Healing Through Art

Healing Through Art

Healing Through Art

At a recent team meeting, we were blessed by several of our students who are taking an art class from our Dakota Memorial School* art teacher, Alana Wentland. After Alana introduced the students, they showed us the things they are creating—watercolor paintings, award-winning photography, sculptures, and soap carvings.

As they told us about their process and their work, their eyes sparkled. They were just so proud they could create something out of nothing. One young man said he has severe arthritis in his hands which makes it difficult for him to write and paint. But he turned the “Dragonfish” he had created in his mind into a sculpture. And it was delightful.

If it weren’t for Ranch friends like you, these kids would not be in a position to flourish and grow. Thank you!

You often ask what our kids are doing, and we love to share. Here are a few of their amazing projects.


You can learn more about what our kids are doing, and how you are making a difference in their lives, through Ranch Voice magazine. All Ranch Voice issues back to 2016 are archived on our website. Click here to start exploring.

Thank you and God bless you!


Tim Unsinn

*Dakota Memorial School is the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. 

P.S. If you would like an in-person visit or would like to just chat with someone about making a difference for our kids, please contact me via phone, text, or email. My contact information is below.

Tim Unsinn, Senior Development Officer
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
Cell: 701-405-4186

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christ-centered residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We 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.

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