Residential Care

“The reason I initially wanted to be a part of YSB is that it aligned with my degree. I thought that YSB would help me get a good start on my career once I finished college. I knew that I would be caring for children, and that is where my heart is. The third shift does not allow me to interact with the residents often, but I do feel like the residents are a part of my life and I’m keeping them safe. I do believe in this program, and it has helped me to realize that I do not want my own classroom once I graduate. My goal is to work with children who need guidance and counseling in dealing with personal or family issues.

As far as the program goes, I think that the kids have an abundance of opportunities while being given a safe place to live. The residents can engage in extracurricular school activities and join the workforce, depending on their age. The recreation calendar is full of daily activities to keep the residents occupied and giving them the opportunity to try new things. The residents have taken trips, and they are always doing outdoor activities during the warm months. I know that there is so much more to the program. These are just a few things that I believe would spark interest because a lot of people that I have spoken with portray YSB differently. Not really in a negative way, but they see it more as a jail rather than a program providing stability and support to kids and families.

There are also plenty of free resources and training opportunities for staff. Our boss is pretty cool too.” ~Amy Wicker, Direct Care Worker, Residential

Graduation and Completion of the Healthy Families Program

Healthy Families is excited to be part of the graduation and completion of the Healthy Families Program for 8 of our current families. All 8 families have participated in the program for at least 3 years. Families will be provided with a graduation certificate and a preschool or kindergarten readiness pack. Healthy Families Staff is guiding the families with enrolling in school and future resources.

Missy, who has participated in Healthy Families for 4 years stated, she is very happy for the support and encouragement from her home visitor. Missy has obtained her high school diploma, found full-time employment, and has visited regularly with her home visitor. Missy attends playgroups and has often provided referrals for friends to participate in the program. Missy says her home visitor was her best cheerleader. When no one else thought she could do it, Missy said her home visitor was the one supporting and encouraging her to keep going. Missy has her child signed up to begin kindergarten in the fall.

Successful Graduate

One of the success stories recently is a youth that has been in our program for the last four years.  He recently graduated and will obtain his H.S. diploma in May. He told BASE staff that if it wasn’t for their support and holding him accountable he wouldn’t be an H.S. graduate.  He told BASE behavioral coach, Chris Dubach – “I also wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for me during my time at base.”

Life Skills

Thanks to the grant support of the Randolph County Foundation, BASE was able to purchase an Insta-pot along with a food budget to purchase ingredients throughout the 2020/2021 school year!  Students have enjoyed developing some life skills such as food preparation, washing dishes, and our favorite part… Eating food masterpieces! Thus far BASE students have made Buffalo Chicken Dip twice and taco soup which was served with sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, and tortilla chips.

 

The B.A.S.E. program is focused on youth living in Randolph County in grades 7-12..

 

American Family Insurance donates $2,500 to THE YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU OF JAY COUNTY INC

 

Portland, IN Oct 2020 – The Youth Service Bureau of Jay County, Inc. received a $2,500 donation from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation. The Dreams Foundation recently asked customers to nominate nonprofit organizations in their communities as a way to say thank you and give back to communities during this challenging time.

The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation is giving a total of $500,000 to 200 nonprofit organizations across the U.S.

PJ Corwin nominated THE YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU OF JAY COUNTY INC. for the dedication shown by employees to insure clients continued to receive essential services during the “stay at home order” caused by the pandemic.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity to support our local communities,” says Deb Grider, Agent. “We’re proud to make this donation and hope others will be inspired to do the same.”

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