12/7/2015 - Donate to YSB through Amazon

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Easy way to Donate to YSB!

Simply go to https://smile.amazon.com/. Amazon will ask you what charity you want to support and you can choose Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley. The next time you want to order something from Amazon instead of going to amazon.com go to smile.amazon.com and whenever you purchase something from the smile website, YSB will receive .5% of the sales.

There is no extra cost to you. The items cost the same, the shipping is the same, you can still get prime and free shipping, etc. It works. 

Spread the word!

Such an easy way to help our programs, and our kids… Please pass on to your friends, family, foster parents, everyone!

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9/11/2017 - Hope House Helps Achieve Family Safety and Balance

Hope House: Helping Children and Parents achieve Safety and Balance

Part of the mission of Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley is to incorporate as much stability within troubled families as can be had. It is possible for families that were once torn apart to come together and use their experience to teach others how to survive troubling times.

One such YSB program that promotes family stability and cohesion is Hope House, which provides supervised visitation for children in homes with a history of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking, or child abuse. The focus is to keep all parties involved safe.

Hope House has been serving residents in LaSalle County since 2013 when funding was awarded by the LaSalle County 708 Mental Health Board. This program is led by Director of Community Services, Reggi Gerding, and run by Coordinator Trina Funfsinn, who has had over 5 years’ experience as a family advocate, which she states “has been very beneficial” towards her work in this important program.

When parents are going through a divorce or couples go through a separation, tensions run high and often they are unable to reach a visitation agreement. Hope House is here to help. Remaining in contact with an estranged parent is important for the child and the custodial parent. Hope House offers the child emotional support and a place of safety. Trina adds “at Hope House, I am able to assure that a child can have contact with an absent parent without having to be put in the middle of the parents’ conflicts or other problems. It is wonderful to see children happily reunite with a parent in a safe environment.”

Hope House is available through court referral.

If you have more questions about this program or any other program offered at YSB, please contact us by phone at 815-433-3953. You may also contact Trina Funfsinn at extension 4027, or by e-mail at TrinaF@ysbiv.org. You can also visit us on the web at www.ysbiv.org or find us on Facebook. Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley is located at 424 W. Madison St. in Ottawa, IL.

Pictured here is Hope House Coordinator, Trina Funfsinn, with her adorable dog.


9/27/2017 - YSB Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report

 

Our latest Annual Report is out now.

Please look through it HERE.


10/2/2017 - Foster Parents of the Quarter - Kathleen and Tony DiLuciano

Foster Parents of the Quarter

October 2017

Congratulations to Kathleen and Tony DiLuciano

Kathleen and Tony DiLuciano have been licensed with the Youth Service Bureau since June of 2012. They have fostered two children, mentored others, and adopted two children. The DiLuciano’s have been actively involved in fundraising for the agency and Kathleen has been a member of our Foundation Board. They have donated countless hours supporting the agency and foster children and their birth families.

Throughout their fostering of the two boys they have adopted, they have maintained the relationship with the grandparents and uncle of the boys. After adoption occurred, the family continues to encourage the relationship and frequent visits so that their children always know their entire family.

The DiLuciano’s have donated many toys, clothes, and money to the agency on an ongoing basis. Kathleen has done two groups with our homeless youth, both boys and girls. They work on self-image, skin care, and job interviewing.