When I don't feel well, I am more emotional, less sensitive to others, and less able to focus on my tasks. This last week has been one of those "not feeling well" weeks. As I pushed through the days, I started thinking about our Ranch kids and the days they push through.
Because of their ongoing struggles (psychiatric diagnoses, trauma, lack of family support, etc.), our kids are "not at their best" much of the time, especially when they first get here.
I can't imagine feeling this way all the time—especially without hope that the emotions, sensitivity, and lack of focus will go away. At least I know this cold will pass and I'll be back to my old self. Our kids don't have that assurance. They often come to the Ranch without hope. They believe the way they feel now will last forever.
We are here to help them change those beliefs. Of course, treatment is complicated. Deep-seated beliefs aren't changed overnight...it takes time and repetition and the constant presence of people who care and have the expertise and knowledge they need to help kids make changes. It takes God's grace and His work through us. And, it takes a lot of work by the kids themselves. It's not easy for anyone to turn towards the pain and work through it.
But we see it every day...our kids face their demons. They make changes that help them feel better and give them a sense of hope. I am so thankful for all those that play a part in that healing and hope.
God bless you always.
Senior Development Officer
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian 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.