NEW HOME, NEW SERVICES, NEW HOPE FOR KIDS
As we learn more about achievement gaps and success
in school, preparing our kids for college or jobs
in our communities, we learn more about the barriers
to such success. A lot of kids have it real rough,
dealing with health issues, family problems, poverty
and more. It can be overwhelming.
For more than forty years, Youth Services of Southern
Wisconsin has been providing services to these vulnerable
kids, but the need has long out-stripped the resources
available. So we celebrate - if that's the right word
- the grand opening Friday of Youth Services' new
headquarters on Rimrock Road. The building is twice
as big as the current facility, near bus lines and
bike paths, and it'll house the agency's Briarpatch
Program, Youth Job Center, Project HUGS and more,
including training space for 60 volunteers and an
8-bed shelter to serve runaway and homeless youth.
It's a shame we need a place like this. But we
do. And since Youth Services is so good at what it
does, the new building will mean better care for kids
who really need it. And that is worth celebrating.