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Safety is a Top Priority

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“When children come to Abbott House it is often the first time in their life they have been able to feel safe, so having a quality security system is really important,” Eric Klooz, Abbott House Executive Director said.   “This new system includes internal and external cameras, a security scanning system and 24-hour access to video playback if needed.  This type of security is essential for our work.”

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Putting the Emphasis on Mental Health

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“The Community Innovation Grant is a game-changer for Lost & Found’s campus mental health research programs, starting with an assessment of student mental health needs at South Dakota State University”, said Erik Muckey, President, The Lost & Found Association.

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The Power of a Horse

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Therapeutic horseback riding has been shown to teach many life skills, build confidence, balance, core strength, responsibility, connection and trust. The Helping with Horsepower SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Program serves children and adults with special needs and disabilities as well as at risk youth in Mitchell and surrounding communities.

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Partnering to Increase Well-being and Safety

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“Funds from the Community Innovation Grant will be essential to drive improvements and behavioral changes in our students who are struggling at the highest level to cope with pressures and stresses outside of the school walls”, said Rick Pearson, 6-8 Principal, Chamberlain School District.
 

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Social Enterprise Initiative

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Thunder Valley’s mission through the Social Enterprise Initiative is to create an inclusive, sustainable economy built on locally rooted and broadly held ownership that improves economic security and well-being in communities on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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Homeownership in Native Communities

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“As we enter our fifth year, the SD Native Homeownership Coalition is thrilled to have the ongoing support of the South Dakota Community Foundation”, said Tawney Brunsch, Executive Director, Lakota Funds and executive committee member, SD Native Homeownership Coalition.

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