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Teen treatment center nears completion

In what could be called a major feat of fundraising, Rimrock Trails, Adolescent Treatment Center will soon open the doors to their new Educational and Outpatient Services Building.
   The drive to raise $715,000, for the 8400 square foot facility began more than two years ago. Just prior to that time the organization determined a need to expand the building space to include an outpatient treatment element to augment their inpatient services.
   Executive director Ken Dalton has been the driving force behind this highly successful campaign designed to raise money from community supporters and major philanthropic organizations.
   "Some of the larger granting organizations were impressed with our ability to bring in donations from local supporters like Les Schwab, Johnson Foundation and McDonald's," Dalton explained. "That convinced the bigger foundations that the community valued our services and were eager to support our programs."
   Once community enthusiasm for the project became evident through local financial support, larger ticket donors began committing dollars to the effort. Those donors included the Murdock Foundation with $100,000, Ford Family Foundation with $75,000 and Myer Foundation with $75,000, just to name a few.
   Local supporter Paul Rodby of Ronald McDonald's House Charities was on hand earlier this week to deliver a check for $5,000. At that time, he was treated to a tour through the new facility.
   Although the flooring is still being laid and concrete out front has yet to set up, the facility is nearing completion.
   The new building features an art room, a gym complete with a climbing wall, a computer room as well as classrooms and a large conference room. The new building will increase Rimrock Trails' ability to provide day treatment and alternative education services to central Oregon youth.
   "This is a vital part of our community," Rodby said. "With as big a problem as we have, not only in Prineville, but in central Oregon, we really need an organization like this that's going to be able to work with these kids, and help them through their problems so that they can become productive citizens of the community."
   Dalton indicated that construction should be complete in time for Thanksgiving and Rodby said he would bring burgers for the grand opening.