Better Business Bureau Report for
Lawrence Hall Youth Services

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Address: 4833 N. Francisco Avenue
  Chicago , IL 60625
Phone: 773-769-3500
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Lawrence Hall/Randall House
Lawrence Hall School for Boys

Year, State Incorporated: 1869, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Lawrence Hall is a community based service agency embracing at-risk, neglected youth and their families by instilling resilience, healing and changing lives for good.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Lawrence Hall Youth Services meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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JOB TRAINING: Mentoring Youth To Inspire Meaningful Employment (MY TIME) is a job training program that helps at-risk youth secure and retain employment. Youth gain employment skills, and a taste of workforce success, through real-life work experiences across Chicago-area communities. TryMe’s is a full-service, youth-run café located at Lawrence Hall’s Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Dining Hall. Supervised by a professional staff, youth receive food service instruction while preparing meals for the young people who live on the Lawrence Hall’s campus. A future goal is for TryMe’s Café to evolve into a food service certification program for youth. FOSTER CARE: Our Foster Care Program provides safe, secure and nurturing homes for children who have been removed from their birth families because of abuse or neglect. Foster care offers havens for children until they can safely return to their families, transition to guardianship, or become adopted. THERAPEUTIC DAY SCHOOL: Our Therapeutic Day School uses specialized education programming to improve the academic, vocational, and social-emotional behavior of youth with behavioral disorders, emotional challenges and learning disabilities that inhibit success in public school settings. RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT: The Child and Family Treatment Center Program provides care to adolescents traumatized by abuse and neglect. Youth and their families receive intensive therapeutic treatment that is strengths based, family-focused and outcomes-driven. OLDER ADOLESCENT INITIATIVES: Two programs – the Transitional Living Program and Independent Living – help youth transition from residential or foster-care living, to dormitory-like settings and, eventually, to independent homes. With each program, young adults receive specialized care, support, supervision and life skills services to ease their transition into adulthood. SPECIALIZED SERVICES: Woven through each Lawrence Hall program are additional therapeutic and supportive services for youth to treat trauma, stabilize behavior, promote wellness and teach self-management skills essential to living independent and successful lives: Canine Therapy, Youth Advisory Council, Music Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation and Expressive Therapies.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Lawrence Hall Youth Services's program expenses were:

transitional living 4,459,731
institutional residential care 4,287,597
therapeutic day school 2,276,678
sst institutional care 2,134,516
relative/traditional foster care 1,781,471
specialized mental health foster care 669,103
workforce development 321,373
regualr group care 302,124
independent living 301,621
regular group care-northwest region 206,462
treatment family home foster care 191,317
vocational program 116,174
ETV/ Youth Summit 93,287
therapeutic day school-northwest region 46,857
balanced and restorative justice 22,018
After school matters 2,791
parenting ward 2,679
one summer chicago 2,530
R.I.S.E 354
Total Program Expenses: $17,218,683
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Chief Executive : Kara Teeple, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: R. Mark McCareins
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Metals Service Center Institute, General Counsel

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 250

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $19,549,678, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Lawrence Hall Youth Services's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
DCFS Related Revenue 14,027,182
Local Education Agency (CPS) 2,771,723
contributions 1,343,745
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice 500,213
distributions from beneficial interest in irrevocable trusts 463,944
DCFS Grant Related 380,321
United way of Metropolitan Chicago 287,394
investment income 211,519
other 100,724
special events 86,646
Food Grant Program 82,454
Allocations from episopal charites 70,000
unrealized gain on swap agreement 47,842
Other 15,997
realized gains on sales of investments 13,782
unrealized gains (losses) on investments -1,139
decrease in value of benefical interest in irrevocable trusts -425,453
Total Income $19,976,894


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $19,976,894
Program expenses $17,218,683
Fund raising expenses 747,622
Administrative expenses 3,161,623
Total expenses $21,127,928
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,151,034)
Beginning net assets 28,526,211
Other Changes in Net Assets (644,476)
Ending net assets 26,730,701
Total liabilities 14,489,407
Total assets $41,220,108

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