Family Services Association of Boyle County is the successor to the Family Welfare Association of Boyle County (1930), which was the successor to the Community Work Board, which was founded in 1916. That makes Family Services perhaps the oldest private charitable organization in Boyle County. From its building ("Community House") on South Third Street, where it rents space to the American Red Cross and Boyle County Habitat for Humanity, it dispenses aid to persons needing emergency assistance in paying for rent, utilities and food. For many in Danville and Boyle County, it is a place of hope.
Family Services Association has been blessed with a string of extraordinary women who have served as its executive directors. I call them "saints." These include Louise Robinson, Brenda Kellam and Janie Pass. No less extraordinary is the current executive director, Jeannine Sharp. For more than 15 years now she has occupied the position. That's longer than any of the other persons named.