Ranch Ehrlo Society, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1966. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors. It started as a single residential unit for six troubled boys and grew to a multi-service agency providing highly specialized programs. Today, Ranch Ehrlo Society operates residential, clinical, family, community, and educational programs across the province. Youth are referred to our residential programs by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services, First Nations Child & Family agencies, as well as out-of-province referrals. Clients are referred to our community-based programs through a variety of channels.
Who we serve
The Ranch serves young people, ranging in ages from under 12 to over 18 years of age, who are experiencing social, psychological, behavioural and cognitive difficulties. We also have programs for persons with developmental disabilities.
We operate five community-based programs. Ehrlo Sport Venture programs target at-risk youth through free recreational programming. Ehrlo Counselling serves individuals, couples, and families. Ehrlo Housing offers affordable housing. Ehrlo Early Learning Centre serves families who require childcare.
We operate three family-focused treatment programs. Our Family Treatment Program focuses on family reunification after out-of-home placement is complete. Intensive Family Preservation Services focus on preventing unnecessary out-of-home placements to preserve the family unit. Lastly, in the Treatment Foster Care Program parental caregivers provide a nurturing family environment for children.
We are guided by the CARE model, Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change, which is a residential program model developed by Cornwall University. This model is something we continually strive to achieve and it means all of our decisions are based on what is best for the people we serve. We work to improve services for our clients through six practice principles:
- Developmentally focused – Every person we serve is unique and so are the services they receive.
- Family involved – Families are important we want their participation in all aspects of our programming.
- Relationship based – A good relationship is the most important part of the treatment process.
- Trauma informed – We also know that clients have experienced trauma in their lives and we use that knowledge to inform our treatment.
- Competence centred – We want youth, adults, and families to experience success and learn skills that will help them in their lives.
- Ecologically oriented – Our environments are safe, warm, and accepting.