12/7/2015 - Donate to YSB through Amazon


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. 

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


8/1/2017 - The Heart of the YSB Child Development Center Beats Strong

The future of our world resides in the hearts of the young. It is our responsibility to nurture them and teach them respect, responsibility, and caring for others.

Youth Service Bureau’s Child Development Center, formerly known as ‘The Kid’s Place’, has been a safe place for children in the LaSalle/Peru community since 1988. It provides a space for young children ranging in ages from 15 months to 6 years to learn and grow, and to have fun. The instructors encourage and guide the children to be successful through play and creative learning techniques, preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.

Leading the Child Development program is Director Debra Wackerline, a woman who has spent many years of her life dedicated to helping children find joy through knowledge. Debra began her career as a secretary, and soon moved on to teaching children in a YMCA daycare/preschool program, which she did happily for 22 years. After that, she found her way to Youth Service Bureau and has not regretted a moment since.

Debra says that she has the highest quality staff that any director could ask for. “My girls work hard. I prefer to talk to them, not at them, and to foster joy for their work each and every day. They work happily as a team and the Center runs smoothly because of it.” She has an open door policy for all staff, students and parents, and you can often find her at the Center after everyone else has gone home to make sure that everybody’s questions and concerns have been taken care of.

The Child Development Center is licensed by DCFS and the National Council of Accreditation for Children and Family Services. It regularly earns top marks in reviews and has earned the Gold Circle of Quality from ExcelRate Illinois (http://www.excelerateillinois.com/), the highest rating possible.

Children come from their learning experiences in the Center knowing how to treat others with respect and to approach others with open minds, knowing that each person is different and has something special to offer the world. Local resident Tracee Cole sent her granddaughter, Jadyn, through the Center and has only high praise for them. “She was encouraged to view every person equally, to not judge, and to treat everyone as a friend. Jadyn still talks about her teachers and friends at the Child Development Center.”  Her granddaughter has now moved on to grade school where she is a flourishing and happy straight A student.  

The Center is open from Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and welcomes anyone interested in getting a head start for their child to come in and look around.  

For more information on our Child Development Center, please visit www.ysbiv.org, or the Center’s webpage: www.ysbdaycare.org. Also, you can find the Child Development Center on Facebook for updates, news and photos. You can also contact Debra at 815-224-4244, or stop in for a visit at 901 Grant Ave. in LaSalle, IL.

9/8/2017 - Illinois Valley Building Trades Present Golf Donation to YSB

The Illinois Valley Building and Construction Trades Council sponsored the Charity Challenge Golf Outing on August 25 to benefit the Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley. Pictured here presenting the check for $10,000 to YSB Executive Director Frank Vonch is Building Trades Union Chairman Dave Argubright and Co-Chairman Steven Conrad along with other member of the Building Trades Council.

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.