Shiloh Home celebrates one year of operation |

Shiloh Home celebrates one year of operation

Pat Callahan

Shiloh Home, Craig’s youth care facility, celebrated one year of operation with a public meeting Monday night to discuss its role in the community and its goals.

The home, which provides residential treatment for troubled males, opened June 11, 2001.

“What we are doing is providing treatment services, in our environment, for these youths to modify their behavior that they may have run into trouble with out in the community, or at home, or with law enforcement, or with the school,” said Shiloh Home Administrator Anthony Noble. “What we also do is provide individual mental health therapy, family therapy and various group sessions for these youngsters. They attend their own school with us, and we provide school services and an education program based on the Moffat County curriculum.”

Noble said the facility had provided service for 44 young people, from 11 counties, over the last year.

Challenges that youth face that Shiloh Home tries to address include family conflict, defiance and symptoms of depression.

Shiloh Home success includes predominately serving area youth, resident youth reports, which reflected a feeling of success in the education program, positive feedback from the state’s Department of Human Services inspectors and little police involvement.

“I feel the first year has been extremely successful for us,” Noble said. “I believe for what we have done for the first year we have been open it has just been wonderful as far as meeting the individual clinical, therapeutic and behavioral needs of these children.”

The facility’s needs include improved coordination with the school district, developing an environment to meet the needs of referrals ages 9 through 11, improved access to address medical and dental needs and continuing an ongoing dialogue with the county Human Services Department to ensure the program matches area needs.

“There are several things we need to work on,” Noble said. “One is a better dialogue with the community about what is needed. Particularly in relation to how we can meet certain children’s needs. We need to look very closely at whether our treatment program is meeting the needs of these youths in this local area. We also want to look at developing an after-care type program, so when youngsters leave our facility, especially here in northwest area, that we provide an ongoing continuum of services. So that that child is less likely to return to the foster care setting.”

Noble also has an eye on the future of Shiloh Home.

“Over the next year we want to enhance the program,” Noble said. “We would like to develop more things along the lines that begin to really challenge these youth. An example would be a climbing wall. I’d like to develop more of a recreational component that is specifically focused on activities and development of a corrective behaviors for them, so that they begin to experience an excitement of being able to climb up a wall, as opposed to an excitement of using a substance.”

Shiloh Home came into existence through the efforts of Steven and Vicki Ramirez in 1986.

The two broke off from a Denver-based agency, buying an existing program, and their own home.

Steven Ramirez said the program started as a group home, but as demands for services increased, the program and organization expanded.

“We wanted to have a program that was community based,” Ramirez said. “We wanted to have the kids kept in the environment where they came from, so they’re not sent across the state somewhere. So we felt a home-based, community-involvement program was the best route for our kids.”

Ramirez said that is exactly what is being implemented locally.

“When we came out here, we wanted to continue with a community-based type program, and try to keep the kids as close as possible to where they live and where the people they’re involved with are still there, and where they have resources and support systems.”

For more information about Craig’s Shiloh Home, contact Anthony Noble at 824-2471.

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