Caritas Family Solutions, a nonprofit social service agency based in Belleville, Ill., will move its regional office in Mount Vernon to a new location by the end of April 2019. The agency purchased the building at 321 S. 10th St. in 2018 and have been preparing it for the move which is scheduled for April 25-26, 2019. Effective Monday, April 29, 2019, all services will be offered at the new address. The phone number will remain 618-244-0344.
Regional staff have provided services from the current location at 219 Withers Drive for the past 11 years, when it was built specifically to house the foster care staff next to the Department of Child and Family Services building in the same complex. Prior to 2007, when the agency operated as Catholic Social Services, the office was in the basement of a former doctor’s office park near downtown Mount Vernon. These locations were leased by the agency.
“We simply need a larger space to accommodate our growing number of staff and clients,” said Regional Director Pam Flota, who has been with the agency since 2002. “We are excited that the purchase of our office building will actually reduce our occupancy costs as well as transportation costs since we will be closer to the courthouse. It is also more conveniently located for our clients to access, especially if they use public transportation.”
The move had been scheduled for September 2018 but was postponed due to heavy storms which caused flooding in the area and water damage to the lower level of the building. Extensive restoration work was required both inside and outside the structure.
Founded in 1947, Caritas Family Solutions is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide direct services that meet the social and emotional needs of people of all ages. Services include adoption, pregnancy care, foster care, intact family, counseling, residential treatment for children healing from abuse and/or neglect, multisystemic therapy for at-risk youth, independent living for adults with developmental disabilities, and assisted living and employment assistance for low-income seniors. Caritas serves more than 4,500 individuals annually across Southern Illinois from offices located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, East Alton, and Effingham. For additional information, visit www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.