Monday, January 18th, 2021

Letter to the Chamber of Commerce

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

To say this year has been challenging would be an understatement. I truly believe no one has gone untouched by COVID-19. The youth and families we serve are often already living day-to-day, looking for ways to deal with the issues they are facing. Then they found themselves without the relief of school, or at times work, to help provide some relief and support. Add in the increased need for technology, which some do not have and some parents lack the knowledge to use so their children can continue to receive some type of education. Some parents lost their jobs, while other had reduced hours. These combined increased the risk factors so many families are facing.

As an agency, we too have been affected by the pandemic. We quickly modified our service delivery to virtual, whenever possible to keep not only the client safe but the staff as well. We had to secure technology to work from home if the need arose. Many of our community partners closed or limited their service delivery that resulted in a reduction in the number of referrals for our services. This meant reduced revenues for the agency. Our staff remained diligent in providing the youth and families services and in most cases, enhanced services during this time and continue to do so.

The agency is blessed with strong community support, which we do not take for granted. This community support is needed now more than ever! As we look at how we can continue to meet the needs of our youth and families, we realize that this has to be a community effort.

The YSB’s annual “Making a Difference” fund drive is your opportunity to be a part of this vital effort. A donation of $50 would provide a student with needed school supplies or a car seat for a family to ensure safe transportation. A gift of $300 would provide an entire seventh grade class life saving information on suicide prevention. All funds raised help provide services to Huntington County youth and families and is tax deductible.

Please join us in showing the children, youth and families of Huntington County that they are not alone in their struggles and they are a valued part of our community. Thank you so much for your support. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or comments.

We welcome your input. We truly are in this together.

Sincerely,

Jan Williams
Executive Director
Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County

NOTE: To view our virtual Annul Meeting log into https://facebook.com/ysb.huntington.