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John Morrell Helps YFS “Meat” The Need!

Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Brianna


John Morrell expanded its efforts to help fight hunger with a donation to Youth & Family Services (YFS) in Rapid City, South Dakota, this week. Together with Family Thrift Center, the company donated 500 pounds of John Morrell ham YFS’ Nutrition Services program. The donation fills an acute need for YFS and will help make a difference in the lives of those struggling with, or who are at immediate risk of hunger.

The event is a local complement to the company’s commitment to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, a national organization working to end childhood hunger in America. John Morrell announced last year that it was joining its parent company, Smithfield Foods, in supporting No Kid Hungryto ensure all children in America have the healthy food they need.

“Everyone at John Morrell is passionate about giving back to the communities in which we work and live and in particular, supporting the fight against hunger,” said Chuck Gitkin, vice president of marketing and R&D, John Morrell Food Group. “Our partnership with the No Kid Hungry campaign is an excellent way for us to help make a difference and to help get children and families the food they need. We are proud to continue this relationship and are thankful for the support of partners such as Family Thrift Center. With their support, it enables us to really reach out to communities like Rapid City and others across the country.”

One out of five kids in this nation lives in a family struggling to put food on the table. In South Dakota, 18% of children live with the threat of hunger. Throughout the state, the No Kid Hungry campaign connects children in need to nutritious food and helps families learn the skills they need in order to prepare healthy and affordable meals through programs and organizations such as Youth & Family Services’ Nutrition Services. Last year, the Nutrition Services program provided or oversaw the provision of 892,554 well-balanced meals and snacks to children in YFS agency programs and those children receiving care from registered in-home child care providers through the Family Child Care Nutrition program.

“We are thrilled to have John Morrell and Nash Finch support Youth & Family Services’ Nutrition program,” stated Darcie Decker, YFS Nutrition Services Director. “This donation is a valuable contribution to the meals we provide to children in our community. The lives and stomachs of many children will benefit through the addition of this ham in our Summer Food Program. YFS’ Summer Food Program provides meals at no cost to children ages 18 and younger.”

Family Thrift Center customers will find details about No Kid Hungry through in-store signage and can make a donation at the checkout registers now through Saturday, June 28

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.