The Paper photo by Zoe Walbert
The Paper photo by Zoe Walbert
The Board of the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau announced Friday they are purchasing and renovating a building to serve as the new home for all of their operations and programs. This project is made possible in part due to grant support of $800,010 from North Central Health Services (NCHS). Although this grant has been approved, the grant is still contingent upon the Youth Service Bureau obtaining the appropriate zoning variance for the property. The primary responsibility of NCHS is to operate River Bend Hospital, a non-profit inpatient psychiatric hospital licensed and certified by the Indiana FSSA Division of Mental Health and Addiction. NCHS also is a grant making organization providing primarily capital grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that share the NCHS commitment to health and the development of healthy communities in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties.
The Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF) has been a leader in moving this project forward as well, making an award of $100,000 to the project.
Kelly Taylor, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Community Foundation stated, “The Montgomery County Community Foundation Board is excited to play an important role in helping the Youth Service Bureau’s dream come true to have a new facility. The Youth Service Bureau provides many valuable services to our local youth and we know our grant award for the new facility will help enhance these services throughout our community.”
Karen Branch, Executive Director for the Youth Service Bureau added, “We are so grateful to NCHS and the Montgomery County Community Foundation. The Community Foundation support and early commitment to the project were integral to the Youth Service Bureau receiving the grant from NCHS. We are so grateful to the MCCF board and staff for all they have done to ensure the Youth Service Bureau is able to move forward to enhance services to youth in our community.” Other local partners in the project thus far are Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Banjo/IDEX Foundation, Valero, Nucor and the Franciscan Foundation.
The Youth Service Bureau has reached an agreement with Crawfordsville Community School Corporation to purchase the Caleb Mills School building located at 808 W. Pike Street. This building will house the administrative offices, the alternative school, all program staff, programming space, a community room, supervised visitation space and offices for a local organization.
Branch stated, “As we began planning this project several years ago, we knew we wanted it to benefit the Youth Service Bureau, but also the community. We talked to our partners in the community and realized there were several needs we could meet through a new facility. Children who are in the custody of DCS have visitations with family and there is a real lack of suitable space for them to have supervised visits. As a result, we will have a room dedicated to serve as a family visitation room. It will be a family friendly space that will make their visitation more comfortable. Local agencies who provide supervised visitation services will be able to schedule to use the space at no cost to serve the children and families. Our community room is another space that will benefit the non-profits in Montgomery County. This room will feature a full kitchen, meeting space and technology that will allow them to use it for board meetings, trainings, community education events or others events. This will be available to all non-profits at no cost. We also have a local program called Community Partners for Child Safety, a program of the Children’s Bureau. Their main offices are not in Montgomery County, so the workers serving our county do not have any formal office space or access to normal office equipment. We are providing their local staff an office for their use as needed to meet with clients or conduct other business. “
The Youth Service Bureau will continue to provide their current 11 programs, which include: Car Seat Safety; Court Appointed Special Advocates; JUMP Mentoring; Inspire Group Mentoring; Youth As Resources; Teen Court; Alternative School; Drug Free Montgomery County; Montgomery Child Abuse Prevention Council; Nourish Backpack Program and REINdear. As the building project moves to completion, the Youth Service Bureau will continue to assess the needs of the county’s youth and expand programs as necessary to address those identified needs.
Fundraising for the project continues as the Youth Service Bureau looks not only to have a new home but also to increase its sustainability. Included in the capital campaign goal, the Youth Service Bureau has provided for funds to build their endowments with the Montgomery County Community Foundation, to insure their financial security into the future. If you would like to make a tax deductible gift to the Youth Service Bureau you may send a gift by mail to:
Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau
209 E. Pike Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

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