Trauma. It can change a life forever.
Help us change Trauma to Trust on Giving Hearts Day, February 12, 2015.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch serves children who have experienced or witnessed trauma. Our children have been affected by trauma in multiple ways.
For Darrin (at left, with his family), it was acts of rage and attempted suicides brought on by repeated bullying.
“I am often asked, ‘If there is any one thing in your life you would like to go back and do, what would it be?’ I have always said that I would repeat my time at the Boys Ranch without any hesitation. I have no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t attended the Ranch, I would either be in prison or dead today.” Darrin now works with a company that contracts with the Department of Defense.
Hear Darrin talk about his life: http://youtu.be/DuOEmCDnS4k
For others, like Juanita, it was destructive self-harm when she was sexually abused by a member of her own family.
Juanita struggled with self-worth and blamed herself for what happened–even though she was only a child when the abuse began. What she learned from the caring staff at the Ranch was life-changing: “They told me that I was important and that I could make a difference.” Juanita is now looking forward to her third trip to Africa as a missionary.
Hear Juanita talking about her life: http://youtu.be/Z4M1sIhKGOI
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch uses a Trauma Informed Care treatment approach, which focuses on four primary areas: mental/behavioral health, autism, addiction and sexual responsibility. Our professional staff do not ask the children, “Why are you doing that?” Instead they ask, “What has happened to you?” This helps our staff to understand what our boys and girls are going through, so they can then create treatment and education plans.
Soothing rooms are integrated into both the residential areas and classrooms. One child may learn better if they can stand instead of sit at a desk. Another may need to sit inside a small area to feel safe; still another may need to have a weighted quilt across their lap to soothe them. All these are tools to assist our boys and girls as they work through their trauma and garner coping skills for when they are back with family, friends and the community.
Our children receive help from professional and highly-trained staff and
educators, but we can only provide our boys and girls with the tools they need to succeed in the name of Christ because of generous gifts from our donor-friends. The need is great.
Please help us to bridge the gap
from trauma to trust.
Give generously February 12, 2015, at impactgiveback.org.