Nov 16 2015

CYFS Reschedules Blues for a Cause

Selwyn Birchwood 2016 Concert Web Slide

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 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!

Nov 10 2015

Many Hands: Addressing the complex picture of food insecurity in McDonough County

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By Michelle Langhout, McDonough County Voice

Colchester – On a chilly, windy Thursday morning in mid-October volunteers in Friendway Park prepared for the arrival of a 26 foot long trailer filled nearly floor to ceiling with food (more).

Oct 30 2015

October 2015 News & Updates

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Residential Program for Youth Moving to Morton

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).


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CYFS Volunteer Wins Service Award

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).

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Special Care and Concern Helps Foster Child Flourish

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).


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RSVP Holds Open House

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.”

For more information on RSVP, please visit the RSVP webpage or contact us at gro.snoitulosfycnull@pvsr


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CYFS Receives Accreditation

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.



Oct 29 2015

RSVP Reopens Doors

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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).

Oct 29 2015

RSVP Program Highlights Return To Operations

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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).

Oct 28 2015

Guardian Angel home for boys is moving to Morton

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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).

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