Congratulations to Brandon Smith, Rapid City, SD  winner of the 2014 Abbott House Helping With Horsepower Rebuilt Motorcycle



Laura Klock, Karlee Cobb & Nelson on STAR!

Laura Klock, Karlee Cobb and Nelson enjoy STAR, the Abbott House Helping with HorsepowerTM Rebuilt Motorcycle, before the winner was drawn on Saturday, November 15th.   The rebuilt Harley Davidson Road King features a diamond cut motor, vintage side car and customized design by the Abbott House girls.  Congratulations Brandon!  You will look great on this beautiful bike!

  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.


 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.

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 Poster(small)

“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


Welcome to Abbott House

Abbott House is a private charity that provides residential treatment services to girls between the age of seven and seventeen. Located in Mitchell, South Dakota, the agency was founded in 1939 as a memorial to renowned social activist, Grace Abbott. The agency provides not only intensive treatment but also foster care in a therapeutic home. The Abbott House is truly dedicated to providing services to children and families that promote personal development and foster responsible participation with others.

Get Involved

From monetary donations to hands-on volunteers, Abbott House relies on the generosity of others to help carry out its mission. We invite you to learn more about how you can help us better the lives of the children we serve…

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