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Wheeling Mayor Recognizes Youth Services System in State of the City Address

Posted 02/25/20

For Immediate Release
February 25, 2020
Contact: Betsy Bethel-McFarland, 304-218-2894

























WHEELING, W.Va. — Wheeling Mayor Glenn F. Elliott Jr. honored Youth Services System today during his State of the City Address for service to the city's most vulnerable residents. 

CEO John Moses was on hand to accept the award after the speech, and several current and former board members and employees attended in support.

Noting that a society's success is measured by how it treats its weakest citizens, Elliott commended YSS for saying "yes" to such programs as the Youth Mentoring Network, Lazarus House and Mary & Martha House sober living homes for men and women with substance use disorder, and the new substance use disorder treatment center for girls that is poised to open at the Ronald C. Mulholland Juvenile Center on Chapline Street this spring.

Since 1974, Youth Services System Inc. has been an anchor in the storm for tens of thousands of children tossed on the waves of life’s tragedies and uncertainties. Led by the example of founder, the late Brother Ronald C. Mulholland, YSS has made a positive difference in this city, region, state and beyond by focusing first and foremost on the needs of the children, families and adults they serve. Moses has continued Mulholland's legacy. 

Said Moses: “I’ve learned more from these children about real courage, real risk taking, real hope. I’ve learned it was not by sheer coincidence that our Lord came from the lowly, the humbled, the poor, the homeless to invite us to meet our neighbor or perhaps find him for the first time. I look forward to learning a thing or two more as my journey proceeds.”

The mayor honored several other individuals and businesses during his 2020 address, including Lou Nau, Grow Ohio Valley Public Market, the late James Bordas, Gail Van Vranken, Jeanne Finstein, Hydie Friend, Jay Frey, Ron Scott Jr. and Augusta Levy Learning Center.


Top photo caption: Wheeling Mayor Glenn F. Elliott Jr. honors Youth Services System during his State of the City Address today at Wheeling Island Hotel Racetrack Casino. Shown on the screen are photos of CEO John Moses with past clients, left, at the Wheeling SleepOut, center, and with the late Ronald C. Mulholland, YSS founder.





Wheeling Mayor Glenn F. Elliott Jr.'s 2020 honorees pose for a photo after the State of the City Address at Wheeling Hotel Racetrack Casino today.
















YSS employees, friends and board members attend the State of the City Address today in support of CEO John Moses and Youth Services System.
















Attending the State of the City Address today at Wheeling Island Hotel Racetrack Casino to celebrate the mayor's recognition of Youth Services System are, from left, Emeritus Board Member Ron Klug, Board Members Zak Zatezalo and Rick Davis, CEO John Moses, Board Members Robert Gaudio and Rod Lee, Emeritus Board Member Rev. Darrell Cummings and Ex-Officio Board Member Wayne Hardy.