BELLEVILLE, ILL. (February 19, 2015)- The children at St. John Bosco Children’s Center experienced fine dining first-hand at Marco’s on Main Wednesday evening. Mark Onstott, owner of the Belleville restaurant, made a special menu for the boys to choose from at no cost.
“My wife and I wanted to do something to give back to the community. My wife donates clothes to the drop box at the Children’s Center and we’ve been looking for the opportunity to do something special for the boys,” said Onstott.
St. John Bosco Children Center is a program of Caritas Family Solutions and is the only residential treatment center for children, ages 6-12, south of Bloomington, Illinois.
The Children’s Center also welcomed a new program director this week, Terence Pleasant. Pleasant formerly worked as a medical case manager for St. Louis Effort for Aids. Prior to that he was a program director for Call For Help, a response program in East St Louis. Pleasant is currently working on earning his doctorate degree in family therapy at St. Louis University. He received a master’s degree in human services and counseling and a bachelor’s degree in human services from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Pleasant is a resident of St. Louis.
Caritas Family Solutions, founded in 1947, is a nonprofit, social services agency providing adoption, pregnancy care, foster care, counseling, senior assisted living, senior employment, Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) for people with developmental disabilities, juvenile offender therapy programs, and the St. John Bosco Children’s Center for abused and neglected children. Caritas serves more than 4,400 individuals annually throughout its 42-county service area through a network of quality services with a spirited, dedicated, professional staff who serve others with respect and dignity at every stage of life. Offices are located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, East Alton, and Effingham. For additional information, visit the Caritas Family Solutions website at www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.