DSHS Yakima Valley School decks the outdoor halls for residents this Christmas season

Release Date: 
Dec 14 2020
DSHS Office of Communications
Lisa Copeland
(360) 902-7844

WHAT:  Along with caring for  residents who have developmental disabilities and being on the front line at a 24/7 long-term care facility during a pandemic, staff at Yakima Valley School in Selah are working like elves to ensure the residents don’t miss out on holiday traditions. One tradition typically includes taking residents to watch the Selah Lighted Christmas Parade.

                YVS is a residential habilitation center that includes a certified nursing facility for DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration clients who have developmental or intellectual disabilities.

This year, because of COVID-19 restrictions and heightened health risks, YVS staff is bringing the parade to Yakima Valley School. Employees and others are adorning a variety of vehicles with lights and decorations. The parade will wind through the campus and residents will enjoy hot chocolate and candy cane ice cream at the parade’s conclusion.


WHY:    The COVID-19 pandemic is hard on everyone. The social isolation individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities are enduring is extremely difficult. Much of their joy comes from interaction with others and they are missing time spent with the community.


WHO:    Residents of Yakima Valley School and numerous YVS staff, along with special guest Santa Claus.


WHEN: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.


WHERE: Yakima Valley School, 609 Speyers Road, Selah, WA  98942


We hope you will join us for this special event! Masks will be available and social-distancing measures will be in place. For more information, contact Kimberly Eglet at (509) 698-1351 or via email at kimberly.eglet@dshs.wa.gov.