Home for troubled youth to expand service area

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Directors for a local home for juvenile males will move forward with plans to expand services after a public meeting Monday held to gather public input failed to draw

anyone.

Right now the Shiloh Home draws clients from Moffat and three surrounding counties.

"Other counties have said they will use us," said Steve Ramirez, CEO of Shiloh Homes, Inc., which has five other homes on the Front Range. "They're excited about it because they don't have to send kids to the Front Range."

Currently the home has five clients but that number needs to be doubled in order for it to be a financially viable operation, said the director of Craig's Shiloh Home, Anthony Noble.

Which is why directors have undertaken an effort to expand the home's reach.

According to Don Klumb, the chief operating officer of Shiloh Homes Inc., youth with a variety of problems and issues are housed at the home.

Many need mental health treatment, and Shiloh Homes Inc. is a better fit for these youth than being placed in a correctional system, he said.

"It's not a lock-down program," Klumb said. "We can't take the hard-core kids that need a lock-down facility."

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said local law enforcement officials have not had to deal with any problems at the home since its inception a year and a half ago.

"There have been no issues from the law enforcement side," he said. "It's a good operation."

The home will have to receive the OK from the Moffat County commissioners to expand, and Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton, who attended the meeting Monday, said he would give the home his approval.

"They've done exactly what they said they were going to do," Hampton said. "There hasn't been any problems. We need to let them expand so they can break even. You can't lose money and stay in business."

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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