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The Former Indiana Soldiers' & Sailors' Children's Home is located at:

10892 North St. Rd. 140
Knightstown, IN  46148

The facility is now run by the
National Guard based
Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy.  You can find out more about them by clicking onto the link below:

Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy

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Originally designed for disabled veterans, ISSCH became the Home for thousands of orphaned Hoosier children since it was established in 1865.  Our Alumni Association (since it's founding in 1892) has maintained strong ties to the Home and will continue to do so in the future.  During the nomination process, the Indiana Department of the Military assumed control over the campus and helped to finish the nomination.  The Military Department plans to re-adapt both the historic and non-historic buildings on campus and use the structures to continue to serve children.  Today the campus is home to the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy, a program for at-risk youth ran by the Indiana Army National Guard.

The Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home Alumni Association would like to thank the DHPA for recognizing our campus and it's historic significance to Indiana, our veterans, and the many children that have resided at the Home for over 144 years.  We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Indiana Army National Guard for helping us to attain this goal.
The Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' 
Children's Home Alumni Association

The (ISSCH) Alumni Association was established in 1892, dedicated to the perpetuation of the brotherhood and sisterhood of the ISSCH Alumni Association.  We are a 501(c)(3) 
non-profit organization committed to preserving the rich History of our Home and to promote the well-being and education of children through chosen representatives and committees.   

ISSCH Alumni Association
The Indiana Soldiers' & Sailors' Children's Home, Knightstown, Indiana
Hyca Grdaduation
Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy  Director Bethany Williams, Cadet  Josiah Schaekel, and Congressman Luke Messer. Schaekel 
Is the 2014 ISSCH Alumni Scholarship winner. He is a resident of Greenfield Indiana and plans to further his education. Congressman Messer Spoke to the Graduating Cadets. He encouraged them to Take advantage of the opportunity that has been put in front of them. Being from a small town in Indiana, Messer told the cadets that anything is possible if they focus on their future. 

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ISSCH Alumni Board​

Our purpose is to continue our tradition and make a lasting difference in kids lives.
The Board meets on campus once a month to oversee all Alumni activities.
Our major project is Homecoming, but, we also do many other activities.
We raise Money for a scholarship . This scholarship goes to a student who completes the Hyca Challenge. 
Hyca has 2 classes a year lasting 5 1/2 months each.
We also have cook outs with the Cadets and we teach a history class to all the new Cadets. The class teaches the Cadets the history of the campus and the people who went to school at Morton Memorial.
We also do Mock Job Interviews towards the end of the 
It takes a lot of Time and dedication from each of  our Board Members to keep our Alumni Association alive.
We hope to continue to keep our Association alive and with your support we plan to be around for many years to come.

Thank You
Alumni Board

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