GARMISCH, Germany — The Garmisch Child and Youth Service (CYS) all-in-one facility opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony, here, Nov 16.
Community members and Garmisch Child Development Center (CDC) children gathered outside the facility to witness the ribbon cutting.
“The all-in-one facility enables us to utilize our staff in the most cost effective and efficient manner while still providing quality services.” said Brandi Stauber, Interim Deputy Garrison Manager – Garmisch.
Garmisch currently offers the only CYS program in Europe that is open seven days a week.
The renovation project originated 15 years ago when Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation wanted to build a new CYS all-in-one facility. Plans were adjusted in 2012 to meet the new requirements and dual-mission. The CDC was re-designed with Strong Bonds in mind and has two separate classrooms that were designated for the Strong Bonds program. Only smaller groups are incorporated into the regular CYS classrooms to use staffing resources most efficiently.
The European Infrastructure Consolidation program caused both the Teen and School Age Center to move, in order to combine other services in the former facility. CYS, and the CDC, are now operating under the same roof in building 723, on Artillery Kaserne.
While the CDC was able to move out of its temporary container building in April 2018, CYS only recently moved in October 2018.
“I would like to thank our Garmisch families, children and youth for their patience and understanding during the many transitions that occurred during our renovation. Change is not easy but our community patrons were supportive and understanding.” said Lisa Carlson, CYS Coordinator – Garmisch.
Roughly $2.7 million was invested to remodel the pre-World War II building and restructure the layout for a contemporary facility for the community’s younger population.