Nachusa Lutheran Home
Nachusa Lutheran Home opened in 1904 as an orphanage, thanks to Mary Shippert, who generously donated 53 acres of rich, northern Illinois farmland. A church leader and farmer in the Dixon area, the compassionate Shippert took an orphaned girl into her home. Aware of the many parentless children who needed of a home, she donated the land. In 1904, the Nachusa Lutheran Home became home to its first group of orphans.
Since then, Nachusa Lutheran Home has evolved to become the building block for LSSI programming in the north central Illinois area. In the 1940s, when child welfare started to emphasize the importance of foster care, the home began placing and supervising children in foster homes. In the 1950s and 1960s, Nachusa added in-home counseling and foster homes for unwed mothers, and an increased emphasis was placed on adoptive services. In 1967, when the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was created, the Home began serving children placed residentially (or at Nachusa Lutheran Home) and in foster families by DCFS.
Today, Nachusa offers a variety of innovative services geared to improving the lives of children and families. The campus is home to several LSSI programs, including:
- Adolescent Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
- Adoption services
- Alternatives to Detainment (24-hour residential treatment for youth on probation)
- Foster care services
- Intensive Outpatient Services (group and individual therapy for youth)
- System of Care (placement stabilization of foster children, who are wards of DCFS, and their foster families)
- Youth Diversion Services (for youths ages 10-17 who are on probation)
LSSI is an Illinois Licensed Child Welfare Agency - License #013005
Nachusa Lutheran Home is licensed by DCFS as a Child Care Institution – License # 037202-10.
Nachusa Lutheran Home’s substance abuse treatment services are licensed by the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse – Level I and II: license # A-0286-0020-A; and Level III: license #A-0286-0018-A.