Abbott House Promotes Safety and Security

PIERRE –The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $20,000 South Dakota Fund grant to Abbott House in Mitchell.  Funds will provide partial support to upgrade their existing security system.

“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.”

Abbott House is home to girls’ ages 7 through 17 most of whom have suffered severe abuse, neglect and trauma in their young lives. It is imperative that these girls feel safe and secure in their surroundings as they start their healing process. The purpose of the security system is not to keep children inside the facility but rather serves as reassurance to the children and youth residing there that outsiders cannot enter the building at any given time.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with Abbott House as they work to ensure the safety and security of their facility”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “We commend them on providing a safe environment where girls have time to process all their life experiences.”

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