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Youth home needs help
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Dear Editor,
The Barton County Youth Care Inc. home was opened in the summer of 1971 after the local Business and Professional Women’s Club became aware of the need for a facility for youth who were unable to remain in their homes. Through the leadership of BPW, funds were collected and a nine bedroom home was purchased. Other civic clubs and organizations became involved in remodeling the home and the home has been in operation since that time.
The mission of Barton County Youth Care, Inc. is to provide a structured environment combined with infonnal family living for young ladies, ages 12 to 18. In doing this, we strive to provide each youth with the opportunity to develop their potential and become useful, active members of society, while creating an environment depicting a positive family lifestyle.
Barton County Youth Care, Inc. strives to provide care with a personal, positive and productive touch. We believe success is created from the combination of structure and nurturing actions and leading by example.
The home is governed by a board of directors consisting of local businessman, teachers, women and clergy.
Barton County Youth Care, Inc. is licensed for up to 10 girls, ranging in age from 12-18 years of age.
Barton County Youth Care, Inc. is partially funded on a contractually basis with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, United Methodist Youthville and Kansas Children’s League, Barton County United Way, local civic organizations and concerned citizens.
The home has been experiencing severe financial problems the last few months due to local and government budget cuts. We will be facing closing the home if we do not receive funding from outside sources. We are asking for community support. Any kind of financial support, large or small, would be greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Browne at 868-0409 or Jean Smith at 793-3124.
Carla Yahne,
Barton County Youth Care, Inc.,
and board of directors,
Great Bend