The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province awarded $1,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to replace outdated appliances in Butt Cottage, which houses girls ages 10-14 on our Minot campus.
The children in our care often come from unstable, even harmful environments. At the Ranch, we strive to make our cottages feel as home-like as possible, which includes comfy furniture, cozy furnishings, and opportunities for our kids to cook as they would at home.
The gift from the School Sisters of Notre Dame will give the girls in Butt Cottage access to a working kitchen. Group baking and preparing meals plays an important role in healing, giving kids at the Ranch “normal” life experiences that allow them to develop independent living skills and relationship-building skills.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christ-centered residential treatment and education center for children and their families. The Ranch helps the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where staff look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves. In addition to Residential Treatment Facilities in Fargo, Bismarck, and Minot, the Ranch provides Outpatient Psychiatric and Psychological Services, and Spiritual Life Programs. The Ranch’s on-campus school, Dakota Memorial School (DMS), provides a personalized education for kids who have psychiatric, behavioral, and trauma issues.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame was founded in Germany in 1833. Their mission is to proclaim the good news, directing their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. They work to transform the world through education with the belief that education extends beyond the classroom.