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Kelly Jacob Joins Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch as Spiritual Life Coordinator

Kelly Jacob Joins Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch as Spiritual Life Coordinator

Deaconess Kelly Jacob recently joined Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch as Spiritual Life Coordinator. In her new position, Jacob cares for the spiritual needs of the residents of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot, ND, through the presentation of the Gospel, scriptural mentoring, moral guidance, and community involvement.…

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch awarded three-year CARF accreditation

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch awarded three-year CARF accreditation

The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF) announced that Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch has been accredited for a period of three years. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.…

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Love Like Peaches and Cream

Love Like Peaches and Cream

My husband came home with walleye after a successful evening on the lake last week. Because he was going out of town the next day, we gave it away to friends who love to eat fish, but can’t seem to catch any! When they returned the cooler, they didn’t think it seemed right to return it empty, so they included a fresh peach. A lonely peach in a blue, soft-sided, promotional cooler seems like a small thing, but it started an avalanche of memories—the first peach of the summer and memories of my dear grandmother.…

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LWML ND District Supports Spiritual Life Program at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

LWML ND District Supports Spiritual Life Program at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received $5,000 from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, North Dakota District to support its Spiritual Life programming. The Spiritual Life Program is a key part of the Ranch’s work to provide hope and healing for troubled children and adolescents. Ranch employees encourage residents to participate in Chapel, Christian education, and Spiritual Life groups, as well as to meet individually with an on-campus Chaplain or Spiritual Life Specialist.…

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Painting a picture

Painting a picture

When people find out I’m a Development Officer, they often think it’s my job to ask everyone I meet for money. It is so much more than that. Yes—I want to gauge our donor’s level of commitment to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, but most of the time it’s all about saying “thank you.” My job is to get to know Ranch donors, thank them, and let them know the impact of their gifts. I like to “paint a picture” of the Ranch by sharing stories about our kids.…

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Are You Making a Difference?

Are You Making a Difference?

As I drove onto the Minot Ranch Campus this morning the sun was shining and the campus grounds looked immaculate as always. I couldn’t help but smile and feel a sense of pride for this amazing agency. I guess I was feeling a little nostalgic, thinking about the many various roles each individual staff plays to keep operations running smoothly across three Ranch residential locations and eight thrift stores. It’s pretty awesome when you think about it; everyone does their small part of God’s work on earth to help the most vulnerable among us—traumatized children.…

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LCMS Awards $1,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Greenhouse Program

LCMS Awards $1,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Greenhouse Program

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received $1,500 from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod through the Walter Ray Meyer Endowment. This donation will be used to support the costs of the Greenhouse Program on the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch campus in Minot. These grant funds are available because Meyer had a desire to connect boys and girls with agriculture.…

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Announces Date of 2018 NYPUM Motorcycle Fun Run

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Announces Date of 2018 NYPUM Motorcycle Fun Run

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will host its annual NYPUM Motorcycle Fun Run on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Event proceeds benefit the National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM), held each summer on the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Minot campus.…

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Dakota Family Services Expands Clinical Team

Dakota Family Services Expands Clinical Team

Kelly Readel, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor is joining Dakota Family Services, Fargo, as a therapist. Beginning July 1, Readel will provide outpatient counseling services to adolescents and young adults, ages 14 to 25 years old, and their families.…

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God's Promises of Strength

God's Promises of Strength

Throughout the Bible, God promises to give us strength. And yet, we are afraid. We fear the storms, we fear change, we fear the unknown. And, because we fear giving up control, we don’t turn to God. He promises to be our strength, but we are too afraid to let go. If this is what we face, imagine what fear is like for the kids at the Ranch. Their fears are deeply entrenched by years of unimaginable traumas, in some cases, caused by the very people who were supposed to love and protect them.…

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