Tena Lokken Named Children’s Home Board President

By Melissa Cleland on July 5, 2017

Children’s Home Society of Idaho Names Tena Lokken as Board President 

BOISE, Idaho (July 5, 2017) –  Children’s Home Society of Idaho, a Boise-based nonprofit organization which operates the Warm Springs Counseling Center and  provides quality mental, emotional, and behavioral health care to children in our community, named Tena Lokken as Board President during their recent annual meeting.

Board President, Tena Lokken said, “I’m thrilled to serve as the new President of the Children’s Home Society Board of Directors. Promoting mental, emotional and behavioral health for children in our community is the heart and soul of our mission. I am honored to lead such a wonderful board of directors, all of whom are equally committed to ensuring the success of that mission.”

During the meeting the organization’s new board of directors were elected.  Leading the organization for the upcoming year are: Tena Lokken, president; Mark Miller, vice president; Ann Cordum, past president; Brian Doster, treasurer; Anselme Sadiki, secretary. Marshall Baker, Jim Graham, and Jesse Hamilton, were elected Executive Committee members at large. Five members –Ann Cordum, Julie Gramer, Maria Mills, Scott Schoenherr, and Milford Terrell have extended their terms to 2020.


FINAL 2017 Board Photo

Back Row L to R: Judge Trott, Scott Schoenherr, Brian Doster, Jesse Hamilton, Tena Lokken, Susie Schumacher, Julie Gramer, Bonnie Schwenkfelder, Marshall Baker, and Jim Graham.

Front Row L to R: Maria Mills, Ann Cordum, Anselme Sadiki, and Milford Terrell.

Not pictured: Rob Turner, Mark Miller, Mark Houston, Kathryn Beattie


Registration is Open: Girls’ Group: Girls and the Media, Miss Representation

By Melissa Cleland on March 3, 2017

girls' group flyer Spring 2017 (002)

Charity Golf Scramble – May 3, 2017

By Melissa Cleland on March 1, 2017

Please join us for a Charity Golf Scramble at Quail Hollow on May 3, 2017.

For more information, please click here.

Larry H. Miller Donates to Children’s Home

By Melissa Cleland on January 18, 2017

We’d like to thank Larry H. Miller (LHM Charities) who recently supported the Children’s Home Society of Idaho with a $5,000 donation. This donation will provide mental, emotional, and behavioral healthcare to children in our community.  Thank you Larry H. Miller, we are grateful for your support!

Pictured Left to Right: CHS Executive Director Anselme Sadiki, Larry H. Miller Representative Jennifer Friedrich, and CHS Development Manager Jane Ahl.

Pictured Left to Right: CHS Executive Director, Anselme Sadiki; Larry H. Miller Representative, Jennifer Friedrich;  and CHS Development Manager, Jane Ahl.

2016 Holiday Newsletter

By Melissa Cleland on November 30, 2016

It’s the season of giving…  if you’d like to view our 2016 Holiday Newsletter, please click here.


2015-2016 CHS Annual Report

By Melissa Cleland on September 7, 2016

To view our 2015-2016 Annual Report, click here.



Idaho Shakespeare Festival Donates Tickets To Children’s Home

By Melissa Cleland on August 3, 2016

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival graciously donated 30 tickets to My Fair Lady to the children we serve and their family members. An evening spent at Idaho Shakespeare Festival was such a special treat for them; without an opportunity such as this it is highly unlikely that they would be able to experience the thrill of live theater. Thank you, Idaho Shakespeare Festival for your generous gift – our community is lucky to have you!!



Union Pacific Makes Donation to Children’s Home

By Melissa Cleland on July 13, 2016

Thanks to the Union Pacific Foundation for the recent donation to the Children’s Home. Union Pacific Director of Public Affairs, Nathan Anderson presented the check to our Executive Director, Anselme Sadiki in June. This donation will provide mental, emotional, and behavioral healthcare to children in our community, to at-risk children in our community.
Union Pacific is a fan of our community and Idaho in general. We’re just one of many who received support this year. The Foundation has distributed funds to nonprofits in communities served by Union Pacific since 1959. We’re so grateful… Thanks again!
Children's Home Executive Director and Union Pacific Director of Public Affairs, Nathan Anderson.

Anselme Sadiki and Union Pacific Director of Public Affairs, Nathan Anderson.

Amazon Gift Cards Help Fill Our Snack Pantry

By Melissa Cleland on July 6, 2016

Mr. Tim Young (who works for Interstate-Electric Supply) called to let us know that he has donated $100 in Amazon gift cards. We used these gift cards to buy supplies for the snack pantry located in our Warm Springs Counseling Centers.

We see over 100 children for counseling every day, and we try to keep a stocked snack pantry for the children that arrive hungry… It costs us over $6,000 a year to maintain the snack pantries.  Thanks for your generosity Tim, it truly makes a difference.

Snack Pantry Amazon Donation

Siblings Reunited 69 Years Later

By Melissa Cleland on June 1, 2016

L to R - Anselme Sadiki, Carolyn, Barbara, Brent.

L to R – Anselme Sadiki, Carolyn, Barbara, Brent.

Meet Carolyn (second from the left). Carolyn was adopted from the Children’s Home in 1945. Once adopted, Carolyn moved with her new family and Burley, Idaho became home. In 2013, our office received a ‘Request for Adoption Records’ from Carolyn. With her records and the help of her son, Carolyn quickly discovered that she had two half-brothers and one half-sister. United with all three siblings, 69 years later, Carolyn recently returned to the Children’s Home, bringing her sister (Barbara) and her brother (Brent) to thank us for giving her the information she received which aided in locating her family.

“The Children’s Home is elated that with access to her adoption records, Carolyn was able to reunite with her siblings. While our mission today is to offer counseling and mental health therapy to all children in our community, the past legacy is as important and is a part of the fabric of what we are striving to do. Carolyn’s story is a true testament to that”, stated Anselme Sadiki, Executive Director.

Carolyn now lives in Twin Falls, Brent in Montana, and Barbara in California (her second bother lives in Utah).