You have been recognized by a DCS team member for being there when it counted!! We are all so busy and it is hard to keep track, but there are so many times when our Service Providers truly show up when it counted and those are the times that make all the difference. Thank you for being there for our families and for us when it counted and for truly going above and beyond to provide a meaningful moment.
When it Counted Staff: Alison Strausbaugh
When it Counted Agency: YSBJC
When it Counted Service: Supervised Visitation
When it Counted Moment
“I want to recognize Allison for being there When it Counted! Alison has worked really amazing with a parent which is not always easy. This parent has strong opinions about their DCS Case and Alison continues to work with him and support his needs. Alison is a calming presence in this father’s life! He trusts her and responds really well to her. We truly appreciate Alison’s hard work and dedication to this father as well as his little girl. Thank you so much, Alison!!”
As a resident at the Youth Service Bureau, I would have to say that the abundance of support and opportunities given to me have completely changed the course of my life. Before YSB, I was a terrified, depressed, and freshly graduated kid with no one in my corner to help me make the healthy life-altering decisions that I was being forced to start making for myself. It’s been clear from the beginning that my circumstances would never lead me to any success in meeting my short-term goals, but compared to my peers, I was bound for long-term failure.
YSB changed that for me.
At the Youth Service Bureau, they provide 24/7 assistance to the residents living here. We all meet with the therapist and case manager at least once a week to work on dealing with our trauma and on independent living skills so that we are better prepared for the future. Also, I believe that the entire experience of learning how to coexist with the other kids living at the Residential House is more than a necessary skill that all of us are bound to work on and learn from each day we live here.
Though, I do want to say that the kids who are placed at the Youth Service Bureau are definitely not bad kids. It is my belief that the kids that come through here have been dealt bad cards in the game we know as life. We just need a nudge in a better direction so we can become the strong, independent, and healthy adults we deserve to be.
Honestly, I can’t say I’ve ever had the stability and support of a real home before YSB. Now I have both of those things and more from my YSB family, and I could not be happier.
I believe that, at least for me, the YSB is that nudge.
Behavioral, Academic and Social Education
I have seen firsthand the positive impact that meaningful, supportive, adult relationships can have on youth. I was able to connect with all of the BASE youth over the summer in person to provide support and talk about events of their summer. What we did: eating lunch, going out for ice cream, playing basketball, playing Frisbee golf, and even catching some crayfish/tadpoles in a creek in Winchester.
I have found that students will often discuss things they are dealing with if they do an activity they enjoy. It also helps if you show them that you care, and have developed trust and accountability. Two of the BASE youth were able to maintain jobs over the summer. BASE youth talked about their current support systems and activities that they were going to engage in and were able to stay out of trouble with law enforcement. Students have returned to school. BASE students had to re-adjust to classroom rules and expectations for behavior.
So far behaviors have been a challenge for most students to not give in to negative peer pressure from others or seek negative attention from peers. However, BASE students are starting to realize that they are missing out on incentives for good behaviors and also receiving negative consequences for their actions. BASE staff has also really been focusing on students taking ownership/responsibility for each individual choice instead of blaming others. Within the next month, we are planning to start cooking some food items as incentives and also begin teaching some life skills to students.
Although we haven’t yet been able to do this yet, this is something that they/we are looking forward to. Today was a really good day behaviorally for all students. Students completed a full-day amount of online school assignments in the morning. They were allowed to watch a movie this afternoon and also received a drink of their choice at McDonald’s. We are always glad to reward students for good behavior!
Congratulations to Linda Ashman, Tina Bechtol, and Stacy Blankenbaker. They all recently reached the 23-year mark at the YSB!
Other recent impressive anniversaries!
- Christy Nel – 16 years
- Scott Bissell – 16 years
- Chris Dubach – 14 years
- Jamie Maloy – 13 years
- Cindy Bainter – 8 years
- Alison Strausbaugh – 8 years
- Karley Theurer – 8 years
- Daniel Peterson – 8 years
- Jonetta Stevens – 7 years
- Michlynn Gaddis – 7 years
- Katie Helm – 6 years
- Kim Baer – 4 years
- Shelby Miller – 4 years
- Erika Limbert – 2 years
- Shelli Rigsbee – 1 year
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!!!
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!!!
Left To Right.
Carlin Tipton, Todd Weaver Jr., Chris Liby, Clint Skirvin, Carl Masters, Todd Weaver Sr., Thomas Hampton. Not Pictured: Ryan Wilson
The Youth Service Bureau of Jay County, Inc. (YSB) would like to send a special thanks out to Mark Lefever and the KBL Transport team for their recent generosity!
Property at 609 West Arch Street was recently purchased by the YSB. Thanks to their help and generosity we are one step closer to having a nice green space for supervised visitations, outpatient play therapy, and YSB employee functions.
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.
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.”
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..