Coming to the Ranch


Youth entering Ranch Ehrlo generally find a home in one of our houses at our Pilot Butte campus, Corman Park campus, or Buckland campus. While youth become familiar with the Ranch Ehrlo way-of-life, a plan is developed to address their needs.

As youth progress and their behaviours change they are relocated to one of our group homes in Regina or Prince Albert, or to one of our other campuses. Each group home has a purpose designed to accommodate the needs of those youth living there. The programs prepare the youth to return to their families, to live independently, or to enter the world of employment.

Each home is staffed with a unit manager, who heads the residential team which includes youth service workers, child care workers and a housemother. Program caseworkers guide the service plan.

The programs
While living at the Ranch, each youth participates in daily group living experiences that focus on cooperation, communication, and planned activities. The programs address an individual’s social, psychological and physical well-being within a culturally sensitive environment, recognizing the right that all people are free to pursue a spiritual path of their own choosing.

Our treatment programs have been developed to focus on all aspects of life, and are based on four cornerstones:

1. Clinical treatment
Youth are provided opportunities to learn new problem solving and coping skills within a safe and supportive environment that is free from punishment. Psychiatric consultation, psychological services, and social casework is provided for each child as required.

2. Education
Ranch Ehrlo provides accredited educational programs to meet the specific needs of Ranch youth. Our Ranch-operated education centres provide on-site education, academic assessment, modified programming, and behavior stabilization in preparation for future educational placements.

3. Work
There are various work opportunities for the youth at the Ranch, depending upon age, maturity, and ability. Work may involve household chores; for others, work can take the form of paid part-time employment.

4. Recreation
Recreational activities are designed to contribute to the treatment process, allowing youth to have fun but also to develop life skills.  A variety of opportunities are also provided. Some program examples include art workshops; horse care and riding, powwow and drumming and singing group, and the Special Olympics program.

Intake Welcome Package
Each new client who comes to the Ranch receives a “Welcome Package” consisting of various comfort items designed to make clients feel safer, at ease, and welcome at Ranch Ehrlo. The items include:

  • a pillow                        welcome package
  • fuzzy blanket
  • photo album
  • duffel bag
  • hygiene bag with toiletries
  • journal
  • pad of lined writing paper
  • envelopes
  • pens
  • advocate for children and youth information card