American Novelist Herman Melville recognized, “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads.” Melville acknowledged what we all implicitly know. The actions each one of us takes affect other people who, in turn, respond in ways that impact us. We are all in this together. As a community, we are much stronger when we recognize the threads of our common humanity and work together with one another to achieve solutions.
At Center for Youth and Family Solutions, that’s exactly what we do. We work together. Throughout our programs we connect helping professionals with families, children with their foster parents, teenagers with therapists, seniors with supportive volunteers, and staff with the agency, governing board, and community. The common thread that runs through all of our services is our
commitment to achieve solutions together.
Life is difficult for many people. The trauma of abuse, the deprivation of neglect, the bleakness of depression, the loneliness of grief, the disruption of family crisis these are some of the challenges that bring people to CYFS. In response, we provide the necessary tools and support for healing, to help people learn new skills, and to link them to the life-enhancing resources necessary to achieve a better future.
We are pleased with our efforts to keep families together. The Intact Family Program provides intensive intervention to help families provide their own children a safe and loving home as an alternative to placement in foster care – 85.93% of families successfully completed this program and 96% of those are still doing well a year later. Keeping families together makes sense emotionally, and it’s cost effective too. Stronger families mean stronger communities. CYFS is successful in championing independence – 99% of seniors served by our New Day program continue to live independently. New Day provides in-home counseling and volunteer companion services to older adults who face loss, depression, and social isolation. We are also proud of our accomplishments in stabilizing families and communities – 100% of youth served in our Crisis Intervention Program moved off the streets and returned to a safer living environment.
These are only a few salient examples of the impact of CYFS. I invite you to look closely at how each of our programs contributes substantially to individual, family, and community well-being. We are making a difference. But, we are not doing it alone. We value your support of our mission. It takes a community. Thank you for being part of the CYFS community as we work to achieve solutions together.
Michael O’Meilia, Board President
We are honored to have The Center for Youth & Family Solutions guided by a knowledgeable and committed group of civic leaders with a long history of service in human service organizations, human service administration, social work practice education, finance, communication, nonprofit community boards and foundations, nonprofit development, economic development, and public policy.
Retired Administrator, Peoria Public Schools
Law Office of Jane E. Ohaver, P.C.
Finance Committe Chair
Department of Social Work, St. Ambrose University
Board Vice President
Soderstrom Dermatology & Skin Dimensions
IBM (ret), Educator
Normal Community Schools
Congerville & Goodfield Elementary Schools
Finance Committe Chair
Jo Ellen Lohnes
Independent Registered CPA
Brandon J. Stiers
The Leali Team Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
CEO & Principal, The Development Consortium