LCYS marks 28 years helping area youth

LeFlore County Youth Services has announced that July 15 will mark its 38th year of service to LeFlore County.According to an LYCS press release, LCYS was founded in 1974 after a steering committee had been put together with the aim of providing an alternative to jail for teens. That same year, LCYS received its first funding and opened an emergency shelter. Since then, LCYS executive director Richard Couri reports that he has seen 6,087 children spend 39,166 days in the care of LCYS, the average stay being just over six days.As a not-for-profit agency, LCYS is directed by a board of directors made up of 15 people from all walks of life in LeFlore County. The board seeks to guide LCYS in its mission to be an advocate for the youth and families in LeFlore and Haskell counties and to serve the needs of the youth and families of Oklahoma by adequately implementing services needed. In its last evaluation by the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services, LCYS received a perfect score.LCYS does not charge its clients for services, operating by donation only. Now it its 38th year of operation, the agency has progressed with plans to build a new facility that will house both the administrative offices and emergency shelter. Beginning with a donation from Steve and Pam Holton, LCYS will be moving into the new facility in August. Funding for the program has been provided by the LCYS board of directors, donors in the community, and fundraising events.At more than 7,000 square feet, the new facility will better serve the needs of youth in LeFlore and Haskell counties.LCYS is still accepting donations to aid in the construction of the new facility and notes that all donations are tax deductible.