The Villages traces its roots to the late Dr. Karl Menninger, who founded the nation's first psychoanalytic hospital. In the 1960s, Menninger established homes for neglected youth in Kansas, Indiana and Michigan, and was an outspoken advocate battling child abuse.
The Villages of Indiana, Inc. was first established in 1978 by a Lilly Endowment initiative. In April 1980, the private, nonprofit, child and family services agency opened its first family model group home in Bedford, Indiana. The Bedford home was built with funds from a Lilly Endowment grant on a parcel of land donated by Dr. John Pless.
The Villages has grown exponentially during its 28-year history, from one group home in Bedford to more than 20 offices located strategically throughout Indiana. The Villages is now a provider of a wide array of child and family services.
Karl Menninger believed that abused, abandoned or neglected children should have the best opportunity to grow and flourish within a family. To that end, Dr. Menninger's vision remains a part of every program and service of The Villages.
Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
—Dr. Karl Menninger
The Villages' $2.5 million budget includes expansion of foster care to accommodate 30 children.
The Villages launches its first Capital Campaign.
The Villages creates a Child Development Institute.
Independent Living program begins, which prepares youth for self-sufficiency.
The Villages initiates family preservation and reunification programs.
The Villages offers outpatient counseling services.
The Villages receives a Family Services Grant.
Tapestry, an intensive therapeutic group home program, launches with first home in Indianapolis.
The Villages creates Emergency Shelter Care Services.
The Villages' Foundation surpasses $300,000 in annual cash and in-kind donations.
The Villages becomes licensed in Kentucky.
The Villages begins to provide Healthy Families services in Hancock and Lawrence counties.
The Villages begins Intensive Family Reunification and Wrap-Around services.
The Villages is selected as Division of Mental Health Provider.
The Villages begins Alternative School Management at Tapestry.
The Villages provides Aftercare child and family services.
The Villages expands its Healthy Families services into Brown and Jackson counties.
Children's Village Child Development and Education Center opens in Indianapolis.
Healthy Families programs are added in Decatur, Delaware and Lake counties.
Children's Village Child Development and Education Center opens in Bloomington.
The Villages' Family Connection Network begins, providing support and resources for grandparents raising grandchildren and other family members raising relatives.
The Villages celebrates its 25th anniversary and is now Indiana's largest child and family services agency, serving more than 1,200 children each day.
The Villages is selected as one of three Indiana pilot sites for the Healthy Families Indiana "Building Strong Families" initiative.
The Villages adds Monroe County to its array of Healthy Families services.
The Villages is selected by the Indiana Department of Child Services as the lead agency in an innovative, statewide Recruitment and Retention program to rebuild the Department of Child Services' foster and adoptive parent infrastructure.
The Villages' Annual Budget exceeds $25 million.
The Villages is selected by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for a Wendy's Wonderful Kids Grant.
PCAI merged with The Villages