Our thanks to Beaverhead Brewing Company for their generous support of YBGR.
Downtown Dillon hosted a block party in June with games for kids at Depot Park, a BBQ at the Branding Iron, and live music at the Beaverhead Brewing Company. All proceeds of the Pint Night and BBQ sales went to support YBGR community based services in Dillon.
Youth at YBGR get to work with cattle and horses.
Mary connected with a horse named Shiloh. She says they picked each other because they are both kind.
Mary was removed from her home because of her parents’ drug use. She was in three different institutions before coming to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. Mary’s father passed away just last year, but with equine therapy, she is calmer and doing much better.
YBGR is able to give youth the chance to work with cattle and horses because of generous donor support. The Ranch receives no government funding for these programs.
Yellowstone offers Vocational-Agriculatural and Horse programs because they work! Thanks to your continuing support.
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New this spring, Vocational Education teacher, Jim Klempel, introduced eight new honeybee hives to YBGR. Classes assembled the bee boxes, painted them and set them up in a small field adjoining campus. Throughout the summer, kids will learn the fundamentals of beekeeping and care for the hives.
Klempel and his students put on bee suits to work at the hives with bees buzzing all around. “It’s a quick lesson in respecting Mother Nature. No one likes the pinch of a bee sting.” he says.
Next summer will be even more exciting when the kids will learn to extract honey from the hives and sell their honey products to the public.
When Alesia Fowler’s 4-year old foster son got in trouble at preschool, Alexia sat him close to her until he had calmed down – a therapeutic technique called “time-in” – and then began to talk. She asked if something was bothering him. “At first he said no,” Alesia said. “Then he was able to process what was making him act and react in a negative way . . . He said he was afraid of losing us. I reminded him, ‘I will love you forever,’ just to reassure him,” said Alisia.
Alesia and her husband, Steve Fowler, are part of Yellowstone’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program and took in a brother and sister at ages 18 months and 2 1/2, diagnosed with serious emotional problems. The Fowlers thought it would be a short-term placement, but are in the process of adopting both children, now ages 3 and 4.
Kim Chouinard, Executive Director of YBGR Community Based Services, praises couples like the Fowlers for opening their homes and hearts to some of the most emotionally fragile children. “They come with many challenges,” Chouinard said of foster children, “but over time they can start to emotionally reattach. It takes those heroes to get through the storm with them. The other side of that storm is pretty magical.”
To read the full story about the Fowlers, please visit the Billings Gazette. To learn more about Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program, contact Tracey Lujan at 406-222-6490.
Celebrating 60 years of faith, hope and love, the Robbie Chapel on the YBGR campus hosted a fundraising event in April to support Yellowstone’s Spiritual Life Program.
The event shared with Yellowstone donors and friends the special matching gift opportunity this year that will help build a Spiritual Life Endowment to ensure the Spiritual Life Program is helping heal children through faith for the next 60 years.
To learn more about the Spiritual Life Endowment Matching Gift opportunity or to contribute, please contact Yellowstone Foundation at 406-656-8772 or email kurtA@yellowstonefoundation.org
Visit our Video page to watch the presentation: An Enduring Legacy of Faith, Hope & Love. We would be happy to share this video presentation with your church or faith-based group.
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch often exceeds its goal of helping troubled youth and succeeds in saving a child that would otherwise have no home, no hope, no family and no future.
One such child was Dennis. Press the play icon below for a heartfelt story of one child’s journey from fear and abandonment to love and adoption.