Karen was born and raised in Idaho and is a wonderful wife and mother to 5 of her own children and 2 adopted children. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, providing service to others, and traveling to exotic places around the world to experience other countries and cultures. Karen completed her BBA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Technology from Idaho State University. Aside from managing EIYH, Karen has had a successful career in Information Technology and has worked at the INL and other local businesses. She is a licensed real estate agent/investor and has a love for construction and renovating homes. Karen current passion is overseeing the day-to-day operations of East Idaho Youth Homes and the company’s expanding vision. Throughout her years as a licensed foster parent, Karen dreamed of being able to provide opportunities for marginalized youth on a larger scale. This brought upon the idea of East Idaho Youth Homes; a much-needed resource for Idaho’s youth ages 10-23. As the chief administrator of this rapidly growing company, Karen works closely with leaders from around the community to provide services for these youth. Although East Idaho Youth Homes is a younger company, It has obtained an international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as well as becoming a Qualified Residential Treatment Facility (QRTP). The EIYH program has successfully established four residential treatment facilities in the greater Idaho Falls area that has provided opportunities and resources to over 300 marginalized youth in since January 2020.
Rebekah Clay is the Case Manager at Canyon Cottage for East Idaho Youth Homes. She was married in February 2022 and moved to Idaho Falls in April 2022 with her partner and three chihuahua mix puppies. In her free time she enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, 4-wheeling, boating, etc. She love being outdoors. She has a firm belief that “You get what you put in." If you want to have a good experience in life, you will do the work it takes to have that experience. Yes, life happens but it is what you choose to make of it that makes the difference. Twenty+ years of experience in working with children and young adults in various capacities including behavior intervention, child care, teaching, career services, job exploration, managing housing, prepping for adulthood, etc. Those years of service have been with organizations such as University of Texas at Arlington, University of Portland, Azusa Pacific University, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Arizona State University, Progressive Behavior Systems, Hagerman Joint School District - Idaho, Buhl School District – Idaho, Kindercare Inc., Little Lambs Preschool and Daycare, Lake Mary School for Exceptional Children, Riverside Service Group, and now East Idaho Youth Homes. Ten+ years of fundraising and event planning experience helping to raise over $500,000 for the Arlington Life Shelter in grants, helping to plan and execute a $6,000,000 capital campaign for the same shelter, planning fundraising events and galas for anywhere from 15 individuals to over 1,000 individuals for multiple organizations,and currently, the last 8+ months implementing change to better accommodate the children that she is serving in our community, providing them with tools they need for managing their coping skills, teaching them daily living skills, connecting them with community resources and working together with our team to provide the best care we can for them.
She learned very early on in life the importance of helping others and how special it makes them feel and return how it made her feel better. From then on, it has always been her life’s mission to help. The “Pay it Forward” mantra if you will. If she can help even just one person and they pay it forward,then she feels she has done her job. After that, the rest is just bonus. She'll never stop trying to make others’ lives better.

& of course, our Direct Care Staff

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