Carbon County Youth Crisis Center to Reopen
RAWLINS – Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA) has partnered with Carbon County, the City of Rawlins and the Department of Family Services to reopen the Carbon County Youth Crisis Center, which has been closed since late October 2021.
This partnership is the result of a strong commitment by community leaders to keep young people safe in crisis situations in Carbon County. County Commissioner Sue Jones and County District Attorney Ashley Mayfield Davis were instrumental in getting VOA involved in the project.
“VOA takes great pride in providing youth services in Carbon County,” said Jeff Holsinger, CEO of Volunteers of America Northern Rockies. “I was impressed with the passion for serving children demonstrated by community leadership. I knew from the first meeting that their commitment to the youth of Carbon County, paired with our heart and our expertise in youth services, could reopen this establishment. We intend to provide excellent services in partnership with the city, county and the Department of Family Services.
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Holsinger said VOA’s leadership was “inspired” by the passion of the community and reinforced by the flexibility of the county and the Department of Family Services to make a realistic and lasting commitment to the youth of Carbon County.
“The Department of Family Services has put this community and its children first,” Holsinger said. “Their flexibility throughout this process has been critical in creating and executing a plan that works for everyone involved and, more importantly, provides excellent care for Carbon County youth in crisis. . “
Lindsey Schilling, Senior Administrator of the Social Services Division of the Department of Family Services, said: “The availability of crisis stabilization services in Carbon County is critical to preserving families and strengthening support networks. communities that will keep young people at home. As we move forward, we are excited to leverage our partnerships with VOA and all statewide crisis centers to identify other ways to continue supporting development and expansion. community services that will keep youth at home and families together.
VOA has operated a similar facility in partnership with the Department of Family Services called Milestones Youth Home in Sheridan, WY for over 20 years. Milestones supports up to ten children at a time, with six beds for 30-day crisis placements and four beds for long-term placements.
VOA will reopen the Carbon County Youth Crisis Center by the end of winter, with eight beds in total; four for crisis situations in which children are placed by courts, law enforcement or their legal guardians; and four for long-term placements to be provided by the Department of Family Services.
Carbon County has pledged $ 200,000 and the town of Rawlins has committed $ 25,000 per year for the crisis center for the next five years, Holsinger says “community support like this is scarce, but in says a lot about the community’s compassion for their youth. ” Combined with contract funding from the Department of Family Services, these commitments leave VOA with additional expense to operate the crisis center. The nonprofit, which served more than 15,000 people last year, plans to start raising funds to offset these expenses in the future.
“We plan to replicate the youth program that we have implemented at Sheridan over the past 20 years, which has been a major player in providing youth services,” Holsinger said. “Our top priorities will be to ensure that appropriate placements are made at home, that children are safe and that family reunification occurs whenever possible and appropriate.”
The first task of reopening the Carbon County Youth Crisis Center will be to hire and train staff. VOA has already posted and started interviewing a program director. This is a professional position that will oversee the program and serve as VOA’s liaison with the city and county. Beyond the position of director, VOA must hire and train six full-time employees as well as two part-time employees. To help accomplish this, VOA will be hosting hiring events at the Carbon County Youth Crisis Center in Rawlins, WY (1130 Daley St) on Thursday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and again on Friday, January 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ‘at noon. These events will have HR and Youth Services staff on-site to provide a one-stop-shop for applications, interviews and hiring.
The program should be staffed around the clock, and staff should be professionally trained and integrated before children can be transferred to the facility. Jeff Holsinger and his team are committed to opening the doors before the end of winter and are working hard to open as soon as possible. Holsinger said, “We need the help of the community to find compassionate employees to work in the program. At VOA, we are a servant leadership organization with cultural values of respect, integrity, communication, compassion and excellence. If you know of anyone who has these qualities, please ask them to apply. You can email our recruiting team at [email protected]
The mission of Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is to “compassionately serve and empower individuals by empowering them to build happy and healthy lives.” Their faith-based organization is guided by professional staff and committed volunteers who build strong families and thriving communities through progressive, holistic programs by giving a helping hand, not a helping hand. Volunteers of America Northern Rockies was established in Sheridan, Wyoming in 1985 as a regional affiliate of Volunteers of America Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. potential (created in 1896).
Their holistic and integrated programs encompass eight core service areas: Veterans Services, Health Care Services, Adult Corrections, Homeless Services, Youth Services, Affordable Housing, Ministry, and Community Outreach and Improvement. Each program enables VOA to move individuals, families and even generations from instability to full and productive lives. Their results continually demonstrate everyone’s potential.