Lydia Home Association

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Lydia Home Association is a Christian, non-profit organization that has been serving children in Chicago since 1916. Our programs are meant to both serve youth in care and be a blessing to our local community.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lydia Home Association
4300 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60641


Phone: 773-355-5577

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 361412810

CEO/President: Dr. David Anderson

Chairman: John Phillips

Board size: 12

Founder: Ladies Aid Society

Ruling year: 1942

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2009


LYDIA provides HOPE, HEALING, and HOME to children in foster care.

HOPE is a future. Lydia empowers kids exposed to trauma to believe in a brighter tomorrow.

HEALING is the restoration of God-given dignity. Lydia provides an integrated, holistic approach to help children recover from the emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse they've endured.

HOME is finding a child's forever family. For those who live at Lydia, home means a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow.

Mission statement

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.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating393 of 109112 of 34
Fund acquisition rating699 of 109418 of 34
Resource allocation rating467 of 109413 of 34
Asset utilization rating226 of 109111 of 34

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,554,550$1,016,867$711,945$536,788$658,090
Short-term investments$696,899$725,859$716,647$695,154$656,790
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,309,699$3,739,286$3,179,976$1,919,476$1,921,303
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,175,233$997,498$828,606$760,488$823,621
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,175,233$997,498$828,606$760,488$823,621
Total assets$5,484,932$4,736,784$4,008,582$2,679,964$2,744,924
Payables and accrued expenses$1,327,854$978,106$698,619$591,233$567,063
Other current liabilities$755,190$239,190$123,906$0$0
Total current liabilities$2,083,044$1,217,296$822,525$591,233$567,063
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$851,065$855,120$3,930$3,742
Total liabilities$2,083,044$2,068,361$1,677,645$595,163$570,805
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$3,118,839$2,522,997$2,121,368$1,720,173$1,485,746
With donor restrictions$283,049$145,426$209,569$364,628$688,373
Net assets$3,401,888$2,668,423$2,330,937$2,084,801$2,174,119
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,636,145$600,809$546,777$586,084$706,436
Program service revenue$7,951,770$6,802,611$5,882,142$5,123,259$5,173,518
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$30,428$30,269$37,373$36,001$624,841
Other revenue$0$0$9,289($21,381)($67,552)
Total other revenue$7,982,198$6,832,880$5,928,804$5,137,879$5,730,807
Total revenue$9,618,343$7,433,689$6,475,581$5,723,963$6,437,243
Program services$7,576,025$6,143,431$5,508,534$5,074,632$5,086,694
Management and general$1,025,719$871,125$645,109$561,246$638,005
Total expenses$8,829,601$7,083,128$6,239,712$5,803,961$5,932,280
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$788,742$350,561$235,869($79,998)$504,963
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$788,742$350,561$235,869($79,998)$504,963


David AndersonExecutive Director$129,530
Jeff IsolaChief Financial Officer$104,937

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/1/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1913, the Ladies Aid Society of the Salem Evangelical Free Church of Chicago felt the need to carry out God's command of caring for the fatherless. They decided that each month they would mend and sew clothing for children who lived in orphanages. As they distributed the clothing the ladies became aware that these orphanages where filled to capacity. It was evident to them that God was calling them to go further than just mend and sew clothing - He wanted them to provide a home for children who had no one to care for them. The ladies responded to God's calling and in 1916, the charter for LYDIA Children's Home Society was formed.

In 1917, tragedy struck one of the ladies within the Ladies Aid Society. Dora Ogne was struck ill with Scarlet Fever and died, leaving her husband Andrew to care for seven children. Andrew knew of the Ladies Aid Society desire to start an orphanage, he went to them with an offer of giving his home to the society to start their orphanage if they would help care for his children. As a result, the vision for LYDIA Children's Home had become a reality with seven children.

The next 2 years - LYDIA Children's Home found it essential to purchase two more homes to provide for the many children that God continued to place in their care. In 1920, the property at 4300 West Irving Park Road was purchased as a larger, permanent home for LYDIA's children.

Today, over 100 years later, LYDIA remains committed to providing Hope, Healing and Home to children in the foster care community. The challenges we face are great, but we are grateful for the sacred privilege to serve with the aim of improving children's lives and providing opportunities for families to be restored.

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

Program accomplishments

Our residential Treatment Program is consistently ranked as a Level 1 program, the highest possible rating granted by DCFS.