2017 HWH Motorcycle Rebuild Project is Underway!

Abbott House girls working to leave a “Legacy” behind

This year’s Helping With Horsepower bike rebuild project has started. Indian Motorcycle graciously donated a 2015 Indian Scout to be this year’s project. Pam Kermisch of Polaris Industries, Inc. said “Indian Motorcycle is proud to support Helping with Horsepower. We are excited to see the transformation of the Indian Scout and hear the stories about how the experience helped the young women involved. Of course, we’re also looking forward to the Indian Scout helping to raise big funds for the Abbott House.”

The girls have named the bike “Legacy” and determined that “Legacy” will have a patriotic design. The young lady who created the bike name said “I have always wanted to leave a legacy behind, and I was thinking the bike would be legacy for all of the girls who have been at the Abbott House.”  Laura Klock, HWH director and project coordinator, has ‘set up shop’ in the Abbott House.  The girls have learned about the tools they will use to help Legacy heal.  They are in the process of selecting Legacy’s new look including new handle bars, fenders, and the seat.  To purchase tickets for Legacy click here.

Win Two Motorcycles

The winner of the this year’s Abbott House Helping with HorsepowerTM Motorcycle Rebuild raffle will be double lucky — because this year’s project includes TWO redesigned Harley-Davidson motorcycles! If you already have a motorbike then you might take this as the perfect opportunity to how do you find out how much your motorbike is worth? Especially if you get your hands on these two beauties.

The two bikes, named “Second Chances” by the girls, are 2000 and 2004 Harley Davidson Sportsters with low mileage and lots of personality. You will need to look into getting motorcycle insurance before riding one of these beauties though!

We chose these bikes because we wanted them to represent the way the girls feel and the work Abbott House does, Laura Klock, VP of Klock Werks and Helping with Horsepower™ founder, said.

These bikes are very strong on the inside (had great motors), but they were scratched up, dirty, and “rough around the edges” on the outside. At first when the girls looked at the bikes, they wondered what was really wrong with them. But once they looked more closely they recognized that just because the motors appeared to be good, doesn’t mean they didn’t need some work.

The bikes could represent “twins” or best friends, opposites, family, or even “double trouble”, but one theme beyond our foundation of teamwork began to stick. Seeing the two motorcycles together is a powerful reminder for the girls that “you are not alone.” “Second Chances” was chosen as the name for the two bikes because an Abbott House girls said, “We can all relate. We are torn down, emotions tangled, abandoned, but then we get saved, given another chance to rebuild ourselves, to be stronger than before, just like these bikes.”

Two bikes, designed and given away as a set, are a reminder to the Abbott House girls and to the world, that we are never alone

Industry-leading companies who have stepped up to support the 2015 “Second Chances” Helping with Horsepower™ project are motorcycle shop sponsors KlockWerks Kustom Cycles and J & L Harley Davidsonwho have donated a portion of the motorcycle costs, parts, and maintenance support. Local sponsors include Helping With Horsepower, Klock Werks, Liquid Designz, Avera Queen of Peace, Iverson Chrysler, POET Biorefining, Boyd Financial Services, Home Federal, the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Graham Oil. Other sponsors include PPG, AVON Tyres, Vance and Hines, Kuryakyn, RSD, Biltwell, and more!

Tickets are 1 for $20 or 6 for $100…One ticket gives you the opportunity to win BOTH bikes! We’ll be drawing the winner during Christmas at the Palace on November 23rd in Mitchell. Purchase tickets here by noon on November 23rd.


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My Fishing Pond

Abbott House girls spent the morning fishing in Bridgewater at My Fishing Pond ran by John Alvarez. They had a blast. Vern Eide of Mitchell sponsors this event for the girls and sends employees to help the girls bate and catch their fish. Vern Eide also provides lunch for the girls and its nothing less than a great time. The girls get to relax and do something some of them have never done before or some get to repeat these memories. We want to thank John Alvarez, Joe, Andrea, Adam, and Jesse from Vern Eide for their help and also Vern Eide of Mitchell for providing the lunch!

