Syringa House Going Dark at Month's-End 

click to enlarge Syringa House opened in Nampa in 1987 and expanded in 2007. - NORTHWESTCHILDRENSHOME.ORG
  • Syringa House opened in Nampa in 1987 and expanded in 2007.

A home away from home, serving adolescent Idaho girls for nearly three decades, is shutting its doors at the end of the month.

The Northwest Children's Home nonprofit opened Syringa House in Nampa in 1987 and expanded to serve up to 24 girls, ages 9 to 18, in 2007. That's where caregivers helped girls who struggled with personal trauma and took referrals from private parties as well as the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections.

The bottom line is that officials with the Northwest Children's Home, headquartered in Lewiston, said it cost too much money to operate the Nampa facility, telling the Idaho Press-Tribune earlier this month that the home "struggled financially" and the board of directors elected to close the Syringa House program by the end of the year.

Syringa House officials said they're spending December finding alternatives for the Nampa home's current residents, but KTVB-TV reports, other than a facility in Lewiston,"there are no other places exactly like Syringa House that serve only girls between the ages of 11 through 17 in the state."

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