Chehalem Youth and Family Services (Newberg, OR)


  • Name:Lisa Mingay
  • Title:Grantseeker

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chehalem Youth and Family Services
  • Address:501 E First St
    Newberg, OR 97132
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:5035384874
  • Main fax:5035381271

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Chehalem Youth and Family Services (CYFS) is to encourage and empower youth and their families to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and to reach their highest potential through training, counseling, and treatment.

  • Overview:
  • Chehalem Youth and Family Services serves girls and boys in Oregon who are at risk, are emotionally disturbed, or who have developmental and/or educational challenges. CYFS provides residential treatment services for children ages 11-17 whose relationship with their families is disrupted and staying at home is no longer possible. The goal is to help the child and family reunite as quickly as possible. For children who don't have families, CYFS prepares them for future foster homes. CYFS also provides an array of family and community support services which include family decision meetings, supervised visitations, adolescent mental health and suicide risk screening, a scouting program for at risk youth, mentoring, parenting education, parent support groups, employment training and internships, multilingual/multicultural counseling for individuals, couples, and families, psychological assessment and testing, medication management, a charitable medication program to assist uninsured clients who require psychiatric medications, and a volunteer service exchange program for qualified clients.

    CYFS is typically governed by 12 members of two Boards of Directors who are considered to be of good character, have a public reputation of good works, good judgement, who demonstrate a concern for the welfare of children and families and the agencies that serve them. Members of the CYFS Boards of Directors have abilities in one or more of the following areas: 1) Oversight and Personnel Practices; 2) Fundraising and Resource Development; 3) Fiscal Control and Accounting; 4) Psychological, Psychiatric, or Counseling Experience; 5) Public Relations or Marketing; 6) Legislative Process and Advocacy; 7) Technical expertise relevant to Agency needs, such as Nursing, Parenting, Teaching, or Building; 8) Liaison to related service agencies such as Public Schools or Government.

    The responsibilities of the Boards of Directors are divided between managing and governing the affairs and property of CYFS; fundraising, allocation, disbursement, and distribution of all funds collected by CYFS; appointment or authorization of the appointment of such committees as it deems expedient in carrying out the objectives and purposes of CYFS; hiring and annually evaluating the Executive Director; establishing the compensation for and approval of the employment of such persons and firms as it and the Executive Director deems necessary for the successful implementation of CYFS programs; and approving the duties and responsibilities of all salaried employees, including those of the Executive Director. Regular meetings of the full Boards of Directors are held at least quarterly and typically every other month. Board committees meet in the interim as needed.

    Volunteers from the community are critical to the ongoing success of CYFS and the roles of these are expanding. Well over 100 volunteers spend thousands of service hours annually throughout the organization. They serve in governance; on advisory boards; deliver services directly; provide administrative support; serve as mentors, tutors; assist with special events and fundraising provide facilities and landscape maintenance services. Many CYFS staff members and residential facilities personnel also volunteer their own time, spending Christmas and other holidays with the children in residence who would otherwise be spending that time alone.

    CYFS has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for 12 years; is licensed by the State of Oregon; is a United Way Agency; is a member of the Oregon Alliance of Children's Programs, the Newberg Community Coalition, the Newberg Ministerial Association, the Yamhill County Mental Health Advisory Board, the Family Law Advisory Committee, the Suicide Prevention Coalition; and is affiliated with the Newberg Rotary and the Newberg City Clubs and Kiwanis and Soroptomists. CYFS is a highly respected nonprofit with strong ties throughout Newberg, Yamhill County, the Willamette Valley, and the State of Oregon. The combined expertise of its administration represents nearly 200 years of experience.

    CYFS has a budget of $3.7 million, employs 90 staff members and serves over 2000 people annually.

  • History:
  • Chehalem Youth and Family Services has been giving Hope and Healing to youth and their families for 42 years, identifying needs and finding solutions. CYFS was founded in 1970 as Chehalem House, a home for delinquent teens. Today, they are a nationally accredited human services organization providing an array of services.

    CYFS has a consistent history of growth and expansion of its services. It increased its budget from $200K in 1984 to $3.7 million today. CYFS has provided more than 4 million hours of service as it positively impacts the trajectory of thousands of lives every year. CYFS now maintains seven licensed facilities and is a major employer in Yamhill County with a paid staff of 90 employees.

    Long ago, CYFS recognized the need to provide free and reduced price mental health services to the community as way to strengthen families and to prevent the deterioration of family relationships before they reach a point that children are hurt or be removed from the home. In addition, CYFS is committed to providing access to mental health services to the poor and the uninsured in Yamhill County and now provides free educational, vocational, and mentoring opportunities to young adults in need of these services. These CYFS services are unduplicated within the local area.

    Over 40 years ago, CYFS founded a school, specifically designed to meet the needs of children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges. The school was staffed by credentialed teachers and was assisted by a team of mental health professionals to help each child achieve their highest potential. Over the years, the school grew and evolved. It has now been replaced with a free program, called Youth Opportunity (YOOP!). YOOP! provides educational and vocational opportunities to young adults who are at risk in Yamhill County. YOOP! services include tutoring; GED and credit completion; computer training; parenting classes; college applications, student aid, and scholarship application assistance. In addition, YOOP! provides employment resources such as job training, guidance counseling, resume writing, job application and interview preparation workshops, internships, and employment opportunities.

    In 2010 CYFS partnered with Yamhill County Family and Youth to develop a continuation of a collaborative mentoring effort established by the Yamhill County Commission on Children and Families, designed to respond to a need assessed for youth mentoring in Yamhill County. This, and over 20 years of mentorship of youth in residential treatment, make the mentoring program through CYFS the strongest and most experienced youth mentoring option in Yamhill County. Only a few limited population specific options are available to the area, such as athletic coaches and mentorship for youth with intellectual disabilities. Major providers like Big Brother and Big Sister mentorship programs are unavailable in this county making the CYFS mentoring program the only evidence based mentoring option for youth in Newberg, Dundee, or Yamhill County.

    The above examples are just a few of CYFS' accomplishments in its efforts to grow and expand services. CYFS is dedicated to continue to reach more youth in need of confidence, hope, and healing.

  • Year established:1970
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Richard Powell, Board Chairman Emeritus (non-voting)

    Bill Cathers, Director Emeritus (non-voting)

    Robert Flaherty, Chairman, Pastor of Newberg First United Methodist Church

    Dave Hansen, Attorney specializing in domestic relations and juvenile dependency law

    Karl Hughes, Owner of Allegra Print and Marketing

    Mark Warner, Mass Mutual Financial Group

    Vida Ice, membership pending

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Deborah Cathers-Seymour, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Concha Guerrero, Program Manager

    Mary King, Mentor Coordinator

    Hannah Ben, Mentor Coordinator

    Stephanie Dany,
    Mentor Coordinator

    Jane Patrick, Mentor Coordinator

    Erin Broyles,
    Mentor Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:93-0764541

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:930764541
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 636
  • Organization City:NEWBERG
  • Organization State:OR
  • Organization Zip:97132-0636
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1981
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):326, 160, 328
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Care and housing of children (orphanage, etc), Aid to the handicapped (see also 031), Combat juvenile delinquency
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:F320
  • Asset Amount:$432,738
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,362,119
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,341,919
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:51:44 pm

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