Human services celebrates new digs

Bob White, director of Routt County Human Services, couldn't help but smile when he said his department's new building is bringing an old mortuary back to life.

"There's a pun in there somewhere," White said.

What: Ribbon-cutting and open house at the new Routt County Human Services building.

When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: 135 Sixth St., across from the courthouse annex

Call: Robert White, human services director, at 870-5274

Pun or not, White and the Steamboat Chamber Am--bassadors will host a ribbon-cutting and open house for the new facility at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The building is at 135 Sixth St., directly across from the courthouse annex.

"We're honored to be a part of the whole county complex in downtown Steamboat," White said Monday. "We're really, really excited about our new facility."

County Commissioner Doug Monger said the building housed a mortuary in the early 1980s and recently has been used by several organizations, including the Visiting Nurse Association, First Impressions and the United Way.

The local United Way chapter will remain in the building.

White said the human services department began using the building in late September and has been steadily moving in since.

Increased space and number of rooms will allow clients much more privacy when working with county staff, White said.

Architectural work by Thira Incorporated of Steamboat added improvements such as a new sign over the entrance, landscaping and metal work inside the entry designed to create a more nurturing, community feeling for the facility.

Light refreshments will be served at the open house.

-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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