DAKOTA BOYS AND GIRLS RANCH

Rating: 4 stars   1 review

Issues: Human Services

Location: 6301 19 Ave NW Minot ND 58703 USA

Mission: THE RANCH OFFERS RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES ACROSS NORTH DAKOTA FOR YOUTH WHO ARE EXPERIENCING SEVERE EMOTIONAL ISSUES, DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFICULTIES, AND OTHER DISORDERS. HOLISTIC CARE FOR EACH CHILD IS PROVIDED THROUGH APPROPRIATE THERAPY, EDUCATION AND A VOLUNTARY SPIRITUAL LIFE PROGRAMMING.
Results: The Ranch is accredited through CARF, our Dakota Memorial Schools on our campuses in Minot, Bismarck and Fargo are NCA-CASI accredited, and we have more than 500 staff in our programs, foundation and thrift stores. We have served nearly 30,000 children and families since our start in 1952 and served children from 36 states.
Target demographics: We serve children, who are ages 10-17 in psychiatric residential treatment facilities in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot; and also in residential child care facilities in Fargo and Minot. We have a safe home in Fargo which serves children ages 5-17.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Children in our facilities. Numbers of residents varies each year. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the Ranch served 867 youth and families.
Geographic areas served: North Dakota, processes available for admission from children out of state.
Programs: Individual, group and family therapy; voluntary spiritual life or Ranch Life; National Youth Project Using Minibikes, Education, Greenhouse, Horse Program, Wellness and other modalities of care.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've worked at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch since 1998. They have truly changed many children's lives. One child loved the Horse Program, and in particular, her horse Itch. This child had issues with anger, stemming from a tough home life. At one point in the summer of 2010, she helped another girl overcome her fear of horses by taking her out to the pasture with a staff-led group, allowing her to pet Itch and to stand beside her all the time. This was a beautiful moment when our resident could feel "success"--something she dearly needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as a servant team staff leader in 2010. Christian church youth visited the Ranch and saw first-hand the fruits of "their labor" to a population that is considered at-risk. They learned so much!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More easily allow other children from outside North Dakota to become residents of our successful programs for at-risk youth.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

What is unique about this organization?

Christian-based mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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