Children serves as:
  • A catalyst generating support for the NIC child serving agencies (ChildServ, MYSI Corporation and Rosecrance Health Network) and enlisting members in the local church to become advocates, trained to speak on behalf of children and their families in their communities.
  • A conduit through which information and resources can flow back and forth between congregations and child serving agencies, generating ideas for new ministries and ways that local congregations can collaborate with the agencies in implementing their services to their constituents.
All are welcome to become a local child advocate through UVC by contacting us by email: . We also invite local churches and organizations to nominate outstanding child advocates and those that work with our children for our annual Bishop Jesse R. DeWitt and Katherine B. Greene Awards. Visit our website at: unitedvoicesforchildren.org
  ChildServlogohas helped Chicagoland’s at-risk children and their families build, achieve and sustain better lives since 1894. Founded by Lucy Rider Meyer and the Methodist Deaconess Community, ChildServ puts kids and their families first by serving more than 2,700 children and their families each year. Services include:    
  • foster care and adoption
  • education supports for children age 0 to 5, and for teens and young adults seeking college and a career path
  • family counseling
  • help for military families
  • group homes in Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle and Wheaton that house previously abused or neglected teens and young adults
www.childserv.org  
  MYSI Logo2 formerly known as Methodist Youth Services, Inc., MYSI was founded in 1964 by a group of Methodist men with the initial focus of providing shelter and community resources for homeless families and youth with no or limited resources. Today, MYIS continues to embrace its mission to help those in need while promoting our Wesleyan values that uphold respect and compassion for others.    
  • Housing programs, case management and clinical services for youth involved with DCFS and the Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Teen Pregnancy Primary Prevention Program (TP4) in schools and churches
  • Seniors 2 Success program providing intensive advocacy case management services to seniors who reside in the City of Chicago and its bordering suburbs
  • Twice weekly Emergency Food Pantry
www.myschicago.org
  rosecrance is a leading provider of substance use and mental health treatment programs and services to more than 16,000 for children, teens, adults and families who reside across the Northern Illinois Conference. Services include:      
  • Substance abuse prevention, early intervention and treatment for children, youth and adults
  • Mental health treatment for children, teens and adults
  • Family education and support
  • Teen outpatient treatment, training and education and Parent Cafes in offices throughout Chicagoland
www.rosecrance.org  

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