WALSENBURG — For the past several years, Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth (SCCY) has operated out of the basement of the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center’s Outreach Clinic. The collaboration between the two entities has been a partnership that has benefited both organizations.
The Executive Director of SCCY, Myra Trujillo, has been involved with SCCY for about nine years and is very service oriented. In speaking about the move, Trujillo said, “This move will provide a larger space for the youth of Huerfano County to participate in positive learning and life experiences so that they have the opportunity to become successful adult leaders. It also allows us to fulfill our collaborations with the different agencies of the county.”
After a busy summer offering several programs to the area’s youth, the SCCY is planning the move to the new location at 513 Main Street in downtown Walsenburg.
SCCY is looking forward to offering more services there. Among the new services are homework assistance, tutoring and healthy cooking classes. SCCY is operated on grants and donations only; all services are free to the youth and their families.
The new youth center, however, needs a lot of work. The building has been sitting dormant for quite a while and is in disrepair. The remodel, so far, has been accomplished by volunteers, staff, and the youth themselves. Work that still needs to be done before they can move in includes flooring, repairing drywall, and upgrading the electrical system.
With any remodel, comes the high cost of materials. So far, the SCCY has been able to keep the costs low and to rely on donations of goods. To date, the biggest donation has been a stove for the kitchen.
There is a “wish list” the SCCY have put together. Among the items on the wish list are kitchen items and a lawn mower as well as gift cards. Anyone able to help can find the rest of the wish list at this website: sccy4youth.org
The staff and youth of the SCCY wish to invite all to stop in and see the new center and all the SCCY has to offer.