A packed room full of dignitaries, financial supporters, staff and clients gathered Tuesday morning at the new Volunteers of America Milestones Children's Home. Officially open for business, several speakers made brief presentations before the Sheridan County Chamber Ambassadors cut the ribbon.
President and CEO of VOA Northern Rockies, Jeff Holsinger; Chaplain Gary Kopsa; Board Chairman Charlie Whiton; former Independent Living Coordinator Melinda Dennington; Federal Programs Coordinator with the Wyoming Community Development Authority, Jennifer Crawford; Matt Jones, Field Representative in Sheridan for Congressman Cynthia Lummis; and VOA, Inc. President and CEO, Mike King, all lauded the community effort of bringing the home to reality. King told the group.
Milestones will house troubled youth, both males and females, in a transitional setting as they work toward the dream of leaving a life of dysfunctional family settings or poor choices and entering into a life of productivity as contributing members of society.
Dennington told the crowd that had it not been for the VOA, she would have stayed in a lifestyle as a young person where her actions and behaviors would have put her on a totally different – and negative – path.
After addressing the adults present, Mike King specifically turned to the six young clients currently living in Milestones and said.
After the ribbon cutting, attendees were invited to enjoy a reception catered by the VOA's Catering for a Cause and to tour the facility, which is located behind Landon's Greenhouse and across from the VOA's Gathering Place.