Franklin Township Family's $50,000 Donations Supports South Jersey's Abused, Neglected Youth

By Carly Romalino/South Jersey Times
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Michael Petsch is changing lives 17 years after his own was cut short in a Franklin Township car accident. But his parents $50,000 donation to the Center For Family Services Youth Empowerment System didn't merely serve to honor Michael's short life.

The funds will be used in "helping abused, neglected kids to have a better chance," according to the center's President and CEO Richard Stagliano.

"These teens deserve a place of high quality...a peaceful environment for children to heal," Stagliano told a crowd of CFS workers and others who were vital in the last year in moving the YES program from Camden County to Clayton. 

The YES program started 20 years ago in Camden County and operated the the Lakeland facility until last August when the county notified the Center For Family Services that it would have to relocate its residential program for teens.

In one year, the center scouted a new home, and finally settled on Delsea Drive in Clayton. On the 7-acre tract of land are two houses-Michael's House for boys and a yet-to-be-named girl's house. 

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