Updated: January 29, 2013 6:14AM
YORKVILLE — Suicide Prevention Services of America has opened an office in downtown Yorkville.
Stephanie Weber, executive director of the Batavia-based agency, said the new office is available by appointment only at this time.
“It is our goal to move toward one day a week and then more as needed,” she said.
The satellite office space, donated by Robyn Sutcliff, owner of Whitewater Ice Cream Shop, is at 131 E. Hydraulic St.
“Having such a beautiful location, along the river, in friendly quarters feels welcoming and open,” Weber said. “We have no operating budget to do this, so having the community reach out in this manner is just wonderful. With a laptop and a cell phone, along with a table and some chairs, we can make anything work.”
Yorkville has been the site of two major events for Suicide Prevention Services in the past six months: the Sky Lantern Festival in October at the Yorkville High School football stadium and the Santa Shuffle run through downtown Yorkville on Dec. 8.
Weber said her agency is trying to work with the Yorkville and Oswego school districts on getting suicide prevention training and education into the schools.
The new Yorkville location also can assist people in Sandwich and other areas “who find it difficult to travel to Batavia for services,” said Kari Frantzen, a board member of the agency and a social worker at Sandwich High School.
“Since we started a second SOS (Survivors of Suicide Support Group) in Sandwich, we have drawn people from both Kendall and DeKalb Counties. The reach of SPS goes far,” Frantzen said.
Appointments can be arranged by calling SPS administrative offices at 630-482-9699.
For information on Suicide Prevention Services, visit www.spsamerica.org/.