The Uhlich Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Asylum is incorporated in the state of Illinois, marking the
official beginning of UCAN as it’s known today.
The concept of an orphan home originates with members of St. Pauls Church in Chicago who commit to care for youth whose fathers might not return from battle in the Civil War.
St. Pauls members raise $8,000 and the Women’s Auxiliary start a children's orphanage in a small cottage at LaSalle and Ontario streets in downtown Chicago.
Concerned, active women serve as matrons and are the most fervent supporters, event organizers and fundraisers.
Christine Rathsfeld serves as the first matron and the home’s only employee.
St. Pauls members Mr. and Mrs. Carl Uhlich donate a parcel of land to support the founding of a German children’s orphan home. The land is sold for $1 to the home, which is then named the Uhlich Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Asylum (September 19).
Located on Wentworth Avenue and LaSalle Street between 23rd and 26th streets, the home specifically provides support for orphans of members of the Evangelical Lutheran faith.