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New space: video blog

New space: video blog

This blog will give you an insider’s view of the new addition recently added to the Hudson Building on the Pilot Butte campus. Grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy this short video.

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CARE in action

CARE in action

At Ranch Ehrlo Society, we are constantly striving to improve our services. One of the ways we have done so recently is by adding CARE, Children And Residential Experience, developed by Cornell University, to our existing framework. One of the goals of CARE is to develop congruency across our vast agency, so that everyone from direct care workers, to accountants, to senior leadership, is…

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Powwow is a hit, three years in a row

Powwow is a hit, three years in a row

Ranch Ehrlo Society’s third annual powwow was the most successful yet! Dancers from all over came to our Pilot Butte campus to take part in the one-day competitive event, with age groups ranging from tiny tot to Golden Age. Talent and dedication were on clear display as several drum groups performed and dancers entered the arena to vie for cash prizes. MC Howie Thompson returned for the third…

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Then and now: how residential care has changed over the years

Then and now: how residential care has changed over the years

“The good old days.” It’s a common turn-of-phrase, and sometimes it holds true. Fifty, a hundred, or even two hundred years ago – the pace of life was slower. There was less or no technology and more face-to-face interactions. But there was also less knowledge, particularly in the area of child welfare. Residential care like what is currently provided by Ranch Ehrlo was in a very…

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Everyone enjoys a summer break

Everyone enjoys a summer break

Guest blog by Learning Centre program manager Michelle Schwabe While the majority of educational programs take the summer off, Ranch Ehrlo’s vocational programs continue to support our youth and adult clients with skill development and job training. Some youth take time to go on one of our camp trips, while others continue with their usual routine, including work. Summer here at the…

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Routine is key at Learning Centre

Routine is key at Learning Centre

When clients and visitors alike enter the Ranch’s Learning Centre, the first thing they see is a visual representation of who is in the building that day. This isn’t a security measure – at least not in the traditional sense. Rather, it’s a way to make those who attend the Learning Centre combat anxiety that may arise from being uncertain about what their day will hold. Most of the…

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CARE in the night

CARE in the night

Patrick Parker is a night float manager at Ranch Ehrlo. He manages a team of eight employees who only work at night and move from home to home in Regina and the Pilot Butte campus. Even though the team has these hurdles in front of them when trying to form meaningful relationships with youth and adults, the CARE that they show is second to none. CARE, Children And Residential Experience, is a…

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Sensory rooms aid in success at Learning Centre

Sensory rooms aid in success at Learning Centre

Whether it’s a computer for a secretary or a hammer for a carpenter, we all have tools that we require in order to do our jobs effectively. Relaxing sensory room If someone becomes agitated, they have a relaxing environment with low lights, soft seating, and calming displays at their disposal. A fibre optic curtain adds a tactile component as the tubes can be held while clients observe…

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CARE in action: scars

CARE in action: scars

Each of Ranch Ehrlo’s clients come to us with their own stories. Most have emotional scars; some have physical. Such was the case with a young boy in the Treatment Foster Care program. His arms are covered in scars – scars he was once ashamed of. With the help of caseworker Kristie Panchuk, the boy has learned to see his scars as something more than something to be embarrassed…

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Reasons to volunteer at Ranch Ehrlo

Reasons to volunteer at Ranch Ehrlo

The work we do at Ranch Ehrlo is wide and varied – and our volunteer opportunities are, too! From helping to coach in our free-of-charge sports leagues to lending a hand at our adult or early education centres, there’s a spot for every interest. Whether you have an hour a week or an hour a day – we can work with that, too! Why volunteer? Provides the opportunity to support a…

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Family workshop brings out CARE principles

Family workshop brings out CARE principles

Ensuring treatment remains family centered was top of mind for caseworker Angela Montano when she planned a workshop for the families of MacKay House youth. “In terms of CARE principles, one of them is ensuring treatment is family centered, so we’ve been really trying to bring in the families and involve them in treatment as much as possible,” Angela explained. “It reminds them that…

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What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Carole Bryant Guest blog by Carole Bryant, director of governance and corporate services Ever wonder where the Hudson Administration Building got its name-- why the education program in Regina is referred to as Schaller--or why the Ranch’s group homes have names attached to them like Mitchell, Wilson, Welke, or Alex Guy?  The answer is that these are all the names of former board…

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Family Treatment Program in the news

Family Treatment Program in the news

Ranch Ehrlo Society’s Family Treatment Program (FTP) has been a staple of our community programming for many years, but recently CBC radio has highlighted the great work done by director Patti Petrucka and her staff of dedicated therapists, social workers, and support staff to help families from across the country. The article and radio excerpts explained the program from Patti’s point of…

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Impact of affordable housing

Impact of affordable housing

Guest blogger Justin Havre. Justin is a Calgary native and owner of Justin Havre & Associates. He believes the existence of affordable housing can benefit everyone in a community, and that new methods of provide housing should be explored whenever possible. There is a growing body of research that shows a relationship between affordable housing and improved health outcomes. Children are…

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CARE at work: leaders in action

CARE at work: leaders in action

Youth care leaders (YCL) Scott Waters and Kiel Smith have very recently completed CARE training (Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change), but they may have a head start - they’ve already been incorporating the CARE principles in the roles for many years at the agency. Especially when it comes to relationships. The agency has recently begun implementing the…

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