Letter from a child
The children at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch enjoy helping others. This year once again, the children are writing Letters to Santa to assist Macy’s in their “A Million Reasons to Believe” campaign for Make-a-Wish.
We thought you’d enjoy reading some of those letters. It shows how kids in treatment facilities care about what’s going on in their world and in the lives of others–not just themselves. It shows how much they care.
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22 (NIV)
Who knows when the first breath of Autumn rolls over the Prairies to finally insert itself into the Valley? Wind clouds move swiftly over the flatlands and voila’, it’s Autumn!
Only God knows of that exact moment, to be sure, but we are the fortunate recipients of color no artist seems to be able to duplicate exactly as it is.
Changes in the weather may mean our attitudes also change–for the better if we like the Valley’s venerable seasons, for each season brings it’s own hopefulness tagging along. Look to the leaves that dance and fly with the Autumn winds. Who but God could possibly be behind such glory? For those who are not among the four-season enthusiasts, keep in mind that there is indeed a time for every season, a beginning, an end, but perhaps most, a chance to rise to the challenge.
Heading Home…an event for the children at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is hosting “Heading Home…an event for the children at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch” Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Holiday Inn.
Why “Heading Home?” Well, we’re all on our way somewhere, right?
For children at the Ranch, who don’t have, or can not return to, a home, they also are on their way somewhere–to a foster home, a group home, or maybe, back to their own home.
Our event will help to raise funds to augment building on the Fargo Campus, including a Chapel, gymnasium and cafeteria. With caring staff and complete facilities, the children who reside with us will have everything they need at their “home away from home.”
And for the rest of us who believe, we’re ultimately Heading Home to our Lord, Jesus Christ, the best “Home” of all.
For D-Day, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch honors those who gave all and those who are still with us. Join us by visiting this site: http://www.army.mil/d-day/
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Police vehicles lead and follow the Sandbag Convoys, indicating the seriousness of their mission.
There is something both reassuring and daunting about seeing the sandbag convoys.
Reassuring because we know “Fargo’s got this.” Fargo officials are seasoned vets of the Red River Valley floods–historically seasoned.
Daunting, because, ”here we go again.” KVLY responded with a piece called, ”Red River Resilience Helps Reduce Flood Anxiety.”
Yes, we push through, as one of our kids in residential treatment in Fargo recently commented on an unusually “bad” day. We push through to help others, collaborate, solve problems and walk out victorious.
Sandbag convoys, Sandbag Central, loads of volunteers, neighbors pitching in–all these are ways we feel less alone.
There is ONE who knows before we do what will happen. God didn’t promise that we wouldn’t be without problems and trials, but He did promise He’d be with us–no matter what.
“Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Significant traumas have occured this past week in the United States.
Volunteers and heroes, large and small are making a difference–even the furry kind.
The Comfort Dogs were deployed on a mission to Boston, and are trusting and loyal “warm fuzzies” to kids and adults-alike.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch residents often experience trauma in their lives prior to being referred as a resident in our psychiatric residential treatment programs. Our comfort animals are the horses, who work with the children in several programs at the Ranch. We call them our Equine Angel Horses.
Because of the traumas our children have witnessed or experienced, they are sad and hurting, sometimes acting out. So many times we’ve seen the kids transformed around our horses. The children tell us time and again that the horses can make a day feel better, make everything seem like it might be okay, and give them hope for another day.
So just as the nation began to heal with its first act of kindness and heroism after the Boston Marathon bombing and the fire in West, Texas, we also applaud those who send the Comfort Dogs on treks across the nation.
There is beauty in it
Snow. Last year we had hardly enough to wet a road. This year it seems not to end. But…there is beauty in it. Glance at the photo here and it could be a forested and snowy region of Glacier National Park. So, for valley-people like us, we can at the very least, imagine another landscape, and appreciate the beauty in that. Flood waters will rise. We’ll once again meet the challenge, and Spring will come.
First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus -
So you’re wondering what Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is all about?
Many of you know about our wonderful Thrift Stores located statewide and in Dilworth, Minn., but you may not have known that the Thrift Stores were established as a way for the Ranch to fund programs for at-risk children, while also offering low-cost, high-quality goods to the community, AND we also provide a smart way to recycle!
The mission of DBGR: We help at-risk children and their families succeed in the name of Christ.
A great first visit to “the Ranch” would be to watch our “Everyone’s Child” video. It tells about just who we serve and why.