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YFS Summer Food Program

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Brianna

Summ Food Flier

Youth & Family Services is excited to announce its sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. YFS’ Summer Food Program will provide any child between the ages of 1 -18 with a free breakfast and lunch, each weekday throughout the summer. Registration for this program is not required and accompanying adults may also eat for a $2.00 fee. The program will be operating June – August.

Youth & Family Services (YFS) will be serving both breakfast and lunch at its 410 E. Monroe St. facility. Lunches will also be served at the Mother Butler Center, located at 231 Knollwood Dr. in Rapid City.

For more information on YFS’ Summer Food Program, please call 341-7231.

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YFS Staff Members Recognized at Awards Ceremony

Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Brianna


Maureen Murray, (center) holds her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Maureen Murray, (center) holds her Lifetime Achievement Award.

On April 22, Youth & Family Services Counseling Center’s Lead Therapist Maureen Murray, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Western South Dakota Child Protection Council Awards Ceremony. The Western South Dakota Child Protection Council is a non-profit alliance dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and neglect through community collaboration and education in addition to recognition of prevention efforts.

Each year, the group sponsors the lunch event to recognize members of the community who have contributed to the prevention of child abuse and the well-being of families in the area. Maureen received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive work with children and families throughout western South Dakota.

Another YFS staff member, Carrie Robley, the Director of YFS Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City, was also recognized at this year’s luncheon. Carrie was an honoree of the 2014 Strengthening Families Award.

Carrie Robley, (back row, far right) was an honoree of the 2014 Strengthening Families Award.

Carrie Robley, (back row, far right) was an honoree of the 2014 Strengthening Families Award.

YFS would like to applaud these women for their efforts and thank them for all they do for the children and families in the community of western South Dakota.

Girls Inc. Members Dance The Night Away At 6th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Brianna


Thursday, April 17, Youth & Family Services Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City and the YFS Fatherhood First program collaborated to host the 6th annual Father/ Daughter Dance.

For the past six years, YFS Girls Inc. and YFS Fatherhood First staff members have worked together to provide YFS Girls Inc. members and their  fathers or father figures with a memorable evening filled with food, fun, and dancing. This year, more 30 girls were able to participate in the event with their fathers or father figures at the Candy Land themed event.

The special evening began with a grand march where each of the attendees were formally announced and given a carnation. The lovely young ladies were escorted by their fathers or father figures down a runway that was prepared especially for them, and at the end of which they were able to get their pictures taken together. Next, the attendees were seated at beautifully decorated tables and served a delicious sit-down dinner that was provided by YFS’ Nutrition Services. After dinner, the fathers and their daughters made their way out to the dance floor to spend some time having fun with each other.

“This is a great, one-of-a-kind event where a father and his daughter(s) can enjoy each others company and strengthen their bonds for one another,” said John Gordon, YFS Fatherhood First Director. “This event was, without a doubt, one of the top experiences I have had as a human services professional. It is always great to see such positive memories being made for both the dads and their girls.”

For any questions regarding the YFS Fatherhood First program or YFS Girls Inc., please contact 342-4195.

Midcontinent Foundation Gives Gift To YFS

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Brianna


On Tuesday, April 8, Youth & Family Services received a generous donation from the Midcontinent Communications’ Foundation.

Rick Haupt, Regional Sales Manager at Midcontinent Communications presented a check to Connie Olson, YFS Development Director, in the amount of $1,000 to help Youth & Family Services’ Maintenance Department purchase computers.

“The equipment this donation will be helping the YFS Maintenance department purchase will be tremendously helpful,” stated Mike Smith, YFS Facilities Director. “YFS Maintenance staff will be able to use the computers for day to day work, project research, and for handling work requests.”

Midcontinent Communications has been an avid supporter of Youth & Family Services for many years. Their continued partnership is greatly appreciated.

YFS Child Care Now Enrolling For Infants And Toddlers

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Brianna


Youth & Family Services Child Care has opened a new infant and toddler care classroom. The new classroom is allowing YFS Child Care to serve 10 additional children between the ages of four weeks and three years in the Rapid City area.

YFS Child Care infant and toddler classrooms provide a warm and welcoming environment, small class sizes to ensure quality care, nutritious meals and snacks planned by a registered dietitian, standard diapers, wipes, and formula, as well as baby cereal and food.

Children enrolled in YFS Child Care’s infant and toddler classrooms benefit from a wide variety of activities and experiences in an excellent facility and are cared for by a teacher with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  In addition, each child will receive a free developmental, social, and emotional screening upon enrollment.

“We are very excited to be expanding our services,” stated Amanda Moriarty, YFS Child Care Director. “For years we have received inquiries about the availability of additional infant and toddler care and we’re very excited to be able to help meet that need in Rapid City.”

YFS Child Care is located at 120 E. Adams Street in Rapid City. Its hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to enroll your infant or toddler, please call (605) 342-4233.