A Message of Hope – Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Barry Backman has worked at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch for over 18 years. He is a Youth Care Worker Team Lead, and works, along with his team, directly with the kids. As parents, most of us need to live through about seven teenage years. Barry has stood by at-risk teens for 18+ years, helping them discover their best selves.Barry is a giant of a man. I don’t know for sure how tall he is, but even when I wear high heels, I look a long way up to meet his eyes. He could be physically intimidating, but he’s not. He exudes calm and kindness. For our internal staff newsletter, I asked Barry to share how he helps the Ranch fulfill its mission of “helping at-risk children and their families succeed in the name of Christ.” I wanted to share his words with you. They will give you a true feel for the caliber of people, like Barry, who choose to be Ranchers.

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Back To School – Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Knowing someone is thinking about you means a lot. This is especially true for children on their first day of school. Help our Ranch kids feel supported by writing them a note of encouragement for their first day! Our goal is for each student to receive at least one card.

Follow this link to write your special message: https://www.dakotaranch.org/back-to-school-card/

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a recognized ministry of the NALC. For more information or to partner, please visit: https://www.dakotaranch.org.

Moment of Mission – Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

Belief In The Power of Hope

When it comes to overcoming challenges, Helen Keller (1880-1968) set the bar quite high. She was a lifelong learner, teacher, inspiration. She danced, laughed, wrote, and loved. She was deaf, blind, and had great difficulty speaking.

And, she changed the world and the way we view the potential of those with special needs. Her teacher and best friend, Anne Sullivan, who was herself blind and parentless, instilled a sense of hope in the young Helen. Anne had a persistent hope that guided Helen into her future.

Helen said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

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