Each child that arrives at the Ranch is stepping into the best opportunity in their young lives for a chance at a better life and future. Many of the children who come to the Ranch have been abused and traumatized. They need our help. Your faithfulness to these kids gives them the opportunity for healing and hope.
The best way for you to understand the impact you make is to hear stories about our kids. This story came to me in an email from Brooke Thomas, On-Boarding Supervisor on our Bismarck campus.
“Hello, I just wanted to share that we had a past resident, Jade*, visit us on the Western Plains Campus. Jade discharged from Western Plains in March 2020 when he turned 18. He just celebrated his 20th birthday. Jade said he initially struggled after discharge while being a part of the PATH independent living program in Bismarck. But, he was able to figure out what he needed to do to be an independent, successful adult. Jade now resides in Dickinson where he works part-time at Walmart in the electronics section. Jade said that between his two stays he spent a total of 17 months at the Ranch, and that the Ranch made a big impact on his life."
*Name changed to protect confidentiality
I’ve heard it said that at the end of our lives we think less about the stuff we’ve accumulated and more about how we’ve made a difference in the lives of others—how we’ve made the world a better place.
That is what you do every day—make the world a better place by making a difference in the lives of the kids we are blessed to serve.
Thank you for your prayers and support. God bless you!
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
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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.