A nonprofit agency that for half a century has helped thousands of disadvantaged children and families throughout western South Dakota is eyeing its first major building expansion project in 15 years.
Rapid City-based Youth & Family Services needs nearly $14 million for the project, and it wants the city to provide more than one-fourth of the amount.
The project will add slightly more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space to the nonprofit's existing facility. Renovations will include an expansion of middle school-age classroom space and additional space for family counseling, as well as health and nutrition programs.
Gary Brown, a board member of the nonprofit's foundation, says when its facility was built 15 years ago, it served about 8,500 children annually. Now it serves about 14,000 each year.