From our President & CEO
Invest in Your Community
We consider each and every gift we receive as an investment in not only our agency, but in your community.
When people are able to create a better life for themselves, it benefits us all.
Click the donate button for an easy and secure way to help the kids and families who receive services from FYSB. Option to use Paypal or Credit Card. Thank You!
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Strengthening Our Community
The Family & Youth Services Bureau of Porter County was established in 1972 through the efforts of the League of Women Voters and an assist with the County Extension Office. We provide services to clients of all ages, from infants to grandparents, and endeavor to help kids in our area to become healthy, caring and responsible people.
Family & Youth Services Bureau
The impact our services provide to the community can best be described through our client's own words:
"Helped me alot in learning how to communicate better with my daughter."
"Without the services of the Family & Youth Services Bureau, I'd still be slamming my door at night wondering what to do."
"I didn't know how to deal with it, didn't know where to turn...through the FYSB services we learned how to deal with our issues."
"There are people out there who are going through the same thing you are going through, and there is help."
We appreciate your interest in the Family & Youth Services Bureau. Our website will have new information regularly; check back later to learn more about our services and the impact we have in Porter County.
People often tell us that they look forward to the positive messages we post on the side of our building at 253 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso. We do this because it sends the same message that we share with our clients: with the right effort, you can change your life.
We--our staff, board, volunteers and donors continue to start each day knowing that we are making a difference in our community. Thank you for your support!
President & CEO
Family Life Workshops
Our Family Life Series presentations are held six times a year and focus on topics of interest to families.
July 16 Child Development
Sept 17 Navigating the Educational System
Nov 19 Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
If you would like more information about the series, contact us at 219-464-9585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed and Mary
"Generosity is good for the soul and the community. Mary and I have a policy of giving 10% of our earnings to our church and charities.” Dr. Ed Russell and his wife, Mary, spent forty years in Porter County. Ed worked in various facets of education and for the last 25 years he worked as a Certified Financial Planner.
Although they now live in central Indiana, the Russells continue to donate annually to our agency. “When one spends a dollar it represents a vote for what one wants to see more of in this world. Organizations like FYSB give a hand up to those in need, but also are very careful with how they spend their donor's money. Every dollar I give to FYSB saves the community many more tax dollars the community would have had to spend for incarceration, welfare and the other social costs of poverty and desperation.” Thank you Ed and Mary for your generosity!
Picture this: Two hundred community residents arrive at the Porter County Courthouse Square at 8 a.m. on Saturday June 22. They each
receive a box of brightly colored pastel chalk and spend four to five hours creating a work of art at a designated space on the sidewalk.
An added benefit: although not permanent or toxic, the chalk is so colorful and intense that it will be visible for some time, perhaps
up to two weeks, even if it rains.
This is an opportunity to do something as a family, whether you are drawing or a spectator; to
feature your organization or business in a unique way; to showcase your artist skills; and to support a worthwhile community non-profit
agency by sponsoring a square.
The sidewalk squares will be 3 feet x 3 feet; sponsorships are available for $150 to $500.
is also recruiting artists who will be paired with sponsors who are eager to participate but may not know someone who can do a drawing
that day. We expect that drawings will be done by people of all ages and skill levels.
To sign up as a space sponsor or artist,
contact Jackie Gray at 219-464-9585 or email@example.com, or download forms below.
Photos are from a similar event on the northern coast of California, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Pastels on the Plaza.
Please help us thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals who have signed on to be sponsors for Chalk the Walk
Jack and Carol Ronneau
Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans