An Important Message
The death of George Floyd and the images of violence and fear in the aftermath throughout our nation has been very traumatic for individuals, families, communities, and our nation. The powerful, traumatizing images that are so easily accessible in this moment, the trauma that many have felt from ongoing exposure to violence, racism, inequality, and other forms of injustice are very real and can have lasting impact.
Idaho Youth Ranch treats many forms of childhood adversity and trauma in youth and families every day. We stand ready and available to you provide counseling and therapy to the youth and families across Idaho. If you are struggling, please call 208-947-0863, or click here to request help.
For help starting the discussion with your family about race, racism, and inequality, check out these resources:
- How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism
- Inoculating Our Children Against Racism
- Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate
- 13 Books to Help You Explain Racism to Kids, by Hillary Bird
- Books, movies, and other resources that can help start the conversation
At this critical time, when mental health is so important; Idaho Youth Ranch is committed to serving our clients with as little interruption to therapy as possible while still being mindful of the health and safety of our counselor and those we serve. We are still accepting new clients.
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.
Our thrift stores are open and accepting donations. In areas where local governments require facemasks, shoppers are required to wear a mask in Idaho Youth Ranch Stores, in all other stores we highly encourage wearing a facemask as well. For more information please visit our Thrift Store Page.
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
- When youth arrive for therapy they are instructed to wash and sanitize their hands
- Therapists wash hands thoroughly between client visits
- Therapy rooms are wiped down after every session
- Therapists and youth always maintain CDC recommended social distancing
- Parents & families are asked to remain in the car during therapy sessions
- No outside visitors are being allowed.
- Staff & kids temperatures are being checked when they arrive at Hays
- Staff & kids are instructed to wash hands upon arrival
- CDC recommended social distancing is kept in place at meals
- Counters, tables, and other surfaces are being regularly sanitized
- Parent & caseworker visits are being conducted via video
- We reserve the right to limit the number of people who can be in a store at a time. This number is dependent upon the square footage of each individual store as well as our manager’s discretion.
- All staff will wear protective face masks.
- Cash registers are cleaned and wiped down throughout the day.
- Our Customer Service Representatives throughout the stores have been provided with hand sanitizer to use regularly.
- Store employees will follow a strict store-cleaning protocol on an hourly or as-needed basis, focusing especially on high-traffic areas like fitting rooms, donation areas, and bathrooms.
- Store teams have been coached in using good social distancing and care when working with customers and each other.