75th Anniversary Helping with Horsepower Rebuilt Bike

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Star in progressAbbott House unveiled its 75th Anniversary Helping With Horsepower rebuilt motorcycle and announced a matching grant gift for the new Bridges home by Abbott House at 1810 N. Minnesota. The matching grant will help complete the Bridges transitional living home. Tours of the unfinished home and the Vyas Family Bridges home will be available.

The rebuilt Harley Davidson Road King features a diamond cut motor, vintage side car and customized design by the Abbott House girls.

This event is the second in the Abbott House 75th Anniversary Year. The 75th Anniversary Celebration and drawing for the motorcycle will be held November 15, 2014 at the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus. The event will honor Abbott House children and feature Olympian Gold Medalist Billy Mills.

You can read more about it here.

 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 http://whyweridefilm.com.

 

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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