About Us

Our Commitment

Family Services Association has been at the forefront of designing programs and delivering services that meet the needs of individuals, families and communities since 1896.

Though much has changed since 1896, our commitment to providing efficient and effective services, delivered by professional staff who respect the dignity and self-determination of every individual, has never changed.

As one of the oldest non-profit social service agencies, we are proud of the many social and human services organization that evolved from our rich history; providing adoption services, emergency shelter, food and clothing banks, and employment.  Family Services continues to build strong partnerships within the community to support health and wellness and ensure access to services for our neighbors and friends.

Organizational History

During the winter of 1896, there wer
e about 2,000 unemployed workers in the Dayton area.  The task of meeting these families' needs became so overwhelming that on December 21st, a town meeting was held at the Grand Opera House to address this concern in the community.

That night, amid much enthusiasm, one organization was founded- the Associated Charities of Dayton- and charged with caring for the needs of individuals and families impacted by poverty, unemployment and other crisis within the community.  This new organization continued as an essential service provider within as Family Services Association (DBA Family Services).  

The "Council of Fifteen" was the first governing body or board of trustees for the new agency.  It was comprised of local philanthropists- men and women dedicated to eliminating poverty, unemployment and the suffering of children and families in Dayton and the surrounding communities.  Associated charities was charged with providing goods and services at no cost to these individuals and families.  The council determined that funds to operate the organization would come from the public through donations and gifts, or through the sale of "memberships."

Although the first efforts of what is now Family Services were to provide food, shelter, and clothing, the original constitution clearly identified the responsibility of the agency to help people help themselves, a philosophy that continues to guide the development and delivery of services to this day.

As we celebrate 124 years of strengthening individuals, families, and communities we recognize the millions of people with whom we have been associated since 1896, including founders; Board members; volunteers; staff; contract professionals; community service organizations; government officials; community leaders; and funders, donors, and supporters from the private and public sector.  Most of all, we honor the families who come to us when they are most vulnerable and recognize their courage and caring for one another in times of crisis, chaos and change.

View the original "Council of Fifteen" document.  Council of Fifteen  

2022 Board of Directors Officers

President - 
Courtney Stangel, CPA 
Immediate Past President - Bonnie Beaman Rice, Esq.
First Vice President -Xavier Johnson, Pastor
Second Vice President- Ashley Nichols
Treasurer - Arvin Miller S. III, Mag. 
Member at Large- Lynn Burns, CPA
Member at Large- James Dodok
Member at Large- Danielle M. Poe, Ph.D.


Gregory Gibson, Esq.
Lanese Layne, Atty.
Dr. Sheila Rajaratnam
Melissa Strombeck, IMFT
Cathy Zois Lutz

Accreditation and Financials: 
Partnerships and Accreditation, Family Service Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

We receive operating funds from a variety of government, local, corporate and private sources.

We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA)and certified by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS).

We are members of the National Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
and the Ohio Community Center for the Deaf (Alliance 1).

We are a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.

Annual Report:  

990 Report:  990 Form

Rights and Privacy Policy

Your Privacy and Rights are Important to Us!

We strictly follow Ohio State and HIPPA guidelines to protect client privacy and rights.
Family Service Association is in compliance with all EEO and Affirmative Action requirements.  A copy of our AAPV Letter from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Equal Opportunity Division is available below.

Job Postings

If you are interested in applying for a position, please send completed EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION and your resume to information@fsadayton.org

Internship Opportunities

Family Services offers internship opportunities for students attending accrediting schools recognized by CACREP for Counselors and CSWE for Social Workers obtaining their Masters.  If you are interested in completing your internship at Family Services, please send completed EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION and resume to information@fsadayton.org.  You may also contact Joanna White for Social Work and Bonnie Parish or Tim Alldredge for Counseling at 937-222-9481.