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OMAHA, Nebraska - When Darland Construction learned of the needs of Uta Halee Girls Village, an adolescent treatment facility located on the northern outskirts of Omaha, there was unanimous agreement that it should be the kick-off project for Darland’s newly formed Community Outreach Team. The team was created to put Darland’s knowledge, resources, and talent to work; to live out the company’s commitment to giving back to the community.

To consolidate staff onto the Uta Halee campus, two outdated buildings on the campus were slated for renovation, but the price tag had kept the projects on hold. Under the coordination of the Darland Community Outreach Team, the renovation budget was slashed by two-thirds. Darland staff donated hundreds of hours of labor for the tear out, clean up, preparation, and furniture moving in the two buildings. In addition, Darland has coordinated with industry partners to arrange for donations or at-cost pricing on paint, carpet, and signage. Project partners include Floors Incorporated, Prime Paint Pros, Quality Containers, and Fast Signs.

Uta Halee Girls Village and the nearby Cooper Village for boys offer treatment, education, and counseling for youth struggling with mental health and substance use issues, often stemming from traumatic childhood experiences. These organizations join five others worldwide that have obtained certification in the Sanctuary® Model. This framework guides the mission of the Villages—to provide hope and a healing environment to adolescents and their families through comprehensive treatment programming.

“We are one of the last safety nets for severely troubled youth in our area," states Jennifer Hamann, Uta Halee Board of Directors’ chairman. “It’s the generosity of people and organizations like Darland that allows us to keep offering help and hope to these traumatized youth.” Uta Halee programs and services are partially funded through Medicaid, but rely extensively on donations for facility development and maintenance.

Renovations to the clinical services building are finished and the business center building updates will be completed during February, with a move-in date set for near the end of the month.

“Our goal is to put our construction talents and resources to work to help out organizations that serve the community and are in need of assistance,” states Darland team leader Amy Hutfles. “Uta Halee is a last resort for many girls who have had extremely difficult lives. There would be no other place for them to go if Uta Halee were not an option.”

Uta Halee programs are based on the specific, individual needs of each youth, and focus on treating the mind, body, and spirit. They provide the tools and support that struggling adolescents need to make a positive and life-long change through residential programs as well as community based services that include a day treatment program, juvenile drug court, and tracker programs. For more information about Uta Halee or to learn about ways to get involved or offer your support, please visit www. utahalee-cooper.org or contact Tracy Wells, Uta Halee Director of Donor Relations at 402-457-1316. 

Darland Construction is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska and has completed projects in 15 states.

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For more information contact:
Amy Hutfles, Contract Administrator, Community Outreach Team Chair
Darland Construction Co.
(d) 402.827.8205 | (f) 402.330.2749

Uta Halee Girls Village and Cooper Village contacts:
Mary Fraser Meints, Interim President/CEO, 402-290-4167,
Tracy Wells, Uta Halee Director of Donor Relations, 402-457-1316, or 402-490-1344
Kiley Cordes, 457-1397 or cell 953-9624. 

Photo opportunity: On Friday afternoon, January 28, 2011, the Darland Community Outreach Team volunteers will be on site at Uta Halee doing demolition on the second building to be renovated.  To arrange for on-site photos or interviews, please contact any of the individuals listed above.