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Provider partners see updated design plans

More than 20 people representing several of the organizations that will serve guests at OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing attended the first provider meeting of the new year on Jan. 22.

Lead architect Patri Acevedo of JLG Architects thanked the providers for all their input in the design process before presenting updated plans for the future transformation campus on Kansas City Street, starting with the main provider building where most partner agencies will have work space.

One of those providers is Community Health Center of the Black Hills, which will operate an urgent care clinic on campus. The clinic will have its own separate entrance, but Acevedo noted that Community Health officials explicitly requested that staff breakrooms, for example, not be separate from those used by OneHeart staff and other on-site providers.

“It really sets the tone,” Acevedo told attendees, adding that providers already are promoting a sense of community.

The lower level of the main provider building will feature a large amount of flexible space for classes, trainings, and spiritual purposes. Blueprints include a kitchen that could double as a “teaching” kitchen.

The secondary provider building, which lies between the main provider building and the residential towers, appears on the outside to be in good condition, but Acevedo said in reality it needs considerable work. She told attendees that the City of Rapid City has been great to work with in dealing with some of the problem areas at that site.

The YMCA will provide childcare to the littlest OneHeart guests in the secondary provider building; and, budget permitting, a social enterprise space – likely a small coffee shop – would take up residence in that facility as well.

While the rooms in the residential towers require minimal updates, the entryway will be remodeled to account for accessibility issues and security features. The lobby area also will be made more open, improving visibility for OneHeart staff stationed there.

“The sense of safety and security is important to us,” Acevedo said.

Construction is scheduled to start on the campus this summer. It will mark a major milestone in a years-long process for those working on the project and supporting it in various ways. Acevedo herself was part of the very first class of Emerging Leaders who started the fellowship program in 2016 to contribute to Collective Impact efforts.

"Back then, we had no clue of what it could be," she said.


Below: A digital blueprint of OneHeart's main provider building, courtesy of JLG Architects.

PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT: Career Learning Center of the Black Hills

The Career Learning Center of the Black Hills is part of the Education and Workforce Development Division of Black Hills Special Services Cooperative.
The mission of the CLCBH is to empower individuals to become self-sufficient through education, training and employment.
Through a variety of workforce development programs, the CLCBH provides career counseling, support and instruction for individuals to develop and pursue their career pathway goals. These efforts are accomplished in partnership and collaboration with countless community-based organizations and post-secondary providers. CLCBH has provided education, training, and job placement services with a focus on at-risk populations for more than three decades.

There are several programs housed at the CLCBH, one of which is Adult Education for individuals 18 and older providing GED® preparation, adult basic education for individuals preparing for the entrance exam into a college or university, and English as a Second Language for individuals whose first language is not English. Black Hills Special Services Cooperative has successfully competed for the Adult Education grant for over 30 years. The CLCBH has carried out the requirements of the grant and has consistently met or exceeded performance.
BHSSC will provide information on several other programs at the OneHeart campus, including Birth to Three, Benefits Specialist, Statewide Family Engagement Center, Project SEARCH and the Farmworker Jobs Program. F
or more information on the Career Learning Center, go to

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Meet Nicole Sayler-Yuhas
The new year started off with an important new hire for our team.

Human Resources Manager Nicole Sayler-Yuhas was born and raised in Rapid City. Her professional experience includes more than 20 years working for government and non-profit organizations.

When she's not putting her HR and financial skills to good use for OneHeart, Nicole enjoys fishing, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.


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