“Igniting the potential within” may sound like one of those generic catchphrases of the moment, but that is exactly what The Center for Youth and Family Solutions (CYFS) staff does day in and day out. The Center’s 375 staff members, countless volunteers and interns recognized the human potential in 19,684 individuals in 37 counties in Fiscal Year 2015 and helped put them on the right path to leading more productive, fulfilling lives.
Let’s think about that for a moment. This means more than 1,300 children in foster care were helped by CYFS caring professionals. We provided these kids tangibles that many of us take for granted – a home to live in, food to eat and stability they might not have had in their lives before. It means that the at-risk families that CYFS staff counseled stayed together at a rate greater than 80 percent, keeping moms, dads, sisters and brothers together, not living fractured lives. It means seniors receiving CYFS visits were able to stay in their own homes longer, enjoying their independence. And, it means that boys who completed treatment at Guardian Angel Home went to live in a family setting. The work done by CYFS staff gives these children and families all new opportunities to enhance their lives.
You play an invaluable role in igniting this human potential. As supporters of CYFS, you recognize the promise within this organization, its staff and, most importantly, the children and families it serves. You provide funding and volunteer time and share your expertise and your passions. You provide the foundation necessary for the Center’s dedicated, professional staff to thrive, and, in turn, their clients to more fully realize the opportunities that exist for them.
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.
CEO & Principal, The Development Consortium
Jane OhaverVice President
Law Office of Jane E. Ohaver, P.C.
Mark MiskellFinance Committe Chair
Michael O’MeliaProfessor Emeritus
Department of Social Work, St. Ambrose University
Soderstrom Dermatology & Skin Dimensions
Kristanne GarrisonIndependent Consultant
Certified Grant Writer
Neil StyczynskiIBM (ret), Educator
Normal Community Schools
Congerville & Goodfield Elementary Schools
Michael DrymillerNorthwestern Mutual Life
Marilyn CagnoniMMC Consulting
OSF Healthcare System
Jo Ellen Lohnes
Independent Registered CPA
Brandon J. StiersFinancial Advisor
The Leali Team Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.