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SLP and the importance of language

SLP and the importance of language

Words are powerful. The language we use shapes ideas and beliefs. With that in mind, Ranch Ehrlo has made the decision to change the name of our program for adults and young people with multiple, complex developmental needs. The Program for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) will now be called the Supported Living Program (SLP). “Supported Living Programs or SLP will describe…

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New dads’ group

New dads’ group

Just in time for Father’s Day, we wanted to feature a new group in our Family Treatment Program (FTP). The group is a safe space where fathers can learn and heal with other dads. FTP aims to improve family safety, family functioning, and child well-being so families can remain together. Families have a therapist assigned to them and a team of treatment workers. There are also…

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New True Colours Adult Support Group

New True Colours Adult Support Group

Starting this month, Ranch Ehrlo’s new True Colours Adult Support Group is launching to bring people together in an inclusive space. The group is open to adults with differing abilities who identify as two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. Allies are also welcome. The first meeting is on June 17th. They will be held virtually on Teams and are open to…

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Take a tour of the new Garven House

Take a tour of the new Garven House

Generally, after a new facility is built, Ranch Ehrlo hosts an open house inviting participants, family, staff, board members, and neighbours for a tour and to enjoy some snacks and great conversation. Given all the changes during the pandemic, it is probably no surprise that we could not do that after our new Garven Home was constructed. Instead, we created a virtual open house so you could…

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Saying goodbye

Saying goodbye

Sharing and learning from each other is a hallmark of the Treatment Foster Care program (TFC). The TFC is a specialized, accredited foster care service funded through the Ministry of Social Services. Foster parents assume responsibility for youth in their care, as well as ensuring the youth are actively involved with their communities and birth families whenever possible. Parents have access to…

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New vice-president of finance

New vice-president of finance

Please join us in welcoming Shelley Reddekopp as our new term vice-president of finance. Shelley comes to the agency with significant corporate, leadership, and finance experience.  During her 20-year career with the Government of Saskatchewan, Shelley has held several positions including Assistant Deputy Minister. Shelley is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management…

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Helping hands for the community fridge

Helping hands for the community fridge

Take what you need, leave what you can – that is the idea behind the concept known as the community fridge. They are a 24-hour free food resource offering everything from fresh produce to canned products for people in need, no questions asked. Christal Gerrard, a caseworker at Kruzeniski House (Kruzer), along with youth Sarah* recently decided to help their neighbours by collecting…

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Taking improvement seriously

Taking improvement seriously

Ranch Ehrlo does important work – helping people, but we always want to do better.   Sometimes, incidents occur – a broken wrist for a participant while playing sports, a participant self-harming, or an injury occurring in a physical intervention intended to protect a participant from harm when imminent…

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CARE in sports

CARE in sports

At Ranch Ehrlo, we apply our CARE principles in everything we do – including in our residential treatment programs, within our family programs, or in our community services.   CARE, Children and Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change is based on six principles: developmentally focussed, family involved, relationship based, trauma informed, competence centered, and…

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Expressing True Colours online

Expressing True Colours online

You know what they say – when one door closes, another opens. This has exactly been the case for the Ehrlo Counselling True Colours group, which is a space for LGBTQ2S+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit) youth to discuss important issues that matter to them. Despite COVID-19 closing in-person meetings, virtual sessions have allowed youth from across…

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Preserving positive experiences through scrapbooking

Preserving positive experiences through scrapbooking

Encased with artistic creations and photographs, a simple scrapbook can go a long way when it comes to helping young children form their identities. These scrapbooks, developed by Rheyn Luha, a childcare assistant in the Family Treatment Program (FTP), not only give the child a piece of their experience to cherish but also models supportive caregiver/parent relationships within the program.…

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Comfort kits

Comfort kits

Regina and Pilot Butte youth received a surprise before the start of their February break. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, each youth received a comfort kit backpack filled with items such as fuzzy blankets, stuffed animals, MP3 players, nightlights, bath bombs, sketchbooks, pencils, toothbrushes, and snacks. Organized by the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Ted and Loretta…

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Emergency services offer a safe space

Emergency services offer a safe space

Safe spaces are important for youth, especially when they need a temporary place to stay.   At Ranch Ehrlo, our emergency receiving services help youth on a short-term basis get their footing while the Ministry of Social Services develops a longer term service plan. While the services aren’t part of Ranch Ehrlo's residential treatment intake, they are helpful and important.…

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Finding success though support

Finding success though support

Ben* had been having a tough time before joining Matheson House in Prince Albert. He had been struggling with substance use, depression, and anxiety in his home community.  But things began to look brighter for Ben when he was welcomed by the team at Matheson, including unit manager Ron Schlamp. “He has grown incredibly and is in a much-improved place now than he was when he…

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Person-centred care amid COVID-19

Person-centred care amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone. Many people are trying to live their lives as normally as possible while ensuring their own health and safety and the well being of others. It’s meant for creative solutions to everyday life, where nearly everything we do has gone virtual. While cyber outings can’t replace the real thing, they can still make a difference.…

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