Once upon a time
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Safe harbour - This photo in Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," shows The Life Boat Rescue Home for unwed mothers and abandoned children. The home was started and managed by the Hinsdale Sanitarium. "Relocated in 1903 from Chicago to Hinsdale, the home was strongly supported by village residents, expanding in 1909 to the building shown here at 328 Phillipa St. The home provided shelter, counseling, adoption placement, employment asistance and the opportunity for a new life. After offering refuge to 1,363 young women and 1,500 children, the home closed in 1932."