(L-R): Susan Fedell, YFS Chief Executive Officer; Lloyd Paulson; Connie Olson, YFS Development Director; Bob Paulson.
Youth & Family Services is pleased to announce that it has received a matching gift challenge of $1 million from Lloyd Paulson of Moorhead, MN to support its facility expansion project at the agency’s 120 E. Adams Street site. Paulson’s $1 million gift was given to YFS with a challenge for the Black Hills community to raise an additional $2 million dollars in contributions.
Lloyd and his wife, Bev Paulson, have had a long history of philanthropy, giving generously of both their time and financial resources. Their gifts have celebrated culture, nature, education, and children. Although Bev passed away in 2009, Lloyd has continued the tradition they started of providing significant monetary support, wisdom, leadership, and time for a broad range of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, cultural programs and visionary ventures.
“Lloyd has a genuine interest in enhancing the lives of children in western South Dakota. His past support of Youth & Family Services has allowed us to enrich the lives of children through our education, advocacy, nutrition, and prevention programs,” stated Susan Fedell, Chief Executive Director for Youth & Family Services. “This challenge gift provides a strong foundation for us to build upon as we continue to raise funds for our expansion project.”
In 2003, YFS began providing services at its E. Adams facility in Rapid City. At that time, the YFS Board of Directors was certain this facility would adequately meet the needs of our community for years to come. Twelve years later, YFS is now facing the reality that more space is critically needed to continue to meet its commitment to help community youth.
In collaboration with other community organizations, YFS has worked to determine how to best meet these needs while being cost effective. In anticipation of future space needs, YFS purchased the land adjacent to its current E. Adams Street facility in 2013 and 2014. This purchase was possible with the help of several generous donors.
YFS has chosen to continue expanding its E. Adams facility, located in North Rapid City, in order to remain accessible to the children and families with the greatest need. North Rapid City has the largest concentration of low-income households in our community. Expanding its E. Adams facility is also cost-effective for YFS as it can utilize the commercial kitchen, gym, library and counseling center in the existing campus. This facility expansion will allow YFS to meet the growing needs of children and families in our community as well as prepare for the increased need for services caused by anticipated population growth in Rapid City and the Black Hills area.
A few key issues that YFS plans to focus on include:
- Increased infant/toddler care
- Advocacy services and programming for middle school aged children
- Outdoor recreation spaces
- An educational greenhouse
- Fatherhood focused programming
For more information, please contact Youth & Family Services at 342-4195..