Join us in our Giving Tuesday effort to support the Tazewell Community Area Project, an essential service to those in East Peoria’s Richland neighborhood that has been cut from the State’s budget.
Make a contribution today and help us continue providing vital services to create a stronger community in one of the neediest areas of Central Illinois.
Prefer to help local kids in another way? We’re always in need of new hats, gloves, and scarves to keep the ears and fingers of those we serve warm and toasty! Stop by your local CYFS office today to drop of your donations.
Thank you for your support and generosity!
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions’ Blues for a Cause presented by John Graham & Associates has been rescheduled for Friday, April 8, 2016. The power-packed lineup remains unchanged, with headliner Selwyn Birchwood, an up-and-coming blues guitarist from Tampa and Toronzo Cannon, a Blues Hall of Famer from Chicago playing to the crowd at Peoria’s Limelight Eventplex. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00. Tickets are on sale through ticketfly.com or by calling the Limelight Eventplex box office at 309-693-1234. Check out our website for more information on the concert and the artists!
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions (CYFS) Guardian Angel Home Residential Facility for Youth will soon be relocating from its current location in West Peoria, to a new home in Morton. This move will allow us to modernize our facility to best suit the needs of the youth living at Guardian Angel Home. The new 9,400 sq. foot building is located at 260 E. Queenwood in Morton, and sits on over four acres on the edge of town (more).
New Day Senior Services Friendly Visitor volunteer Rosemarie Dentino was recently presented with the Central Illinois Agency on Aging’s “Because We Care” Senior Volunteer Award. Seniors Program Manager Ruth Urbanc and Volunteer Coordinator Sue Hirschman nominated Dentino for her dedication to selflessly serving seniors in Central Illinois throughout the past 35 years (more).
Emma came into care at just three-years-old. Her parents were unable to provide a safe home for her, and she was removed from the home for both environmental neglect, as well as domestic violence. Because of severe allergies, both food and environmental, Emma was considered medically complex, and needed constant monitoring to ensure her health. She was placed with relatives, but with such significant medical issues to attend to, the relatives were unable to care for her, and she was moved to a foster home with a family who could address her needs (more).
On Thursday, October 22, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Peoria and Tazewell Counties hosted an open house to celebrate the return of the program to the area, and to recruit new members and volunteers. RSVP advisory board members and several current members of the volunteer-based program attended to show their support of the program, which has been operating at CYFS since July. The Peoria Chamber of Commerce was on hand to hold the ribbon cutting to officially welcome the program back to the community. “We were encouraged by the great turnout, and want thank everyone, including the Chamber Members for attending,” said Jeff Turnbull RSVP Project Director. “The open house was an opportunity for us to recognize the program and those involved, and we’re pleased to have added five new stations, and several new volunteers to the roster.”
After months of preparation and a week of review by Council on Accreditation evaluators, CYFS received notification that we have been re-accredited! The process looked at the program and operational policies and procedures being followed by the agency and interviewed staff, clients, our Board, and other stakeholders. Upon review, the Council made a determination that we were in compliance with all of the fundamental practice standards. CYFS Executive Director Trish Fox said, “This is a tremendous testimony to our staff’s hard work and their dedication to our clients and outcomes that change lives. We are certainly pleased to have scored this well and thank our Board and other stakeholders for their ongoing support.” This accreditation will remain in effect until December 2019.
On July 15, 2105, thirteen-year-old Connor Klopfenstein presented The Center for Youth and Family Solutions (CYFS) Chief Operating Officer Tony Riordan with a check for $60, money he earned through his paracord bracelet business. Familiar with the agency through his parent’s involvement with CYFS as foster and adoptive parents, the Morton Junior High student chose to give back to the organization as a part of a school project. “Fostering and adopting through CYFS has affected our entire family,” commented Connor’s mom, LeAnne Klopfenstein. “His initiative to give back to those that helped us bring some of his siblings into our family made me very proud” (read more).
Tim Glancy has been named as the new Director of Continuous Quality Improvement and Community Relations for CYFS. Glancy has over 30 years of experience as a social worker, supervisor, and program leader with our agency. In addition to his new role, he will continue his leadership over the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Peoria and Tazewell Counties. “Constantly looking at how we can do an even better job is at the heart of CYFS,” says Executive Director Trish Fox. “The children and families we serve have experienced significant trauma and we are committed to providing them with respectful and effective interventions to help them heal, cope, and achieve their goals. We are excited to have Tim’s leadership in this important role.”
Looking for volunteer opportunities that will help those in your local area? Did you know that you can do that by getting involved with CYFS? From volunteering in one of our offices, to helping our advancement teams plan fundraisers, to working with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), to donating to one of our programs, our agency is always looking for those willing to share their time and talents in order to make their communities stronger.
Our current list of opportunities includes:
The kids and staff participating in the Bloomington Normal and Tazewell Community Area Projects have been busy this summer with a variety of activities. Thank you to everyone that has helped with our camp activities this summer! (read more)
The staff at the CYFS office in Macomb recently wrapped up their first Camp Quest Summer Camp. Held at WIU’s Horn Field Campus, June 2-4, the camp offered local youth team building activities, leadership/independent living skills, conflict resolution, and respect building, and physical challenge activities. Approximately 25 campers and staff participated in the three-day camp, which was made possible through the Macomb office’s annual Krispy Kreme sale and Running Games 5K.
Visit the Camp Quest Photo Gallery.
CYFS welcomes Jeff Turnbull as Project Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Jeff comes to our agency with several years of experience operating this program. He has worked in the Peoria area for several years, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Community Relations at the Friendship House. (read more)