Idaho Youth Ranch's Response to Coronavirus COVID-19
We know there is growing concern as the outbreak and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. Ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of the youth we serve along with our employees, donors, and shoppers has always been a top priority, and it is especially critical at this time.
As we all grapple with this issue, our focus on our mission becomes even more important: “We unite for Idaho’s youth by providing accessible programs and services that nurture hope, healing, and resilience.” Our hope in a time like this is that our collective understanding of the need to unite to help Idaho’s youth becomes even more clear. At the same time, providing accessible programs is taking on new meaning during this time of social distancing. We are continuing to develop the right steps to respond to this crisis as it continues to emerge and change. Know that our focus on helping the youth of Idaho has not changed, and we are still serving kids every day. This includes serving youth at our runaway and homeless crisis center, Hays House; providing individual and family therapy through our centers in North Idaho and in the Treasure Valley; continuing our equine therapy program; and, now, providing guidance for parents and families grappling with Covid-19 and its impacts on the health and mental health of many.
This is a stressful time for everyone, which can exacerbate the underlying mental health and behavioral issues that each of us may face, including those faced by the youth we are treating. We are anticipating the need for our therapeutic services to grow as we go through and beyond this difficult period in our world.
We will get through this time as we unite together with compassion. Our commitment to our mission is unchanging. One of our core values is transparency, and we will keep you up to date on our efforts during this time and on any impact COVID-19 has on our operations.
Scott Curtis, LMSW