YRTC board members deem program as successful

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 9:39 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center staff first welcomed teens to Hastings back in April, and some city officials weren’t exactly looking forward to it due to the chance of runaways. However, during the city council work session Monday, council member and YRTC advisory board member Ted Schroeder, said things had been going well since the beginning with both the board and the program.

There were eight members on the advisory board that planned to have quarterly meetings. The center is helping a little more than 10 juveniles to lead them back on the right path.

Schroeder said he remembers back to when the first girls moved to the Hastings facility.

“The very first visit there they actually took us over to the cottages, and we went to each one of them and met the girls right away, which we were kind of surprised that early but, they were pretty spirited, but again at the same time, they were respectful, you know,” Schroeder said. “They were in there because they got in trouble, but again, we enjoyed the interaction to kind of see what the girls were like.”

More recently, they even had a pizza party with four of the girls from Hastings and were able to see how the YRTC was helping to make a difference in their lives.

He said the purpose of the rehab and treatment center is to get the juveniles back home to their families or sponsors. Schroeder added, they had a few move on to complete the program and move on to their next step to further get them the help they needed.

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