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Helping with Horsepower 2015 Sponsors


Want to have a chance at being a lucky winner of our 2015 Helping with Horsepower Motorcycle Project? Not only are you getting a chance to win a pair of Harley Davidson Sportsters, but you are also supporting a great cause. All proceeds go back to Abbott House girls. Purchase tickets here by noon on November 23, 2015.



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Be the first to see the bike unveil of this years’ Helping with Horsepower Project. The event will take place at J&L Harley Davidson in Sioux Falls, SD from 7pm-9pm April 16th, 2015. For more information you can visit



April is Child Abuse Awareness Month~

It only takes one person to change a child’s life…for the better or the worse. Every child matters! Here at Abbott House we are raising awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month by putting blue ribbons on every tree on our campus for the month of April.

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Hollywood Comes to Sioux Falls

The award winning documentary file “Why We Ride” was shown  at J & L Harley Davidson in Sioux Falls raising more than $2,000 for the Abbott House girls in Mitchell.  The proceeds from the showing will support the launch of our third Helping with Horsepower bike rebuild program designed to teach life skills to the girls at Abbott House.


“Why We Ride” is an inspiring documentary film that shares the passion of motorcycle riding and shows the camaraderie of the friends and families who ride together.  It’s a celebration of the motorcycling community, as told by racers, riders, pioneers, and parents involved in the sport, including Mitchell’s own Brian and Laura Klock, their daughters Erika and Karlee, and Abbott House!

The Helping with Horsepower bike rebuild program is shown in the film.  The program provides 40 Abbott House girls, ages 7 to 17, new hands-on problem-solving skills as they design, repair, and customize a damaged motorcycle.  It assists girls in attaining greater self-confidence and moves them to more action and success.  The focus of the program is to impart important life lessons, including:  you can repair and rebuild anything in your life with the right tools and inspiration.

View a trailer of the movie and learn more about Why We Ride at http://whyweridefilm.com.why-we-ride-poster

Larson Foundation gives $100,000 Matching Grant

The Larson Foundation of Brookings, SD has provided the Abbott House with a $100,000 matching grant to complete its second Bridges Home.  This home, like the Vyas Family Bridges Home, will provide a family and a home for six South Dakota girls ages 12 to 17 and two independent living apartments for girls ages 18 to 23.  Abbott House has already received two 410,000 matching gifts, but needs to raise an additional $60,000 to obtain the Larson Foundation matching gift.  A total of $168,000 still needs to be raised to avoid payments for the home.   If you would like to double your gift and leave a permanent mark on the lives of South Dakota girls, please give to this house.

75th Anniversary Celebration Features Billy Mills

The Abbott House 75th Anniversary Celebration also features Olympic Gold Medalist and native South Dakotan Billy Mills and Abbott House alumni and girls.  Tickets are $10 or $45 can be purchased by calling 605-996-2486.  Mills will share his story of beating the odds and becoming a success despite being orphaned when he was 12 years old.  Mills is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Olympic Gold Medal run in 2014 as well.

Mills was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Although Pine Ridge is very rich in culture and spirit, it is continually recognized economically as one of the poorest communities in America with unemployment reaching 80%.

After being orphaned, Mills was sent to boarding schools and graduated high school at Haskell Indian School. He became involved in distance running and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas. Never winning a major race in track and field or cross country, Mills continued to show promise by his performances, making All American seven times. Upon graduation from the University of Kansas, Mills was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps., and continued training for the Olympic Team. He made the Olympic team in two events, the marathon and the 10,000 meter run. He had trained his body, mind and soul for “Peak Performance.” And the world was about to see the greatest upset in Olympic history unfold when he won the Olympic Gold Medal in 10,000 meters in the 1964 Olympics.