A generous donor saw the same opportunity that we did in the new space and provided us with a bridge loan to purchase the building so we could renovate it and move in without an interruption in service.
Because DeKalb was half the population it is now when we moved in to the old building, we were at capacity for services. In the plans for renovation of the new building we are anticipating growth in both population and community needs. We have incorporated not just additional counseling, Children’s Advocacy Center interview rooms, and staff space, but also in-house medical examination facilities, a countywide training center, and more. This building will allow for us to provide those services effectively and efficiently for years to come.
Yes, Family Service Agency is still providing all programs and services to residents of DeKalb County. We have adapted accordingly to meet or exceed CDC, IDPH, DCHD, and State of Illinois guidelines, regulations and recommendations.
At this time, most programs and services are provided remotely with exception of a few. Senior Services is providing virtual and outdoor activities plus a monthly food pantry for seniors. Mentors are meeting with youth in-person based on the parents’/guardians’ comfort level and over the phone and email. Center for Counseling and Community Action has been providing teleservices via audio and video. And the Children’s Advocacy Center has provided numerous in-person interviews with appropriate PPE and cleaning procedures in place.
During renovations, technological infrastructure was installed in preparation of situations like a snow storm or devastating weather. Who knew were would need it for a pandemic? The technological infrastructure allowed for all FSA staff to work remote within 24 hours of the Shelter-in-Place orders issued in March, and without program/service interruption. There is secure access to data stored at the building, remote connectivity through modern phone system.
The options for how you can give are only limited by your imagination. We encourage donations of all kinds, including multi-year pledges, stocks, bonds, cash, land sales, in-kind donations, estate giving, anonymous giving, and whatever else you can think of.
Yes. All donations to FSA are tax deductible, as we are the longest running 501(c)3 in DeKalb.
100% of the donations will go toward the renovations and requirements of getting us into our new home.
Currently renovations are complete, yet services will still be needed to maintain the building. If you are the owner of a local business that has services we might benefit from, we encourage you to contact Erin Eckhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! Family Service Agency is always open to donations of services and materials. The donations will help maintain our renovated building. And don't forget, your donation is tax deductible!
FSA has been in our current facility for over 43 years. Our expectations are that this new location will be our home for the foreseeable future.