Shannon Robotham with Epworth Village Group Home provided the program at our Kiwanis Meeting this noon. Epworth Village has a long history in York for providing family-centered care and treatment to bring hope and healing to youth and families in a compassionate and caring manner. The York home, in addition to a similar facility in Grand Island, NE has a total of 30 beds for boys ages 12-18 who have had behavioral, emotional or other issues. Treatment is focused on : Behavioral & Emotional control, Social Skills Development, Character Development and Life Skills. Monthly meetings are held with family members as well as current schools. Epworth Village has long been a Methodist Church mission but substantial funding comes from the State. Shannon says she is talking to Churches with State funding being reduced. They hope to also provide facilities for girls.
Katie Radcliffe and Renee Praceil with the local Head Start program were also there to express their Thanks for all our Club has done with them in their programs. Kiwanis members read to the children and sponsor a swimming “Pool Party” among other activities. The Pool Party is a major event involving the parents as well as the kids. The mission of Kiwanis has been defined as “Helping the Children of the World, One Child at a Time”. Both of these activities today fit very well into that world wide mission on a local level.