Bruce C. Maag has been blessed in a way that many of us still dream about: he has been able to have a career doing what he truly loves—helping those in need. Maag has spent over 30 years helping children in foster care, contributing his energy and time to working for various organizations dedicated to helping children, many of which were organizations he started himself.
Bruce Maag began working with the Ohio Youth Advocate Program in 1978 as their COO. This was one of the first TFC programs in America. In 1984, he established Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) and was its CEO for 16 years until 1999. In December of 1999, Mr. Maag chose to resign to be with his wife who was fighting Leukemia. When Mr. Maag’s wife passed away, he realized he needed to move on and continue doing the work to which he had devoted his life. In July of 2000, he formed the International Phoenix Group and Phoenix Homes. IPG has now grown to employ more than 100 staff members and serves over 350 youths.
Mr. Maag has always found it important to help those who are less fortunate than he, and his inspiration for IPG formulated when he realized how many children are unable to be helped because they are considered more difficult than others, which is why International Phoenix Group focuses on the severely emotionally disturbed and under-served youth in North America. Since 2000, Bruce Maag has been working towards building and strengthening the structure of his much needed organization. Today, IPG has offices in three states and serves youth on a daily basis. In 1994, Bruce was honored with the Virginia Colson award from the Ohio Association for Child Caring Agencies for his outstanding services to children, youth, and families in Ohio.