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Winter escape through virtual art

Winter escape through virtual art

Although participants can’t get together to create art this winter, staff with our art-based services are making it easy for individuals to express and grow. Through online video conferencing, they have been running various art classes that help individuals stay engaged and get through the long winter. “Even though we are isolating this winter, the arts give participants the…

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Ten years at the top!

Ten years at the top!

At Ranch Ehrlo, we truly know what it’s like to score 10 out of 10! For the tenth consecutive year, we’ve been recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s top employers. Faced with challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff came together amazingly by staying apart. From virtual gatherings and programming to safely distanced Santa parades and winter camping, you all think…

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Virtual connections boost TFC programming

Virtual connections boost TFC programming

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some challenges, it’s also opened a window of opportunity for Ranch Ehrlo’s Treatment Foster Care (TFC) programs. The programs have expanded virtually, meaning more families and youth can better connect and gain important knowledge to improve services. For Dianna Stang, the manager of Treatment Foster Care in Corman Park, the video chats…

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Winter camping success at Heritage Lake

Winter camping success at Heritage Lake

With a little collaboration, youth at Jewison House were able to experience winter camping in a safe way up north at Heritage Lake. The trip was welcomed by the youth and staff given camping this past summer was cancelled. “It really has been hard for everyone the last nine months, so giving our youth something to look forward to and make the best of the situation we are in was our…

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How TCI builds a culture of care

How TCI builds a culture of care

At Ranch Ehrlo, we believe healthy relationships with staff in a supportive environment helps build participant competencies and manages behaviours. Part of this stems from our commitment to CARE -- Children and Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change. We take this into everything we do, including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI). TCI training has long been mandatory for…

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Drum making offers youth new opportunity

Drum making offers youth new opportunity

Ranch Ehrlo staff members Wade Lavallee and Lexie Obey recently provided youth with a great opportunity at Jordan House and Emergency Receiving on the Pilot Butte campus. In a socially distanced way, Wade and Lexie exchanged a deer hide between their programs. Youth were given the chance to work on processing and tanning the hide, which will be turned into a hand drum that they can use.…

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Christmas Carnival offers festivities in safe way

Christmas Carnival offers festivities in safe way

Residents with the Family Treatment Program will be celebrating Christmas a little differently this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers have set up a Christmas Carnival experience for each family. It will offer games, crafts, music, gifts from Santa, a festive family picture, and take-home treats in a physically distanced way. “We will be bringing one family at a time…

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Art from the Heart 2020

Art from the Heart 2020

Ranch Ehrlo’s artists showed off their artistic talents in the 16th annual Art from the Heart calendar. Unfortunately, this year due to COVID-19 there was not a reception for the artists to unveil their work. In past years when the calendar was unveiled, the artists had the opportunity to showcase their work and sign autographs for those in attendance. To celebrate the artist’s…

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Matheson House spreads holiday joy

Matheson House spreads holiday joy

The staff and youth at Matheson House in Prince Albert have a special Christmas gift for the other northern programs. The team worked hard to prepare an outdoor getaway at Ranch Ehrlo’s camp at Heritage Lake. “This year groups may not be able to go to the pool, or ski hill, or each other’s kitchen table like in pre-COVID times, however the great outdoors is still available to…

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Jordan House needs your help

Jordan House needs your help

Jordan House wants to give back to the community but needs your help to do it. The youth and staff are putting together kits for the less fortunate for the holiday season and need donations to help. “We have seen on the news that places like Mobile Crisis and the Salvation Army have seen an increase in their numbers of people seeking assistance this year thanks to the current COVID-19…

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New CEO announced

New CEO announced

In June, after Andrea Brittin shared her decision to retire as chief executive officer (CEO) at the end of 2020, the board established a CEO Selection Committee to find a replacement. We are pleased to announce that the Ranch Ehrlo board has accepted the committee’s recommendation to appoint Natalie Huber as the new CEO, effective January 4, 2021. “I, on behalf of the board of…

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Construction and teamwork

Construction and teamwork

They say that many hands make light work. Participants in one of our vocational programs are getting to experience that proverb firsthand.   The Vocational Training Employment Program (VTEP) crew has been assisting with the building of a new storage and maintenance facility on the Pilot Butte campus. The focus for VTEP is to help participants develop life skills, vocational training,…

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New program for families struggling with addictions

New program for families struggling with addictions

Families struggling with addictions across Canada will soon have a new kind of help available. The Family Centred  Addiction Program, based out of Moose Jaw, is an innovative residential addictions treatment program that supports not only the individual struggling with substance misuse but also their immediate family. This new program is an extension of the Family Treatment Program…

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 Community relationships

Community relationships

While we often talk about the relationships formed within our programs, it’s less often we get to spotlight those formed between participants and community members. Hair artist Joe Duarte has been visiting Ranch homes for many years now, bringing everything he needs with him to help each participant look and feel their best. Joe’s time at the Ranch started nearly 18 years ago when…

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Special delivery

Special delivery

Matheson House youth in Prince Albert recently made a special delivery - but the foundation that led to such a generous act was laid long before. The youth delivered a handmade picnic table to Elder Dave Laroque and his partner, Margaret. Elder Dave and Margaret have a long history of working with the youth and staff in our northern programs. From attending annual events to offering cultural…

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