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
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
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
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
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
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.