Abbott House Launching Campaign for Foster Homes in Rapid City

Rapid City, S.D. –  Abbott House is expanding therapeutic foster homes in Rapid City and fundraising for the two homes has begun. A total of $3 million is needed to build the homes that will include transitional supported apartments for young adults ages 18-23 who are aging out of foster care.

            Eric Klooz, Executive Director of Abbott House, said the community has been very supportive.   “We began talking to people in Rapid City a little more than a year ago, and everyone recognizes there is a major need for foster care in the area,” Klooz said. “The city and state are both putting matching dollars towards this project because they believe in our youth and our program.”

James Scull and Hani Shafai will host a reception on Wednesday, May 15 to announce the official start of the multi-million dollar campaign. The event will include announcement of matching gifts and a check presentation from the South Dakota Community Foundation.      

“I am excited to be a part of this campaign and work,” Scull said. “Our children need to know they are valued and supported in this community.”

Abbott House will build two additional therapeutic foster family homes in Rapid City. 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 youth 18 years and older. Two 2-bedroom apartments will be made available to females; two 2-bedroom apartments will be for males.

Abbott House is celebrating their 80th anniversary this year. 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.

The event is by invite only and reservations are required.  Please call 996-2486 and ask for Jamie to make a reservation.  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