Home On The Range therapy program awarded NDAD's Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant

Posted: Dec 12 2016
Dr. Mel Rose, executive director of Home On The Range, displays the $5,000 Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant award check presented in November by Mike Brue, NDAD communications director, on behalf of NDAD. The money will be used to purchase more mountain bikes similar to those shown near the HOTR building.

Home On The Range, a therapeutic working ranch in southwestern North Dakota for at-risk and traumatized teen boys and girls, recently received the third $5,000 Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant from NDAD.

Awarded twice annually, the grant is named for NDAD's late co-founder and original program services leader, who died in early 2014.

The grant will be used to purchase mountain bikes for Home On The Range’s adventure therapy programs on its ranch trails and the Maah Daah Hey Trail that crosses nearby Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands.

Since late 2015, NDAD has awarded three $5,000 Faye Gibbens Memorial Grants to North Dakota agencies/organizations to be used for a health, welfare, social service or educational purpose for at-risk populations. Awarded twice annually, the grant is named for NDAD's late co-founder and original program services leader, who died in early 2014.

Part of Home On The Range’s clinical programming, adventure therapy teaches children how to be physical active and appreciate the environment while learning to deal with stressful situations in a new and innovative way, according to Jolene Obrigewitch, development director for the ranch.

Home On The Range has five mountain bikes purchased with its own funds and has a goal of acquiring 12 to 15 bikes in a variety of sizes.

The clinical ranch works with a Dakota Cyclery Mountain Bike Adventure, which has donated time to show Home residents how to maintain bikes and meet survival equipment needs for trail adventures. DCMBA is located in nearby Medora.

A group of Home On The Range teen residents pause on a trail ride in the western North Dakota Badlands. The therapeutic working ranch uses mountain bikes as part of its adventure therapy program aimed at helping at-risk and traumatized teens from throughout North Dakota.

Since late 2015, NDAD has awarded three $5,000 Faye Gibbens Memorial Grants to North Dakota agencies/organizations to be used for a health, welfare, social service or educational purpose for at-risk populations.

NDAD's call for applications for the fourth Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant will be announced in several months.

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Watch for more information about Home On The Range and its adventure therapy program in an upcoming post and on NDAD.org.

More about the Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant is available at http://ndad.org/services/FayeGibbensMemorialGrant/


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