Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received $5,000 from Basin Electric Power Cooperative to support safety upgrades on its Bismarck campus. Specifically, funds will be used to update the fire alarm system.
Children at the Ranch often come from unstable, even harmful environments, so one of the first priorities is to meet their basic needs for safety, security, and belonging. Children cannot heal if their needs are not met at this basic level. The safety of clients and staff is a top priority at the Ranch. Physical environments are as much a part of client healing as the medical care, education, and treatment they receive.
The grant from Basin Electric will help create a safer living environment for the at-risk children served by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch as they heal from the effects of trauma.
Basin Electric Charitable Giving Coordinator Jennifer Holen says the donation is one way the cooperative can extend a helping hand. “Basin Electric is committed to supporting the communities in which its members and employees live and work. The Charitable Giving Program donations are dispersed to charities throughout Basin Electric’s nine-state service territory, which includes our community in Bismarck. We are proud to support Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch with this donation that will go towards purchasing vital safety equipment for the facility,” Holen says.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christ-centered residential treatment and educational center for children. Our dedicated employees help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves. Our on-campus school, Dakota Memorial School (DMS), provides personalized education for kids who have psychiatric, behavioral, and trauma issues.