We are coming up on five years in our new facility, the Donald W. Reynolds Caring Center. It won't be long until we will be celebrating our 40 year anniversary of services. A lot has changed over this time, as we have become more visible to our community. It's hard to miss us now! But, we still struggle with the misconception that we are a part of the local government. We are, as always, a non-profit, that is here in the community to try and help when and where we can.
As you can imagine, we get many, many requests for services. Within the limits of our resources, we help as many as we can. But to us, it's not about quantity of services, but rather quality. We take great pride in providing quality, innovative programs that are showing real outcomes for children and youth. We scrape together our funding anyway that we can, from private sources like foundations and public sources through contracts, but what we need the most is support and assistance from our community members.
We have a great Friends of YFS group that helps us in a variety of ways. Our friends are local people, Churches and businesses who see our vision of helping others. Our website is a great source of information about our services, our success stories, and all our current work. www.yfsok.org
We look forward to providing many more years of service to our community!
Our Donald W. Reynolds Caring Center provides temporary and emergency shelter to abused and homeless youth that are in DHS or OJA custody. Each of our 10 beds serves an average of 20 children each year. The maximum stay is 30 days.
169 youth ranging in ages from infancy through 17 years old resided in our shelter last year. In addition to safety, security and food, they receive health screenings, counseling, academic and living skills education and recreational opportunities. We operate at capacity and on average turn away 40 children each month. Empty beds have help alleviate statewide need and have housed children from 19 counties.
Our Foster Care program started 3 years ago and has been a huge success. While it is common for children in the system to be moved to multiple homes,Youth & Family Services has a 93% success rate, which includes no disruptions for children until reunited with a family member or adopted.
And 100% of our foster families say they feel supported and are happy with the services they receive.
Our vision is that all children who leave our shelter are matched with a loving family and feel loved and supported throughout their experience. Our groundbreaking continuum model serves homeless, neglected and abused children. Foster Parents are given the opportunity to volunteer in our Emergency Shelter or provide a traditional, respite or shelter host home. Our success is a result of the seamless connections we make between the shelter and the loving environment provided by our foster families. Families are recruited from within a 40 mile radius of our agency.
82% of our clients report an improved ability to deal with problems more effectively and 88% say life has been better since beginning services at YFS. This department provides person-centered counseling and mentoring for ages 3 through 21. The focus is on individual and family strengths and addresses co-occurring disorders, trauma, crisis intervention, substance abuse, social skills and relationships. The goal is to improve parent/child relationships and problem resolution.
· Outreach School based counseling, with behavior management also available for school personnel.
· Family Counseling
· Drug and Alcohol Education – Support Groups are free and assessments are available for a nominal fee. Since 2010, over 600 students have been served and 98% were successfully integrated back into schools.
· Community At-Risk (CARS)
· Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
· First Offender Program
We provide tutoring, study skills and job training, mentoring, leadership development and follow-up services for low-income youth ages 14 to 21 in Canadian, Blaine, Oklahoma and Kingfisher Counties.
· Bridge to Independence Network - serves rural homeless and runaway youth 16 to 21 years old with few/no connections to a supportive family. “The Spot” – a recreational meeting place in Watonga started in 2010 by local youth based on the concept of spotting while lifting weights - has a focus of overall health, wellness and being a “place of positivity”. Each room serves a purpose. Computer – educational opportunities and tutoring; Fitness – physical health and self-esteem; Dining/Game – Foosball, Air Hockey and Pool tables; Full Kitchen – cooking classes and healthy snacks; and Laundry.
· Maternity Group Home
· Street Outreach
· Transitional Living
Bee’s Knees is cosponsored by Youth & Family Services, Inc. and AutismOklahoma.org, 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit, community-based, charitable organizations.
Bee’s Knees promotes self-sufficiency for young adults with developmental disabilities through entrepreneurship.
Bee’s Knees functions as a small business. The entrepreneurs of Bee’s Knees create handmade functional products and original one-of-a-kind masterpieces and sell them online and at various exhibits and events.
Dee Blose, YFS Executive Director, has been with the agency for 20 years. She has a Masters Degree in Education and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is known for development of innovative and creative programs that provide solutions to some of our community’s social problems. She has specialized knowledge in community-based youth services; fundraising and fund braiding of YFS programs to include federal, state, local and private funds; and children and young adults with special needs.
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