Abbott House kicks off community campaign to complete foster homes construction
Abbott House has been a staple in the Mitchell community for over 80 years. 5 years ago, Abbott House came to Rapid City to expand their work helping traumatized youth. Work is being done, but now they need more support from the community.
Abbott House provides residential treatment services for children ages seven to seventeen who have suffered trauma and abuse. Without help, many of these children sustain the cycle of violence and punish themselves for the devastation that was placed on their shoulders.
Jim Scull, Abbott House Committee Chair of Fundraising, says, “These kids face, you know, abandonment issues and being not part of … being bumped from home to home, you know, trying to find a space where they can survive and thrive and life a life of seemingly somewhat normalcy.”
In 2016-2017, two therapeutic foster homes were opened in the Black Hills. But the need for these types of homes is so great, Abbott House is building 2 more houses with multiple living space attached for those coming out of the foster care program.
The 3-million-dollar capital campaign, which began in May 2019, will support the construction of two Bridges by Abbott House therapeutic foster homes.
Now, $300,000 is needed to pay off the houses being built as well as more set aside in an endowment to allow the children to grow and participate in the community. Donating is a way community members can be a part of the healing for many children.
“I just like helping kids … it’s a tough way to go when you don’t have anybody in your life that loves you or cares for you and when you think deep in your heart about that, you say man, I can’t even imagine that, what would that be like,” says Scull.
Securing a brighter future for the children in need is the ultimate goal for those involved.
Jacqueline Sly, Abbott House Board of Directors “If they can help us build that house, then the parents that are living there and the kids that are there, they will make it into a home. But we need the house first and that is why we are asking for people to donate to make that possible.”
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