PRESS RELEASE: November 19, 2014

Youth Services loses one of its biggest champions:

Richard Guthrie, former Police Chief of Brattleboro, dies at 75

Dick Guthrie had held just about every law enforcement job there is.  Starting at age 21, as the youngest police officer hired by the Brattleboro Police department, he moved from juvenile officer to Police Chief to the Sheriff of Windham County.  For five decades his career was intimately intertwined with Youth Services.

Early on, Guthrie’s avowed goal in life was to become a police officer and wear that badge, like the two officers who walked by his South Main Street house each day on their way to report for duty.  He recalls that he’d get permission from his mother to escort these officers, Angus McKenna and Richard Jones, down the hill to the Holstein Building.  “I wanted to be like them,” Guthrie said.  “They were always reaching out to you, talking.” 

Guthrie soon knew the names of every police officer in Brattleboro.  Another mentor, Sheriff Patrick J. O’Keefe, would stand on the corner of Main and Elliot daily.  As Guthrie and his classmates walked home from St. Michaels’ at lunchtime, O’Keefe would greet each of them by name.  “When we got our report card he would always ask to see it and how we were doing in school,” Guthrie recounted.  Building rapport like this with youth in the community became one of Guthrie’s goals as he followed in his mentor’s footsteps.

Read more: Dick Guthrie & Youth Services: An Essential Partnership

PRESS RELEASE: November 1, 2014

Youth Services Hires Director of Family Services

Brattleboro—Youth Services has hired Julie Schliebner, MSW, LICSW as Director of Family Services for the organization. She is providing oversight of the agency’s Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS), Balanced and Restorative Justice program (BARJ), Youth Development Program (YDP) and Basic Center Program for Runaway and Homeless Youth. She also serves as clinical supervisor for the staff.

Julie Davenson, Youth Services’ executive director, said they are fortunate to have Schliebner assume this leadership position for their clinical programs. “In addition to having served as a team leader and clinical supervisor of other staff, Julie Schliebner is herself an experienced therapist with young people and their families. Having her in this role will allow us to offer clinical services to youth and families once again,” Davenson explained.

Among other responsibilities, Schliebner is tasked with expanding Youth Services’ family mediation, counseling and outreach programs to families. “I’m looking forward to enhancing the agency’s clinical programs, to further engage our community partnerships into the work we do and build on the fine reputation Youth Services has with serving Windham County children and families,” said Schliebner.

Read more: Julie Schliebner direct Family Services at the agency

Welcome to Youth Services

Since 1972 we have been dedicated to helping families thrive. Our mission is to strengthen relationships and support systems to advance the health development of children, youth and families.

Assisting individuals living in Windham County, Vermont and neighboring towns in New Hampshire, Youth Services can help with problems ranging from the challenges associated with growing up to homelessness, to substance abuse or trouble with the law.

Each year, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and partially funded through individual and foundation donations, this private nonprofit works with an average of 2,000 children, young people and adults. We strive to ensure all clients receive services, regardless of their ability to pay.


How can you make a significant difference in the lives of area youth? 

By contributing to Youth Services financially in a variety of ways. All gifts big and small are greatly appreciated and help underwrite the agency's programs which promote the healthy development of local youth and families and help them gain the skills necessary to lead constructive lives within the community.

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