Bring your kids down to the Mouse House on Saturday, December 12th from 9am – 12pm and let them do their own shopping for the family!
All kids grades K-6th are welcome!!
“Smile Now, Cry Later”
Henry David Thoreau eloquently wrote, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Art is a powerfully versatile medium that yields extraordinary therapeutic benefits. Home on the Range constantly strives to influence the lives of children in a positive manner.
This philosophy was enriched during a recent visit from the tattoo legend, Freddy Negrete. Hailing from California, Freddy visited Home on the Range to conduct an art therapy class. The results far exceeded expectations. Freddy gave a strong heartfelt testimonial enabling the children to relate and form comparisons to their lives. A compelling connection was formed through the ability to relate to life struggles including abusive relationships, addiction to drugs, and time in placement. The ability to relate formed a true therapeutic relationship.
Freddy illuminated the desire and ability to transform his life to the children. The power was evident that a former child in placement was able to rise and soar to a life of happiness and love. The life lessons communicated were invaluable to all in attendance.
Freddy wisely spoke to avoiding social segregation by stating, “we’re a community, we gotta stick together.” The weight of this single statement can still be felt today. The imagery of Freddy’s highs and lows in struggling to regain his life relays hope. Hope can be a miraculous first step or a precious lifeline.
The outpouring of emotional communication from Freddy was an unbelievably unique opportunity for the children at Home on the Range. The children were also afforded the occasion to attend a therapeutic art class conducted by Freddy. The basis of the session was demonstrating sketches of popular tattoo designs. The outcome however, was far more momentous. Individual instruction was given along with praise throughout the process.
Freddy was able to impart knowledge and bolster self esteem through his dedication to his art form. Art was the vehicle that facilitated the smoothest of rides towards acceptance and camaraderie. The impact Freddy demonstrated in the lives of the children was strikingly significant and genuine.
Home on the Range wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to Freddy Negrete for the generous donation of his time. There are no words to express our gratitude in sharing your talent, art, and life experiences with our children. This life changing experience would not have been possible without the benevolent grant from the North Dakota Community Foundation, which afforded travel expenses and art supplies. Home on the Range is confident in the success of Freddy Negrete’s visit and retains optimism for the possibilities of future endeavors together.
Submitted by Jennifer Denise Tilly
We will have our 15th Annual Basket Bash on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Beach Community Center! Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! Proceeds from the Basket Bash will be used to buy Christmas presents for our residents!
Serving hors d’oeuvres and wine!
Tickets are available at the door.
If you are interested in donating a basket for the auction, or making a cash donation, please contact Home on the Range at 701-872-3745.
We hope you enjoy our fall newsletter. This issue welcomes HOTR’s new Executive Director, Dr. Mel Rose, PsyD, Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match results, program/group updates and pictures and much more!
Save the Dates:
Basket Bash on Saturday, December 5, 2015
Giving Hearts Day on Thursday, February 11, 2016
Join in on the fun on Sunday, September 6 in Medora!
All donations will go towards our Canine Program here at Home on the Range!
Interested in previewing the 2015 commemorative program book? Original copies will be available at the Champions Ride on August 1st.
Check it out at: http://issuu.com/homeontherange/docs/book_including_cover_2015