YES House To Break Ground On Girls' Cottage

June 12, 2014, Gillette, Wyo. — On Wednesday, June 18, at 4:30 p.m., the City of Gillette, Campbell County Government and the Y.E.S. House invite the community to attend the ground breaking ceremony for the Girls’ Residential Treatment Center or Girls’ Cottage on the Y.E.S House campus.  The ground breaking for the Girls’ Cottage will include remarks from Y.E.S. Foundation Board of Directors Chair, Chris Shelledy, Gillette Mayor, John Opseth, County Commissioners Chairman, Mark Christensen and Y.E.S. House Operations Board President, Juli Pierce.  The ceremony will start at 4:30 pm at the Y.E.S. House campus located at 905 N. Gurley Avenue.

The new Girls’ Cottage will be 10,812 sf and will house a 16 bed residential treatment center on one side and a 12 bed crisis shelter/group home in the other side. The Y.E.S. House residential treatment program helps children with substance abuse and mental health issues.  Typical stay is nine months and the children complete a structured program that includes educational and behavioral goals and intensive therapy.  The crisis shelter/group home side of the building will provide a setting for children who need to be placed in a safe environment due to abuse, are transitioning into foster care or another secure setting, or do not have a home to go to.

The current 12 bed Girls’ Cottage is located at 706 Longmont Ave.  Presently, the girls are driven to and from the N. Gurley campus for school, meals, recreation and therapy sessions.  The new building will have the capacity to serve more children while providing a cost savings and increased security for the organization.

Funding for the building was a community effort.  The City of Gillette provided $1.4 million, Campbell County Government provided $1 million and the Y.E.S. Foundation raised $1 million from private and corporate donations.  “A Daniels Fund grant in the amount of $250,000 was the largest single private contribution to the Girls’ Cottage,” said Chris Shelledy, the Y.E.S. Foundation Board Chairman. “But this building and the entire campus wouldn’t be here if not for the amazing generosity of the people and businesses of this community.”

The ground breaking ceremony will take place at 905 N. Gurley Avenue, on the north end of the Y.E.S. House campus.  Parking for the public will be available on campus with overflow parking in the Boot Hill parking lot across the street.  The celebration will begin with speakers at 4:30 p.m., followed by pictures and a reception with light refreshments provided.

About Youth Emergency Services
Youth Emergency Services, Inc. (the YES House) is a private, non-profit agency located in Gillette, Wyo. Services are provided to young people, ages 5-21, and their families. The goal is to keep families together whenever possible. The YES House provides a range of services from prevention to intervention and treatment, and its programs offer support and stabilization for at-risk youth and their families on a 24-hour basis. 

Youth Emergency Services Foundation’s purpose is to provide funding for the programs, children and families, equipment, building and expansion needs of the Youth Emergency Services, Inc. Visit youthemergencyservices.org for more information. 
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