The Kiwanis Club of Fargo granted $2,000 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to purchase replacement trees for its Fargo campus to beautify the green spaces available to the kids.
Children who come to the Ranch have suffered extreme neglect, abuse, and trauma. In their time at the Ranch, the kids learn how to regulate their emotions and develop coping skills to deal with the trauma of their pasts.
Having beautiful, well-kept, outdoor spaces for children at the Ranch to collect themselves and calm their thoughts and bodies is important for their healing. The kids at the Ranch live with high levels of stress—they are away from friends and family and working through difficult psychiatric and behavioral issues. Spending time in nature can take them away from the fears and burdens that weigh them down. Having access to beautiful green spaces right where they live and go to school is a beneficial coping skill for many kids at the Ranch.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christ-centered 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. In addition to Residential Treatment Facilities in Fargo, Bismarck, and Minot, the Ranch provides Outpatient Psychiatric and Psychological Services, and Spiritual Life Programs. Our on-campus school, Dakota Memorial School (DMS), provides a personalized education for kids who have psychiatric, behavioral and trauma issues.
The Kiwanis Club of Fargo is a forward-thinking, service driven organization. The Kiwanis Club of Fargo is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Members of the Kiwanis family stage nearly 150,000 service projects, complete 6 million hours of service, and raise nearly $100 million each year for community projects.