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 the fall of 1969, foster care was introduced when five boys had nowhere to return to after summer camp ended. Residential treatment services were provided for only boys until 1994 when treatment for girls was added.

 

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.