Shiloh Home to host public meeting

Advisory board wants to discuss facility's purpose with area residents

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It's been a year and a half and the administrators and board members of Shiloh Home Inc. in Craig want to discuss with the community what the youth care center has done since its inception and what it hopes to do in the future.

A public meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Advisory board member Donna Zulian said she thinks it will be a positive report.

"We feel it's definitely accomplished and met the goals the directors said it would," she said of the Shiloh House, a non-profit agency.

Right now, six teenagers are housed at the home for juvenile males who have run into trouble with the law, and, since its inception, about 60 teenagers have gone through the facility, according to Anthony Noble, director of Shiloh House.

Before the home opened in Craig, Noble said there were many concerns expressed in the community about bringing a facility like Shiloh to Craig.

But none of those concerns have become a reality, Noble said, and officials want to exhibit that in their meeting.

"Before it opened, the public had concerns about it," he said. "We want to address issues of concern and the utilization of the facility."

He also said they want to talk about the benefits of having the Shiloh House in the community.

"We want to talk about the economic impact and the employees from the community," he said.

The facility currently employs 14 people.

Advisory board member Kent Nielson, who runs the local Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, agreed that the home has served its purpose in Craig.

"It's good to have a place in our community to house juveniles, especially ours in Moffat County," Nielson said. "It saves taxpayers money in the long run to have a facility here. It's not as expensive as it is to send them to the Eastern Slope or Grand Junction."

One area of concern residents had when plans were being developed to bring the home to Craig was that the community would inherit problems from metro communities on the Eastern Slope.

That has not happened, Nielson said, and the home has served its intended purpose -- to help families in Northwest Colorado.

"They didn't want to bring Eastern Slope problems to our community," he said. "The objective was to provide a juvenile service here to make it more convenient for people in Moffat County. I think that objective has been met."

Local law enforcement agencies also have benefited, Nielson said.

"I think they've done an excellent job," he said. "From what I have heard from law enforcement, they don't have near the calls they used to have."

Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg agreed the home is a benefit for the community.

"It's good to have a facility like this here because, through social services, we have somewhere to place someone when we need to," he said. "It's an asset for us."

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

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