South Central Community Services, Inc., was founded in 1970 by the residents of the Chatham/Avalon communities in response to the lack of suitable mental health services for an increasing number of children with emotional and behavioral disorders that excluded them from attending Chicago Public Schools. To meet the needs of this unique population within the community, the South Central Community Health Organization (SCCHSO) was formed and a special education school established. The name was changed to South Central Community Services, Inc. (SCCS), in 1981 as the Agency expanded its mission and added additional programs and services to address the increasing number of community problems.
Since that time, South Central has blossomed into a major comprehensive social service agency, offering 15 different programs and services from five (5) facilities located throughout the metropolitan Chicagoland area. Each year, thousands of resident, ranging from youth to seniors, are beneficiaries of services provided by South Central staff.
South Central is currently governed by a 27-member Board of Directors composed of representatives from the business, corporate, government, and education communities who guide the Agency in fulfillment of its mission of "Improving the quality of life for individuals and families by providing quality mental health, educational, socio-economic, and recreational programs and services throughout metropolitan Chicago.
The primary communities South Central serves are Avalon Park, Burnside, Chatham, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, and South Shore. South Central's staff of more that 100 continues to diligently address the myriad of economic, educational, psychological and social challenges confronting its constituents.
The exemplary efforts of South Central have been recognized by the Sara Lee Foundation, who in 1990, honored South Central with its coveted Spirit Award for its service to the community. The legacy of quality services and commitment to the community played a significant role in the May 1998 accreditation and May 2003 re-accreditation of South Central by the Council on Accreditation of Services to Families and Children, Inc. (COA), a national accrediting body. Additionally, South Central continues to receive A++ ratings from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and our Head Start program was recently accredited (Aug. 2003) by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
With the support of the Board of Directors and under the leadership of Dr. Felicia Y. Blasingame, President/Chief Executive Officer, South Central has blossomed into one of the most effective comprehensive human service agencies in Chicago, one that positively impacts and improves the quality of life for individuals and families. – less–ZoomInfo