By Robert Connelly, The Register Mail
Galesburg — Maverick Tapscott took off down a Target aisle, cranking a hand-held claw grabber for a few aisles until he reached the Christmas light section. Maverick, 4, slowed down there, but didn’t select anything. He circled back toward the toy aisles, selecting items for himself and his brother (more).
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.