Jessie’s Kids Foundation, Inc. (formerly The Friends of Cary Home for Children) expanded its mission in order to better serve at-risk youth in Tippecanoe County. Jessie’s Kids Foundation supports the youth of Tippecanoe County by providing funding for educational, recreational and family support programs. The organization supports youth programs at Cary Home, Juvenile Alternatives and Juvenile Probation.
Jessie's Kids is named for Jessie Levering Cary, a Tippecanoe County native who was dedicated to the welfare of children. On December 11, 1929, Franklin Cary donated funds for the Jessie Levering Cary Home for Children, named in memory of his wife. The home was dedicated on November 30, 1930. Until 1972, Cary Home operated as an orphanage, housing boys and girls with bad home lives. Cary Home later became a residential treatment center for adolescent boys and girls. Today Cary Home for Children strives to prepare adolescents for successful re-entry to the community through case management and treatment, educational support, family services, and behavior modification.