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.
Peoria — A volunteer service agency is reopening it’s doors after a year without a home. Retired and senior Volunteer program or RSVP held an open house at their new location on Sterling Avenue (more).
By Alex Rusciano, WCBU
Peoria — The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program celebrated its return to Peoria and Tazewell Counties Thursday. Federal funding for the program was cut more than a year ago, and the group was unable to link volunteers with agencies needing help (more).
By Pam Adams,
A residential treatment program for abused and neglected boys is moving from its longtime home at Guardian Angel in West Peoria to Morton. The Center for Youth and Family Solutions is renovating a former church at 260 E. Queenwood in Morton to house the program. Construction work on the $800,000 project is scheduled to begin next week, according to Tony Riordan, chief operating officer of CYFS. Work should be completed by March (more).
By Dough Schorpp, QC Times
Quad Cities — As a foster child who bounced around to 11 different homes, Amber Haskill remembers feeling out of place wherever she went. “I would get picked on for what I looked like, because of the clothes I wore,” Amber, 14, of Rock Island, said. “So, I wanted to look nice. I wanted to fit in, and there are a lot of other children who do not fit in.” (more)