Abbott House Kicks Off Community Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                            February 4, 2020

                                                                                                CONTACT:

                                                                                                 Virginia Wishard Lambert

                                                                                                 (605) 996-2486, ext. 120

Abbott House Kicks Off Community Campaign

to Complete Foster Homes Construction

Rapid City, S.D. –  Abbott House is looking for individuals, businesses and corporations who want to help provide a home and a family for foster children in Rapid City.  Today Abbott House kicked off the community portion of its $3 million capital campaign with a gift from the employees of Hart Ranch’s Spring Creek Grille.  The goal of the community campaign is to raise the remaining $300,000 needed to complete the construction of the second foster home and independent living apartments.  Gifts of all sizes are being accepted.

            “The employees have a tip jar and collect tips throughout the year. At the end of the year, employees determine which nonprofit to give it to. This year it was split between Abbott House and Club for Boys,” said Tim Schnabel, Resort Manager. The total of the gift was $1,738.50.

The $3 million capital campaign, which began in May 2019, will support the construction of two Bridges by Abbott House therapeutic foster homes.  Each home will have six bedrooms with one designated to serve boys ages 10 to 17 and another designated for girls ages 10 to 17. These homes will provide expanded “close to home” foster care to children and to their families in the Black Hills region. In addition, each home will include independent living apartments for supported living environments for those young adults 18 years and older. Two double occupancy apartments will be made available to females; two 2-bedroom apartments will be for young men.

            “Foundations, corporations and individuals have come forward to help us with construction costs for the first home, but we still need $300,000 to finance our construction costs,” Eric Klooz, Abbott House Executive Director, said.  “People in the Rapid City community have been so supportive of our services.  They recognize the need for foster care and they have responded.  Now we need everyone to consider how they can help us finish this project.”  One time gifts of any amounts and pledges of three to five years are also an option. 

Abbott House will honor all of its donors for this campaign and other 2019 projects during its annual donor event in Rapid City on April 28.  To get tickets for this event or make a gift to the Bridges by Abbott House therapeutic foster home project, please go to www.abbotthouse.org or contact the Abbott House at 605.996.2486.

 Abbott House provides residential treatment services for girls ages seven to seventeen who have suffered trauma and abuse.  Children come to Abbott House with physical and emotional scars and the tragic burden of being disregarded. Without help, many of these young children perpetuate the cycle of violence and punish themselves indefinitely for the tragedy that was placed on their shoulders. In 2002 Abbott House began providing therapeutic foster care for children ages 10 to 17. The Bridges therapeutic foster care program was expanded in Mitchell in 2013-2014.  Then in 2016-2017, two therapeutic foster homes were opened in the Black Hills region and serve approximately 45 foster youth annually.  For more information about Abbott House, please contact Eric Klooz or Virginia Wishard Lambert at (605) 996-2486.

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Abbott House is a private charity that provides residential treatment services to youth between the age of 7 and 23 years old. The agency provides intensive treatment, foster care and independent living services in Mitchell and Rapid City, South Dakota.  The Abbott House is truly dedicated to providing premier services for youth and families.

 Abbott House / 909 Court Merrill / Mitchell, S.D. / 57301-0700 / (605) 996-2486 / www.abbotthouse.org