The Floyd County Youth Services Bureau was officially established on August 9, 1982. A grant was secured from the Juvenile Justice Institute for renovation and first year operating expenses for a shelter for troubled children and youth. In addition to grant money, thousands of dollars and man hours were contributed by the community. Since that time, numerous programs have been added in response to needs presented within the Southern Indiana community.
In 2012, a move to a newly renovated facility seemed the perfect opportunity to change the name to reflect our expanded programs, both qualitatively and geographically. Open Door was chosen because it seemed to indicate our acceptance of a responsibility to work with the most vulnerable children in the community. Open Door Youth Services is an accredited member of Indiana Youth Services Association, a member of IARCA, and An Association of Children and Family Services. Our programs reach as many as 4,000 children a year.
Open Door Youth Services exists to respond to the needs and promote the healthy development of vulnerable children and youth. It has been helping our community for 40 years through residential, prevention, and outreach programs that add positive influences to the lives of our young people.