We are in uncharted territory.
Although we are likely to start sentences with "it's like of like" or "I remember when," the reality is that the COVID-19/Coronovirus pandemic is a new reality for the entire world.
Here at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, we, like everyone else, are navigating one day, and sometimes one minute, at a time.
Our first priority is the safety and security of the vulnerable children who come here for healing. We are also very concerned about managing the situation well for our tremendous staff. And, of course, as responsible "employer citizens" we want to do well for our community. As part and parcel, we are all learning new language..."self-quarantine," "social-distancing," and the like.
We will continue to provide all services expected from the Ranch during this time. COVID-19 did not wipe out the trauma or pain that our children are suffering. In fact, in some cases, the changes in schedule and activities actually exacerbate the anxiety and fear our kids live with every day. Most of the world is on edge about the virus. Imagine if you are a child, with little control over what happened in the past, and now this - which no one can control, enters your world. It is so unfair to them to add this to their plates.
Our job is to provide them with all the safety and reassurance we can. We will continue their treatment, their therapy, their clean environment, and provide answers to all the questions they may have. Our Leadership Team is meeting daily to adjust plans and operations.
We are over-communicating. We are suspending travel and all group activities. We are screening all visitors to campus. We are wiping down work surfaces and anything anyone touches.
We are, quite simply, helping at-risk children and their families succeed in the name of Christ. Even with COVID-19.
Your prayers and continued support are critical at this strange time.
In His love,
Joy Ryan, President/CEO
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
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