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Licence to drive

Licence to drive

While many of our group homes have the end goal of reunifying a youth with their family at the conclusion of treatment, Matheson House, located in Prince Albert, is geared toward helping older youth transition to independent living. Trent* is one of those participants. Trent, 18, made the brave choice to stay in care and work toward his goals – one of which was recently achieved when he…

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Powwow cancelled

Powwow cancelled

Ranch Ehrlo Society’s annual powwow, typically slated for the end of August, will not be going ahead for the 2020 year. Due to rules around gathering sizes and the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, we have decided it is in our best interest to hold off on hosting the event this year. We are saddened as it has become an event that we look forward to each year, but the safety of our…

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Baseball player passes message of perseverance

Baseball player passes message of perseverance

You can do whatever you put your mind to. That’s the message recently hired multiple program worker (MPW) Dustin Molleken has for the youth he works with. An MPW is an employee in our residential programs who cover off shifts in the different houses. Dustin (courtesy of mlb.com) Dustin spent 18 years as a professional baseball player, playing all over the world. He came up through…

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CARE goal planning

CARE goal planning

At Ranch Ehrlo, we are continuously searching for ways to improve. Our Quality Improvement team is always looking at participant experience through surveys and statistics related to the effectiveness of our programs. This year, with the implementation of Children And Residential Experience (CARE), we have added a new layer of accountability. In the fall of 2019, each of our programs set…

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Cultural activities continue amidst COVID-19

Cultural activities continue amidst COVID-19

A connection to culture helps create resilience.  While everyone has their own reasons for needing to develop resilience, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust us all into similar territory. It could be argued that clinical caseworker Julie Francella’s cultural work with agency youth is more important than ever. Julie ( pictured above with her art hanging at Schaller) …

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3 mile tradition continues

3 mile tradition continues

When gatherings over 10 people became impossible, we knew we couldn’t hold our annual 3-mile race – at least not in the way we have been for over 50 years now. But the spirit of our agency – putting participants first - shone through as we came together to find a way to adapt the event to ensure our youth could still experience it. Jewison House training Started over 50…

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Family programs continue to serve the community

Family programs continue to serve the community

While many of us are tucked safely in our own homes, staff at Ranch Ehrlo’s Family Treatment Program (FTP) and Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) continue to serve those in need.   For some of the families in the programs, this means Skype or Facetime check-ins, or therapists coming by and talking over the phone from outside a window. These are the families who are at lower…

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Kindness lifts family spirits

Kindness lifts family spirits

When things in her house started to seem “a little sad” during the COVID-19 lockdown, 9-year-old Taylor decided to take matters into her own hands and cheer up her family with a surprise party. She summed up her event very simply. “Well, I got donuts for my family and put balloons up that had kind messages in them.” Ordering and paying for donuts for her entire family,…

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After winter comes the spring…

After winter comes the spring…

Waiting can be hard.  When youth first arrive at Ranch Ehrlo and begin the treatment process, progress can be slow. Goals can seem so unattainable, and home can seem so far away.  With the current state of society, all of us are being forced into a stage of waiting; waiting to see loved ones again, waiting to frequent our favourite shops, gyms, or hairdresser. Although it is…

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Ranch Ehrlo's Pandemic Policy and Plan

Ranch Ehrlo's Pandemic Policy and Plan

At Ranch Ehrlo, our first priority will always be safety – employee, participant, client, and stakeholder. To that end, in response to the current COVID-19 situation, we have adopted an in-depth pandemic policy and plan to guide us in this unprecedented time.  The plan is a combined effort of our senior leaders, with input from various levels of the agency. We have also taken…

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Pay it forward box a big hit

Pay it forward box a big hit

As social distancing measures have been put in place, our youth and staff have continually found creative ways to maintain their physical distance without sacrificing emotional connections. The most recent initiative, started by Dalla-Vincenza House, is a pay-it-forward box that has been making its rounds throughout our homes in the southern programs. Youth care leader Victoria Chupa came up…

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Smooth42 donates to Ranch Ehrlo

Smooth42 donates to Ranch Ehrlo

Thanks to a distillery located in Brownlee, SK, Ranch Ehrlo has been provided with hand sanitizer to help keep our programs safe. With sanitizer hard to find in stores, many distilleries in the province have been changing their process in order to make hand sanitizer for essential frontline workers, which our employees fall into the category of. However, many were only providing the product to…

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Creativity shines in foster care

Creativity shines in foster care

Children all over the country are out of school for the foreseeable future, meaning a lot more time at home! This includes Ranch Ehrlo’s Treatment Foster Care (TFC) program, a specialized, accredited foster care program for children with complex needs who respond best in a family setting. TFC parents Brittanie and Sam Park, who have two biological children and are fostering one through the…

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Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities

With many businesses being shut down, there is an influx of individuals looking for work. With our agency still fully operational, many of our employees have received inquiries from former co-workers, friends, family, and acquaintances regarding whether or not The Ranch is currently hiring. We are! If you or someone you know is interested in working at our agency, please apply online here.…

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A new tool to tackle issues

A new tool to tackle issues

These are challenging times, so we wanted to share an uplifting story. Hilsden House recently received an upgrade. A sensory room was created for the boys at Hilsden, who range in age from eight to 12. Many of them have delays in gross and fine motor skills, and several have been diagnosed with Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder. The room is designed to provide another tool to tackle…

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