History/CSVC Today

Community Services of Venango County, Inc. (CSVC), a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization was founded in 1967 and incorporated in 1973. CSVC began as a small grassroots program with three staff members and is currently staffed by 50 employees responsible for the administration, implementation and delivery of services.

CSVC has experienced significant organizational change and growth since our beginnings as an emergency aid program. We have expanded our mission and variety of services to meet community needs, as shown by the timeline below.

1967:Emergency Aid: Food Pantry and Clothing Room opens in Oil City to serve low-income families.
1990:Opens second Food Pantry and Clothing Room in Rocky Grove.
1996:Low income housing apartments open in Oil City.
1996:Welcome Every Child: Provides expectant parents with support and education to welcome their babies into our community.
1999:Early Head Start: CSVC receives its first federal grant to serve pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers, birth to three. Services are provided in the home.
1999:Nurse/Home Visitor: Serves those on wait-list for Early Head Start in Venango County.
2002:Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q): Provides information about levels of satisfaction expressed by individuals with developmental disabilities served by Cameron/Elk, McKean, Clarion, Venango counties and Polk Center.
2006:Work Ready: Provides case-management and supportive services to assist individuals in need of re-mediating specific barriers to employment.
2007:Consumer/Family Satisfaction Teams (C/FST): Provides individuals recovering from a mental illness and/or substance abuse an opportunity to voice their perspectives regarding their level of satisfaction with services they receive.
2007:Elk St: Purchased a home in Franklin to provide permanent, supportive housing for individuals recovering from severe mental illness.
2008:Work Wear: Provides professional attire for job interviews and specific clothing necessary for employment. Referrals come from the Public Assistance Office.
2008:Sycamore Commons: The agency receives its second federal grant to serve seriously mentally ill, chronic substance abusers and chronically homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing.
2009:Crawford EHS: Receives third federal grant opportunity to expand EHS services into Crawford County; office opens in Meadville, PA.
2011:Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation: Funding to increase Early Head Start services in Crawford, Forest and Venango counties. Office opens in Titusville, PA.
2012:Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation: Funding to implement Parents As Teachers to serve those on the wait-list for Early Head Start in Crawford, Forest and Venango counties.
2013: Cooking Counts: A six week program that teaches families how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment.
2014:Doula program: Support through the pregnancy and birth experience.
2014:New Beginnings: Serving families with identified substance abuse/recovery issues who have children through age three and pregnant women in Venango County.
2014:Ages and Stages Questionaire (ASQ): Program provides developmental and social/emotional screenings for children birth to age five who have been subjects of a substantiated report of child abuse/neglect in Venango County.
2014:Parker Place: Bi-Weekly Luncheon and Socialization Program for Older Adults. Speakers and activities center around the luncheons.
2015:Contact Visitation: Coaching support to incarcerated parents during their visitation with their children at the Venango County Jail. This program provides meaningful and engaging visits that nurtures attachment during incarceration.
2016:Great Beginnings: Visitation program providing education and supports to families with children born at UPMC Northwest Hospital identified as having Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and/or other addiction issues.
2016:Home Meal Delivery: Home Delivered meals to Older Adults within Venango County.
2016:Cranberry Place, Scrubgrass Senior Center and four Satellite Senior Centers: Older adult programming that provides a variety of services aimed at Socialization, Nutrition, Health and Fitness, and Recreational and Volunteer Opportunities. Located in the Cranberry Mall and various sites within Venango County.