Family ties at Matheson

Family ties at Matheson

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Even when our youth are no longer living at Ranch Ehrlo, they know they always have a place to return to.

No story illustrates the bond between youth and staff better than that of Becki*, who spent five and a half years at Ranch Ehrlo Society in Prince Albert; beginning at Alex Guy House and transitioning to Matheson House where she lived until last month.

“Becki is still very much a part of the extended family at Matheson House,” said caseworker Marissa Lafelle.

Matheson House is somewhat unique in that many of the youth who live there don’t have family discharge options – they often stay at Matheson until, like Becki, a plan is developed to help them transition into a more independent living situation.

“The staff becomes like their family,” Marissa explained, adding that most youth stay in the Prince Albert area, so the small community and ease of access to former staff allow the relationships to continue to flourish after youth have discharged.

This is very true for Becki, who said that one of the biggest challenges in moving on was leaving her Matheson House family.

“It made me sad, but I know I’m leaving them for a good reason,” she said.

Though Becki has transitioned to living in her own apartment through the YWCA Homeward Bound Oakdale program in Prince Albert, Marissa and Matheson House unit manager Ron Schlamp often head over to visit her in new apartment, and Becki has a standing invite to Ranch Ehrlo events like Winterfest and Awards Night.

Oakdale provides a safe and supportive living environment for young adults transitioning towards independence. The goal is to provide life skills and opportunities for youth to grow in areas of hygiene, cooking, budgeting, education, employment and connecting to community resources. Youth will have access to staff 24/7, opportunities to set goals and work on case-management.

But some of Ranch Ehrlo came with Becki to Oakdale. Her support worker through Oakdale, Kandace Korycki, worked at Ranch Ehrlo for five years and spent two of those working with Becki.

“She made a smooth transition to Oakdale thanks to the supportive team at Matheson House, and has been such a wonderful addition to our program at Oakdale – which I had no doubt that she would be,” Kandace said.

Ranch CEO Andrea Brittin concluded, “Thank you to all of you who have worked alongside Becki to see her off to this new stage in life. I believe that the single most important key to success when youth are transitioning is to have people available who they trust to call up and talk to, find support, or perhaps provide a shoulder to cry on when they need it.”

“Thank you, Matheson staff for being those trusting people for Becki.”

*name changed

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Unique volunteer experience

Unique volunteer experience

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Our blog | 1 comment

For the past seven years, Ranch Ehrlo has been part of the International Volunteer Exchange Program, administered by the Mennonite Central Committee. They connect us with volunteers from around the world, who stay with host families and work at Ranch Ehrlo as educational assistants for a year. They receive all the same training as a regular employee of Ranch Ehrlo would receive. Our latest blog features one of those volunteers.

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Looking into the future

Looking into the future

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Our blog | 0 comments

Not many people can predict the future – even if you are the CEO. This week’s blog, guest written by Ranch Ehrlo CEO herself, Andrea Brittin, looks at what she envisions for the agency over the next five years.

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Ranch residents take gold in Yukon

Ranch residents take gold in Yukon

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019 in Whats-new | 0 comments

From January 31 to February 4th five residents and two staff from Ranch Ehrlo’s Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) visited the Yukon to participate in an invitational Special Olympic soccer tournament, where they took home both the gold medal and memories of a lifetime.

Unit manager Shaun Silzer and personal support leader Cam Huberdeau travelled with the residents for the five-day excursion.

Besides their incredible success in the tournament – their team won all five games and took the gold medal, there was plenty to write home about.

From beginning to end, the trip was full of firsts – for four of the five men, it was their first time on a plane.

“(On the first flight), from Regina to Vancouver there was a lot of nerves but after that it was fine,” Cam recalled.

While there, the team had the opportunity to witness the Northern Lights and participate in a dog sled tour.

“This was an amazing opportunity for our residents to be able to participate in a tournament with their team that they typically would not have,” said Shaun.

“For (our residents), it’s not just about the sport – it’s about being part of a team,” Cam said.

The five practice weekly with their team, and play once per week in a Co-Ed league in Regina.

 

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Ranch Ehrlo a Top Employer, again!

Ranch Ehrlo a Top Employer, again!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Two, four, six, eight – this designation means we’re really great (to work for)!

For the eighth consecutive year, Ranch Ehrlo has been named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers! This special designation recognizes the Saskatchewan employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. We are proud to have received this honour and will continue to strive to offer our employees an above-average place to work at in 2019 and beyond.

We wanted to take this opportunity to look back at some of the reasons why:

2018

2017

2016

2014

The official reasons for our selection can be found here.

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