Youth and Family Center launch capital campaign

The Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County will launch the “Building Brighter Futures for Youth and Families” Capital Campaign on Tuesday at the corner of Prospect and Ohio streets in Webster City at 10 a.m., Officials said Youth and Shelter Services of Hamilton County will formally announce the campaign and its fundraising goal at the event Tuesday. This campaign will strengthen and expand services by constructing a new and larger facility. The new 2,500 square-foot building will be constructed on the site of the kickoff event.

According to YSSHC coordinator Jane Adams, in the last five years, the center has grown from serving an average of 40 to 50 clients at any given time to 150 and has almost doubled the staff, which is now 10. The construction of a new building will create the necessary space to more effectively serve troubled youth and their families, she said.

“When our building is completed, it will mean each counselor will have their own office, allowing a more comfortable and confidential setting for our clients. The building will be entirely handicap accessible and energy efficient, and will meet the needs of local youth and families for many years to come,” said Adams.

“In our five year strategic plan written in 2013, a major goal was to expand our facility at some future date. I didn’t know then how soon that date would come. “In 2014, the YSSHC Community Advisory Board began to explore options to expand our facility or to relocate,” said Adams.

Youth and Shelter Services Inc. is a charitable nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide prevention, education, treatment, and residential services to children, youth, and families; to advocate on their behalf; and to help them solve problems, grow, and become self-sufficient, responsible, contributing members of society.

Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County is a branch of Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. The Youth and Shelter Services of Hamilton County Community Advisory Board operates as a subcommittee of the Board of Directors of YSS. The CAB provides local volunteer citizen support, as well as guidance and advice to the Center Coordinator, Jane Adams. The Board also serves as the Building Brighter Futures for Youth and Families Campaign Steering Committee.

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