The History of Eagle Village

 

In 1968 Eagle Boys Village was founded by the husband and wife team of Kermit and Jean Hainley and the first Board President, Clare Court of Appeals Judge, the honorable Donald E. Holbrook.  The Hainley family arrived at Eagle Village with eight boys and a tent.  The concept was to provide children removed from their homes the opportunity to grow, learn to love, and receive treatment for challenges they were facing.  The first eight were placed with the Hainleys by the courts and the long tradition of Eagle Village began.

 

In 1977 the current name, Eagle Village, was established and girls arrived for the first time to attend summer camp.  Foster care was introduced in the same year and in 1994 residential treatment for boys and girls was offered universally.

 

Visiting Eagle Village today, you will find girls and boys homes where teenagers receive necessary counseling and treatment along with leadership and life skills training, excellent education provided by the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District and opportunities for community service to ready them for returning home or to a foster, adoptive or independent living arrangement.