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YSS unveils plans, name for new nature-based youth recovery campus


YSS shared the designs for its new youth recovery campus that will be located south of Ames and announced the facility’s name: Ember. “Ember symbolizes a small glowing fragment of a fire that can be revived when nurtured and cared for. The name reminds families and youth there is always hope,” YSS President and CEO Andrew Allen said. The 50-acre campus, located near Cambridge, will offer 70 beds for emergency shelter, crisis stabilization and residential addiction treatment for youths with a nature-based and trauma-informed design focus, led by Iowa State University associate professor of landscape architecture. Outdoor features on Ember’s campus will include shade shelters, walking trails, a pond, playground, sensory garden and recreational activities such as pickleball, basketball and ropes courses. YSS will break ground on the facility on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. A recent story from the innovationIOWA Weekly newsletter on the trauma-informed aspects of the design is available at this linkArchitectural rendering courtesy of RDG Planning and Design

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