Congratulations to a local agency that is celebrating its 25th anniversary of providing services to youngsters in need.
In 25 years, The Shelter has grown into a program that operates two 14-bed group homes, between 15 and 20 foster homes and an adoption service in Douglas County. Because of its efforts Douglas County juvenile offenders and other children in need of care can stay close to home while social workers ponder what their next step should be.
The Shelter has had only one executive director in its 25-year history. That director is Judy Culley who was honored last week with a proclamation by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius declaring Dec. 19 to 23 as "Judith A. Culley Week." The honor was prompted by Shelter board members who wanted to show their appreciation for her efforts on behalf of Douglas County children.
Despite major changes in the state's child welfare system, The Shelter has provided a steady base of services for local youngsters for 25 years. That's been no small feat for which the whole community owes Culley and The Shelter a debt of gratitude..