Shady Rest Home and signThe Shady Rest Committee will conduct a public outreach session on Wednesday, January 10th at 6 p.m. in the evening in the second floor meeting room of the County Building.

The committee wants to hear from the public on their thought for use of the building.

After 15 years of being operated by the Bowen Center, in May of 2017 the commissioners were told that the Bowen Center would be turning the property back over to the county in early fall.  A committee was put together to examine the property and help to determine the next step.

The committee solicited for proposals for use of the property.  Proposals were received from four organizations including S.T.O.P. (Save the Old Properties), Prairie View Adult Services, Gregg Erickson and Glenn Peterson.  After reviewing the proposals the committee met with Gregg Erickson and Ted Hayden from Prairie View Services who are local people and both have similar ideas for the property.

The idea is to create a residential program that would assist recovering addicts for a 6 to 9 month program.  They clients would be required to get jobs, participate in counseling and treatment, work in the residential facility, do community service and work on life skills such as parenting classes.

Anyone interested in learning more about the potential recovery program and how the facility would be operated is welcome to attend the outreach session.