Enriching lives since 1891.

The Avenue Family Network, Inc. originated in 1891 as the National Children’s Home Society for the District of Michigan “to secure for every child the same love and the same opportunity that we would have our own children receive should they be left orphaned and friendless.” ┬áThe first child was taken into our care on September 28, 1891, followed by hundreds of orphaned children who we helped by finding them permanent homes. Since that time, our programs have changed as new community needs were identified and as we grew to become a full-service organization serving children, families and adults. Our most recent change came in November of 2018 when the organization transition to a new brand under, The Avenue. Today we offer services through five comprehensive programs that serve the people living in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties.

“When we reach that fork in the road, we can go down an avenue that does not embrace change – the one that feels stressful and does not seek help and guidance. Or we can choose the avenue that brings us the most joy.”


Joe Goepfrich
Executive Director

Employee Portal