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Published Sept. 9, 2010                                                    

Join us to see how HCS Family Services makes a difference

    This is an exciting time for HCS Family Services. Formerly known as Hinsdale Community Services, the agency recently retooled its name and logo and recalibrated its focus in working to better the lives of low-income families in southeast DuPage County.
   It is also an exciting time for The Hinsdalean, as we are pleased to announce that HCS Family Services is our Making A Difference partner for the upcoming year.
   During its more than seven decades as a nonprofit organization, HCS Family Services has continually found ways to better meet the needs of a changing society.
   The organization’s refreshed tagline, “Empowering Families, Changing Lives,” reflects a new emphasis on outcomes-based programming, in which clients are equipped to thrive, not just survive.
   Through our journalistic lens, we look forward to seeing how this approach impacts people beyond traditional social service models.
  HCS operates two regular food pantries — one at Westmont Alliance Church for people in need of weekly resources, and the healthy food options pantry in the Hinsdale Memorial Building — as well as a mobile food pantry in the Willowbrook area.
   Its E.L.I.T.E.S. program, which stands for Enhancing Lives in Transition through Education Strategically, works to foster self-sufficiency among clients. The tools to change lives include career training, schooling and child care services.
   HCS Family Services endeavors to improve the quality of life for people in our area in many other efforts. A housing assistance program, long-term stabilization counseling for families in crisis, provision of funds for utility bills and other immediate needs and a holiday assistance program are just some of the ways the agency is leaving its imprint.
   We look forward to learning more about new programs such as Healthy Lifestyles and Parent Mentor Program to encourage parents in making good choices for themselves and their children.
   A long-standing partnership with Community Memorial Foundation has served HCS well, and officials expressed desire to connect with other local service organizations seems a wise vision, especially as funds become scarce in this economy.
   Perhaps the most effective way to spread the message is to get people involved. Talking with HCS volunteers and seeing how the agency works to expand its network will be educational.
   We hope you enjoy the series of HCS Family Services stories we present to you over the next nine months as much as we anticipate composing them.





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