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.
The Greenhouse Program is a valuable component of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. It contributes to practical education, fosters responsibility, and builds skills in children at the Ranch. Working in the greenhouse serves as a “therapeutic tool” to children who may not have had the opportunity to tend plants. Children can cultivate skills in this garden setting, and some even find a passion for horticulture and gardening.
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has more than 2.3 million baptized members in more than 6,100 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. In the last five years, the LCMS has awarded more than $35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster response.
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. 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.