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YFS Needs Volunteers for Holiday Gift Wrapping Booth!

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2014 by Brianna

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The Exchange Club of Rapid City is once again sponsoring the gift wrapping booth for Youth & Family Services in the Rushmore Mall during the month of December! Shoppers will be able to stop by the booth and have their holiday purchases wrapped for a nominal fee. All proceeds will be supporting the programs of YFS.

The wrapping station is located in the North Wing near Hallmark Gold Crown store and will be open during the Rushmore Mall shopping hours from December 5 – December 24. All types of volunteer shifts are still available from morning to evening, and even weekends!

“The gift wrapping booth is not only a fun and festive way to provide a holiday service to the community, but it is also a fundraising project that– for several years now– has helped support the programs and services provided by YFS to more than 13,000 children and families throughout western South Dakota. By volunteering your time at this year’s gift wrapping booth, you can expect to have some fun, meet new people, help wrap gifts, and share a little holiday cheer with shoppers,” says Darcie Decker, YFS Director of Community Outreach.

If you’re interested in volunteering at this year’s gift wrap, please call Darcie Decker at 342-4195 or email her at ddecker@youthandfamilyservices.org.

Referral Database for Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Services is Available in South Dakota

Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Brianna

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Drug Rehab Services: The #1 Referral Service in the United States

Finding a drug rehabilitation center can be arduous when it is time to find the right one.

Most people will look for rehab services when there is an emergency situation such as overdose, legal trouble, or physical problem which stems from the lifestyle of the addict. Families are often pressured to make a decision when the addict finally voices the decision of changing his life for the better. Addicts have a tendency to change their minds so being able to talk to a counselor right away and getting the proper information is crucial.

Addicted.org has developed a database of more than 4000 different rehab clinics for alcohol and drug dependency such as outpatient clinics, withdrawal management facilities, residential programs, and no cost treatments in the U.S.

Drug and alcohol addiction are progressing habits which go through predictable steps. It takes a certified counselor to make the proper assessment so they may refer you appropriate treatment option. A lot of factors have to be taken into consideration to have the best chance of success.

Alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinics available in Rapid City

Addicted.org has a database of more than 4000 various addiction treatment clinics for alcohol and drug addiction. It can be outpatient rehabilitation centers, withdrawal management facilities, residential drug rehabs, and no-cost rehabs in the U.S.

Addicted.org has a unique and personal approach.The first counselors you talk to are assigned to you until you or your loved one actually attend a program. You will be able to reach this counselor at any time.

Rapid City has several facilities and services for people in need of help and support with addiction such as:

  • Outpatient programs
  • Residential rehab centers
  • Services and classes for DUI offenders
  • Homeless shelters

Follow the link below to view a list of addiction treatment providers in the Rapid City area including Youth & Family Services’ Counseling Center.

http://addicted.org/rapid-city-addiction-treatment-services.html

Community “Shares the Love” with Girls Inc.!

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Brianna

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On Thursday, October 9, 16 stylists from nine Rapid City salons donated their time and talent to help make 112 members from Youth & Family Services Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City feel extra special!

The 2014 Share the Love event marks the third year that YFS has collaborated with Headlines Academy, stylists and salons from the Black Hills area, and volunteers from Ellsworth Air Force Base to focus on supporting and encouraging young girls, helping them feel beautiful inside and out.

112 members from YFS Girls Inc. made their way to Headlines Academy where they were greeted by cosmetology students and stylists and then taken to have their hair shampooed, cut, and styled. After the girls had their hair done, service women from Ellsworth Air Force Base painted their fingernails.

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Darcie Decker, YFS’ Community Outreach Director stated, “The goal of Share the Love was for the girls to experience kindness, care, and love and that was certainly accomplished. We were delighted by the smiles, the confident stature that girls walked away with, and the joy from within that was brought to each of the girls.”

A special thanks to Headlines Academy and their students, the volunteers from EAFB, and this year’s stylists:

  • Amber Thompson from A Perfect Ten
  • Jennifer Wiese from Cheveux
  • Stephanie Cole from Devine Designs by Stephanie at Classy Cuts
  • Allie from Great Clips
  • Cathy Gates from Great Clips
  • Jenna from Great Clips
  • Kara Bounous from Great Clips
  • Julia Read from Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon
  • Katy Odenbach from Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon
  • Rhonda Morgan from Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon
  • Angie Pourier from Planet Hair
  • Kate Collins from Planet Hair
  • Kayla Trombetta from Planet Hair
  • Meghyn Cabot from Planet Hair
  • Sue Ballard from Salon De Soleil
  • LouAnn Thoemke from Shear Attitudes

YFS Receives More Than 800 Books From 11-Year-Old Student

Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Brianna

Kaylee Boland, 11, stand with the books she collected for children at YFS programs.

Kaylee Boland, 11, stands with the books she collected for children at YFS programs.

 

On August 13, Youth & Family Services (YFS) received a wonderful donation– the gift of books!

Kaylee Boland, together with her mother Carol and sister Cara, delivered more than 850 books to Youth & Family Services’ Child Development Center. The books were collected during a book drive that was organized by Kaylee, an 11-year-old who will be entering 6th grade this fall. During the last school year, Kaylee learned that not all children are able to afford to have their own books at home and decided to organize a book drive to collect books for those who are less fortunate. The project is called Operation Books!

Kaylee’s original goal was to collect 1,000 but numbers have already surpassed 3,000.

The lot of books donated to Youth & Family Services will be dispersed throughout several of YFS’ programs. From all of us at Youth & Family Services, “Thank you, Kaylee!”

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Target Donates $2,000 To YFS Literacy Program

Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Brianna

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Youth & Family Services is happy to announce that its Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City’s Reader’s Corner Literacy Program was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from Target. The funds from the grant will be used to assist YFS in pursuing its goal to help children increase their overall literacy skills and to help them form good study habits.

YFS Girls Inc.’s Reader’s Corner Literacy Program provides girls in kindergarten through third grade who have been identified as reading below grade level extra hands-on activities and support to increase their skills and to help them form good study habits. This window of time is especially crucial as research has shown that children who are not reading at their grade level by third grade will continue to struggle in school, are more likely to fall behind, and are less likely to graduate than their peers.

The grant awarded to YFS is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe, and healthy communities across the country. In 2013 alone, Target donated $98 million for education, bringing their total giving to date to $875 million. The company’s goal is to donate $1 billion to education by 2015.

For more information on YFS Girls Inc.’s Literacy Program or its efforts to promote literacy in our community, please call 342-4195 or visit www.youthandfamilyservices.org.