Youth Shelter Care was established June 17, 1979, to serve as a community resource for "youth and families through a diversity of services."
That important 35-year milestone was celebrated Sunday along with a ribbon cutting for a new service, the Krueger Counseling Center.
Just a bit more than a year ago, YSC received accreditation to provide psychotherapy services through Magellan Health Services.
Jim Seward, YSC executive director, explained the importance of the program and the center to the community.
"We are now on (Magellan's) panel as a provider of mental health, and we are considered an option for the community of Fort Dodge and the surrounding areas," he said. "Knowing the community would have a difficult time accepting going to therapy at Youth Shelter Care, I wanted to create a safe place to talk for our clients with a name that is familiar and meaningful to YSC."
Consequently, the center has been named in honor of Dee Krueger, who from 1979 to 1999 was YSC's first executive director.
This recognition is well-deserved. As the organization's founding leader, Krueger was instrumental in turning the YSC from a concept into a powerful community asset.
Seward captured Krueger's importance to YSC in his remarks Sunday.
"For 20 years she assisted in the physical plant growth, moving this organization from its original house to this location, and also professional growth, placing many in positions that at that time assisted in the growth and desires of the agencies' missions," he said.
The Messenger joins YSC in paying tribute to Krueger's enormous contribution to our community and applauds the decision to honor her in this way.