1/8/2019 - 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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1/2/2020 - MEET OUR SUPERVISOR TEAM

Meet our Supervisor Team: 
Lindsay Rossi - Community Services Supervisor

YSB holds a large presence in the community due to our work in child welfare, from families in crisis, to foster care and young adults desperately in need. The people who have dedicated their careers to those in need often go unseen, or are obscured amidst political debate on who should be funding and who should be funded. YSB staff, led by our Administration and Supervisor Team, work hard every day to ensure that each and every client is receiving the attention they need to lead successful, happy lives. This includes offering encouragement through daily ups and downs, or simply just “being there”.

One such caring individual is Lindsay Rossi. Lindsay joined YSB in 2009 and has held her current position of Community Services Supervisor since April of 2019. Under her title, she oversees the agency’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (short term intervention to clients who struggle with mental health, family conflict issues, school issues, etc.), TLP and Homeless Youth (helping young adults who are homeless to find their way again and to gain independency and permanent housing), Hope House (providing a safe place for parents and their children to have supervised visits, which helps create comfort and ease during transitions), and the Ladd After School Program (giving children a safe place after school to continue to grow and learn).

Lindsay decided to go into social work because of her own life experiences, and because she enjoys assisting individuals who come from difficult circumstances or have been through incredible trauma, and finding solutions to make their life easier or better for them.

Traumatized clients and families have been plentiful over the years, including: the many single parents simply trying to make ends meet; a father consumed with hopelessness as his young wife and mother of his children battles extreme mental illness; the teenager who took care of her siblings all of the time because her parents were absent; abused women and their feelings of worthlessness; children who have witnessed domestic violence from their parents; a cognitively delayed parent who feels frustrated because she is trying to parent the best way she can; families who have been evicted from their homes and battle homelessness; and children who suffer cruel abuse on a daily basis.

Even though these individuals and families suffer great despair through their hardship, they never give up. They are resilient. They find hope from their counselors, case worker, or from the many people who believe in them. There are limited, but extremely useful outside resources available for staff like Lindsay to direct to clients, ensuring that they can mostly find ways to better their lives.  

Even though her work is stressful, Lindsay has found that having a very strong support system of friends and family helps her get through her day. She makes a point of maintaining self-care after work so she can be at her best while she is here each day.  

The same goes for her staff. Lindsay encourages them to take care of themselves. The child welfare/social work field can be emotionally draining, so it is crucial that they practice self-care so no one gets burnt out quickly. Emotional health is just as important as physical health, so she tries to make the staff aware of that every day. If staff are taking care of themselves, then they will be able to provide the best work possible to their clients. 

There are always changes that can be made to better the child welfare system. First and foremost is decreasing the work load. There are a lot of social workers that are overloaded with a high caseload. Burn out is very common. There are often very high expectations set on case workers with little pay and high stress. Providing more available resources is also crucial in helping families, along with making a case workers life easier.

Lindsay concludes with giving all of her staff the praise they deserve. “Each staff member is dedicated to their job and to making a difference. I see that every day, and it makes me proud to be a part of something so special and great”.

 

 

 


2/7/2020 - Evelyn White-Simmons - GET TO KNOW YSB BOARD MEMBERS

Evelyn White-Simmons
Board Member since September 2019 

Please welcome Evelyn White-Simmons to YSB’s Board of Directors. Evelyn joined our board in September of 2019. She is very excited to work together with all of the board members and is interested in learning more about all of YSB’S many programs. She feels our programs have a positive impact on the youth and families of our community who need them.

Evelyn is no stranger to keeping children safe and giving them the love that they deserve. She is the mother of four beautiful children, a past foster mom, and now a guardian of her stepson. She is also a proud grandmother of two boys and three girls. Her career, which has been an interesting and fulfilling dream, began when she taught preschool children for 15 years. She later worked with Head Start, the Joliet Junior College Early Childhood program, Illinois Early Intervention, and she currently works with Juvenile Detention.

Evelyn loves to be a part of an agency that continues to strive for excellence. She says “I applaud and commend the work YSB does for the community as a whole. It takes a collaborative effort of all involved persons to enhance the lives of the families we serve.”  She believes that YSB is a growing agency with a positive name in the community. She has proven to be an excellent addition to our agency.

If you would like to learn more about YSB, please visit us at www.ysbiv.org, or through Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley on Facebook.  To contact Evelyn, you may e-mail her at mydjfinally@gmail.com


2/19/2020 - Katie Bagley - GET TO KNOW YSB BOARD MEMBERS

GET TO KNOW YSB BOARD MEMBERS
Katie Bagley
Board Member since May 2018

Meet current board member Katie Bagley, who joined YSB in May of 2018.

Katie is a lifelong resident of Ottawa along with her two “kids” (aka dogs), Margot and Winnie. She has been a teacher for over 14 years, which has given her wonderful opportunities to work with teenagers and currently, elementary-aged students.  She accepted a position at Putnam County Elementary School in August of 2019, ending a 10-year career at LaSalle County Detention Home.

Katie believes strongly in the YSB mission (“Helping young people and families succeed by serving them in their home, school, and community”),agency goals and invaluable employees of YSB who contribute to the support and betterment of children, teens and families in our county and throughout northern Illinois. She is proud to be a part of an agency that emulates her values in its day to day operations, stating that “One of the best parts of being involved with YSB has been meeting the many individuals who give their hearts daily to their positions and make our agency what it is.”

Since sitting on the Board, Katie has gained significant insight into the programs and services that YSB provides for our communities.  She is continuously learning and growing as a board member, and is excited to see YSB continue providing valuable services to the individuals and families in the communities we serve. 

Katie’s goals include supporting the agency and its employees as they navigate through the daily challenges and rewards of working in the social services field while remaining fiscally responsible and up-to-date with laws, policies and procedures.

Thank you to Katie, and all Board members, for all that you do for this agency! She can be contacted by e-mail at katiebagley78@gmail.com.

For more information on YSB, its Board and programs, please visit our website at www.ysbiv.org, or you can find us on Facebook under Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley.