BY RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
The Shiloh House Community Advisory Board gathered at Shiloh House on Tuesday for the first meeting with the Shiloh House and Shiloh Home, Inc. administration. The board and the staff discussed the progress of the program, and what needs to be done to continue its success.
During the formation of the Shiloh House facility, which is housed at 1324 East Highway 40, the Shiloh Home, Inc. staff which runs Shiloh House encouraged and agreed to the creation of an advisory board. The board would provide the community an opportunity to participate and have input into the future of the facility.
The Shiloh House facility has been open since June, and has nine residents and a staff of 13.
The board and the administration discussed the facility's operation, the parameters for allowing a child or teen to become a resident, communication concerning admittance and residents, the process for graduation of residents that emancipate through the program, community relations and possible holiday projects.
Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead, advisory board member, said the facility is doing well and is well run.
"My general impression is that Shiloh Home heard our concerns, and have put in place a thorough screening mechanism for acceptance," he said. "I'm relieved to hear them talk about their priority being staff safety, client safety and community safety.
"If people didn't know this facility was running, they wouldn't know it's open we haven't had to respond to any calls. How this facility is operating now is night and day compared to how it used to run, and that's good to see."
This board is an important part of how a facility of this nature is run, and is a good way for the community to be involved with Shiloh House, said board member Kent Neilson, Craig City Council member.
"I think it was a positive meeting, and I look forward to being involved with Shiloh House," Neilson said. "I've supported this project from the beginning, but I still want a way for there to be local control somewhat. We should know what's going on, and give feedback on what's working and any major problems that come up."
Vicky Ramirez, chief financial officer and cofounder of Shiloh Home, Inc., sees the board as a major asset for Shiloh House.
"I'm thrilled with the set up, and how well this [meeting] has gone," Ramirez said. "I've always said one of the special things about this community is how strongly they feel about taking care of their kids.
"This meeting went extremely well. We are able to find out from various representatives of the community, and hear about what the perception of [the facility] is, what the community's mind is. It's very important for us to know if we are doing what we said we were, and what we need to do different."
The key points from the meeting to Shiloh House Administrator Anthony Noble were the need for a clear mission statement, and being sure to communicate that the facility is providing what the community wants for its children.
"Treatment and programmatic issues are important pieces of the information the community is looking for," he said. "This board is extremely important. Without it, we don't have an outside source to help us move the program forward. It's a guiding component that can tell us if we're on or off track."