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Young Men's Service League Partners with Department of Family Services
Published on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 (9:53 a.m.)LAS VEGAS – November 5, 2012
Young Men’s Service League has expanded to Southern Nevada with the formation of the Las Vegas Chapter in May 2012. Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) is a non-profit philanthropic organization that initiates and encourages young men and their mothers to assist, serve, and support those who are in need in their communities.
YMSL Las Vegas participated in “Ultimate Gift” on November 2-4. A 32 chapter-wide philanthropy weekend event organized by YMSL National, it is designed to recognize National Philanthropy Month by choosing an organization to be the recipient of a ‘gift’. YMSL Las Vegas chose the Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS) to be the recipient of their inaugural Ultimate Gift. The young men and their mothers came together for a weekend service event to paint and decorate the conference rooms at DFS’ central campus, located at 121 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
DFS is a community leader and statewide advocate in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Using innovative, proven approaches, DFS works diligently to ensure child safety and work toward family reunification. The Department of Family Services has six (6) campuses throughout Clark County.
Kristen Beling-Dougherty, founder and president of YMSL Las Vegas Chapter said, “Our Chapter chose the Department of Family Services as our first recipient of the Ultimate Gift because it speaks to the heart of what YMSL stands for. Parent-child relationships are one of the driving forces behind YMSL and we are happy to have the opportunity to make this ‘gift’ to enhance the parent-child experience within DFS.” The conference rooms will be painted to add color, and bookshelves with over 150 books, artwork, and toys donated to provide a comfortable setting during parent-child visitations.
Often times, the conference rooms at the Department of Family Services are utilized for meetings consisting of parents, children, attorneys, treatment providers and case workers. Meetings held at the DFS office can be intimidating and, unfortunately, anxiety provoking for some children as they are in a room full with adults talking seriously and who have played a part, possibly, in that child being removed from the parental home. The rooms are dull, sterile, and have nothing for the child to preoccupy him or herself with.
Kim Kallas, Clark County Department of Family Services permanency supervisor, said, “For Young Men’s Service League Las Vegas Chapter to paint the rooms, and provide toys and books for the children gives an opportunity, and sometimes a foundation, for the parents to interact with their child. The child can be much more relaxed and comfortable in a setting that is “child friendly”.
Creating an environment that is more accommodating of children can only promote their well being, along with their journey through their involvement with child protection.”
Young Men’s Service League was formed in 2001 in Plano, TX. The founding group of women had an idea to form an organization for high school boys dedicated to providing community service and strengthening family relationships. The National Board of Directors governs and promotes the expansion of YMSL Chapters throughout the United States. YMSL members have served over 100,000 community service hours nationwide. YMSL Las Vegas Chapter supports a variety of philanthropies and assistance programs within Southern Nevada including Operation School Bell, Clark County Department of Family Services, Spread the Word Nevada, and Animal Foundation. More information regarding YMSL National can be found at www.ymslnational.org or the Las Vegas Chapter at www.ymsllasvegas.org.