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Committee for Services to Youth, Inc. (Bowling Green, Ohio) - MS 264

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The records of the Committee for Services to Youth, Inc. were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in October 1982, through the cooperation of R. Anthony Marcson and the Children’s Resource Center.

No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research.   The register was compiled by BGSU student Ryan Duffy in April 2013 and revised by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in October 2013.

 Agency History

The Committee for Services to Youth, Inc. was a group that worked closely with troubled teens and other adolescents that had to be removed from their regular schools.  These children often had legal problems and either had prison records or were put into foster homes.   Hope House was designated as a group home for male adolescents, as an alternative to incarceration within the prison system.  It also acted as a half-way house, as a substitute for foster care.

Hope House began as a foster home located in Bowling Green in 1972, but the following year it was incorporated as “The Committee for Services to Youth”.  After its incorporation its focus shifted towards behavior modification of its residents.  In the fall of 1976 it moved to a more permanent location at 327 South Main Street in Bowling Green, and served approximately twenty-five youths per year.   During the height of its importance Hope House had the capacity to take in ten males, ages fifteen to eighteen, from the local area.   In 1979 Hope House was destroyed by a fire, but plans were made to renovate the building as well as expand to include a Teaching Family Foster Home for six female pre-delinquent youth.   However, Hope House was dissolved completely after 1982.  Yet, the Committee for Services for Youth still functioned within Bowling Green for another decade, with the last board meetings taking place in 1992.

 Scope and Content

The Collection contains information from nearly the entire history of the existence of Hope House, throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s.  It also incorporates much of the information for the Committee for Services to Youth, which grew out of Hope House, with files from the late 1980s and early 1990s.   The files within give deal on the inner workings of the home and the organization and its place within the Bowling Green community.  

Files includes the types of youths served by Hope House, financial budgetary reviews, legal documents and discourses, board of trustee meeting minutes, correspondence with other mental health and foster home institutions, and interactions with other city departments.  Included within the collection were rosters, names of volunteers, staff, and administrators, flyers, meeting minutes, and financial information based on supplies and events run by the agency.  Other materials include public relations materials meant to bring the Committee’s mission to the public.   Documentation of the major event in the organization’s history, the fire that destroyed Hope House in 1979 is also in the collection along with minor financial records that were recovered from Hope House after the fire.

 Series Description


1976-1982, 1984, 1988-1992
Arranged chronologically
Includes date, time, and location of meeting, its hostess, business conducted, and officers and guests present; also includes dues lists with members names

1976, 1977
Contains rules by which the Committee and the earlier Wood County Children’s Services Association were governed


1973, 1977-1982
Mixed correspondence including organizational details and staffing, operational objectives and community relations, communication with board members, and eventual dissolution of the Committee


1986-1991, n.d.
Lists for nominations, addresses, and orientation of Board members of Hope House and later Wood County Children’s Services Association


Articles of Incorporation, mortgages and warranty deed, proposed charter for Hope House, and miscellaneous


1979, 1982, 1986-1991
Financial statements, needs assessment studies, invoice for attorney fees, and purchase slips and invoices that were salvaged from the fire


1986-1989, n.d.
Miscellaneous newsletters, project descriptions, handbooks, and surveys


Box 1


  1. Minutes, 1976-1982, 1984, 1988-1992
  2. Constitution, 1976, 1977
  3. Correspondence, 1973, 1977-1982
  4. Board members and nominations, 1986-1991, n.d.
  5. Legal documents, 1973-1981
  6. Financial receipts/invoices salvaged from fire, 1979
  7. Financial documents, 1982, 1986-1991
  8. Printed material, 1986-1989, n.d.

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