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Fremont County Group Homes staff member chosen as Wyoming Youth Care Worker of the Year

Fremont County Group Homes staff member chosen as Wyoming Youth Care Worker of the Year

Congratulations to Betty Porter, Program Director at Fremont County Group Homes, Inc. Who was chosen as Wyoming Youth Care Worker of the Year by W.Y.S.A. (Wyoming Youth Services Association). Betty was selected over candidates from Laramie, Gillette and Torrington. She will be honored at the annual WYSA Legislative Breakfast in Cheyenne on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 along with State Legislative award winners. Below is the nomination of Betty written by Executive Director Jeff Verosky: Betty Porter has been such an important piece of the excellent care that Fremont County Group Homes provides for its residents. Starting as a shift worker for the Group Home, she has worked her way up into the Program Director position, and has done this while going back to school to get her Bachelors Degree. What makes Betty special to FCGH is her genuine care for our residents. Betty goes out of her way to learn about all of the residents who enter both of our facilities. She uses this to build a relationship with each resident to help them make better choices in their lives. She accomplishes this by meeting with each resident weekly. During this time she regularly gets the resident to open up and talk about fears or concerns they have as their time at the Group Home moves forward. With this information, Betty is able to work with that child to make their stay at our facility more pleasant and to help them transition to the next phase in their life after they depart the Group Home. This is especially apparent in the number of former residents who keep in contact with Betty. These residents call her to continue to get advice and assistance from her, but also call to let her know how they are doing and what is going on in their lives. They also let her know how she was a big help to them on getting through tough times. This is the special relationships that we want staff to try and build to reach that goal of helping the youth learn from previous bad choices and make good ones to be able to live a better life. We all appreciate Betty here at FCGH, and we know that many youth who come through our doors have in the past and will in the future. *Feature Photo: Fremont County Group Homes* #county10