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 http://whyweridefilm.com.

The premiere of “Why We Ride” to support Abbott House and its Helping With Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program — SOLD OUT

The kick  off our 75th Anniversary with the South Dakota premiere of the award winning documentary file “Why We Ride” on Thursday, January 30, a was a HUGE success!  Thank you to all the people who supported this great project for Abbott House girls.

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

Vyas Family Bridges Home Ribbon Cutting

The Vyas Family Bridges Home was opened November 1, 2013. Shortly after the opening six girls moved into the home to live as a family with a married couple.  Still more girls are finishing their treatment program and want to have a family to call their own.


Our Sympathy goes out to the family of Crystal Schulz

Crystal Schulz

Crystal Schulz


Crystal worked at the Abbott House for more than 1 1/2 years as a teaching counselor.  Crystal grew up in the Mitchell area.  She found a special connection with the girls here and spent her time helping them believe in themselves.  Crystal touched the lives of girls and our staff members on a daily basis.  She will be missed.



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.

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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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