Living Our Mission for More than 70 Years

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Our History

our-history-contentHistory of Improving Lives and Providing Hope

From its start in rural post-war Hamilton, Ohio, LifeSpan’s growth over more than six decades has mirrored that of the communities it serves. This organization has had an impact that has spanned generations and rippled into families, neighborhoods, schools, and businesses to make our communities healthier, safer and better places to live.
LifeSpan’s history as a private, not-for-profit organization began in 1945 as communities all across America, including in Butler County, celebrated the end of a war while facing the challenges that resulted when soldiers returned to their families and homes needing jobs, assistance and support.

A small counseling agency called Family Services of Hamilton, the forerunner of LifeSpan, was created in Hamilton to provide needed support to these military families.

As society rebounded after the war, the Baby Boom began and Butler County experienced dramatic growth over the next decades which created new challenges for families and communities. LifeSpan kept pace by adding new programs to meet these changing community needs and as well as the needs in Warren County which also began growing significantly.

Now in the 21st century, LifeSpan has more programs, staff and offices than it had in 1945, but it remains focused on a mission of “strengthening families and individuals who seek to improve the quality of their lives.”

Annually its programs reach thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels across Butler, Warren and Hamilton Counties.