SYRACUSE — County staple Rockin’ Reggie supplied the musical backdrop for a Valentine’s Day party at the Syracuse Community Center on Saturday hosted by Buckeye Community Services (BCS).
Valentine’s Day exemplifies love and caring, and those feeling were apparent during the party as members of BCS joined with their clients to enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, and refreshments.
BCS is a non-profit agency founded in 1997 serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. The agency provides a wide range of services that include community integration, vocational development, employment and adult day support in seven southeastern Ohio counties.
Their clients live in a variety of settings: some with their families or in foster care, others in their own homes or apartments. Group homes are also an option. Depending on the need, the agency provides a support system that allows their clients to live as independently as possible.
Foster care worker Darla Garbin said her mother was a foster care provider. She pointed across the room to a young woman and smiled, “When my mother passed away, I wanted to continue to take care of my sister, I grew up with her, she was always part of our family, so I became a foster care worker, and now she lives with us.”
At Saturday’s party there were guests from Meigs, Gallia, and Vinton Counties. Many BCS clients also participate in activities at Meigs Industries.
“Part of the mission of BCS is to integrate those with developmental disabilities into the community,” Darla Garbin said. “This is just one way of doing it, who doesn’t love a party?!”
BCS Program Coordinator Mike Garbin planned and hosted Saturday’s party using resources from fundraisers held throughout the year. He stressed that the agency was non-profit, and receives no state or national funds.
He was happy to announce that BCS now has an office in Pomeroy.
“We are based in Jackson,” Mike Garbin said. “But having offices in each county we serve allows us to be more accessible. I want people to know we are here. They can just walk into my office with questions, they can see what we are doing and the services and support we can provide.”
He also encouraged anyone interested in becoming part of BCS staff to contact him.
“We are always looking for good people to participate in our organization. Our staff is paid and we provide training, we just need people who care about others, who have a big heart.”
As bubbles floated across the dance floor, there were smiles all around. It seems those who work at BCS have big hearts, not just on Valentine’s Day, but also all year long.
For more information on BCS visit their website: buckeyecommunityservices.org. In Meigs their office is located at 122 E. Main in Pomeroy or and in Gallia at 9267 State Route 160, Bidwell.