The First 50 Years

The First 50 Years

1959: Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County opens its office on May 1 offering free counseling and adoption services.

  • Marguerite Parrish is named Executive Director

1961: CSSW becomes a United Way agency

1964: More than 1,000 families served

1967: Ypsilanti office at St. John’s Parish opens

1970: Emergency Foster Care for Runaway Teens is developed with Ozone House

1971: CSSW collaborates with other agencies to open SOS Crisis Center

1972: Agency becomes part of the Diocese of Lansing

1973: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program established in Washtenaw County

  • John Hayes becomes 2nd Executive Director
  • 700th child is placed in an adoptive family home

1976: Emergency Food Program begins

1978: John Martin becomes CSSW’s third President

1979: CSSW establishes Parent Aide Program

1983: Parish Outreach begins offering pre-marriage preparation classes

1986: CSSW hosts first “After Hours” fundraising event

1987: Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA) program started

1988: CSSW begins offering Families First services in Washtenaw and Jackson counties

1992: The Marnee & John DeVine Foundation established as CSSW fundraising entity

1993: Grandparents as Parents program begins

1995: Healthy Families Program established

1996: CSSW moves home office to Packard Rd. location

  • DeVine Foundation presents first “Fall Festival of Music” fundraising gala

1997: Lawrence Voight appointed fourth CSSW President

1998: CSSW begins offering Families First services in Hillsdale and Branch Counties

2000: DeVine Foundation reaches $1 million endowment goal

2001: Housing Support Services program begins

2002: Father Patrick Jackson House Program becomes a program of CSSW

2004: As the lead agency and fiduciary for Blueprint for Aging, CSSW is awarded major grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

2005: CSSW collaborates with governmental agencies to establish the Washtenaw Child Advocacy Center (WCAC)

  • ADA starts “Expanding Options” program for adolescent males

2006: Intentional Communities of Washtenaw (ICW) program begins

2007: Teen Parent Drop-In Nights begin, hosted by Fr. Pat’s and Healthy Families

2008: WCAC begins offering medical exams

  • Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services begin program for incarcerated mothers
  • Parish Outreach begins collaborating with the local parishes on a migrant ministry program

2009: Father Patrick Jackson House celebrates its 25th Anniversary

  • On May 1, CSSW celebrates 50 years serving Washtenaw County
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