Senator Thune helps secure YFS funding

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Senator John Thune is welcomed at a celebratory meeting regarding the expansion, because the Youth and Family Services board said his office was a crucial component in securing funds.

"Most recently he's been instrumental in helping us get the approval necessary for some other funding through New Market tax credits, we needed his help with explaining things to Head Start and getting that approval so he and his staff were instrumental there," said Margo Julius, board president of Youth and Family Services.

Julius added, "We're very appreciative."

YFS ran out of space for infants, toddlers, and middle school children so they plan for the new structure to contain these services. Plus more health education and prevention programs.

It's been their vision for a while, and within the next 12 to 18 months the expansion will be complete.

Youth and Family Services said they still need more funds, so they will reach out to the public to help complete the new project.