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If you could help one person stay warm this winter, wouldn't you?

We live in an amazingly generous community. We at DakotAbilities see proof of this every day. We also know that in order to truly be part of our community we need to do our part in giving back. Our Supervisor of Physical Habilitation, Kiersten Kent, came up with an idea for a new project called ProjectWarmth. She is taking donations of new and gently used winter clothing including crocheted and knitted items and will donate them to organizations that serve people in need of staying warm this winter. She is even taking donations of yarn so hats and scarves can be made. Other donations include personal hygiene kits, shoes and boots, socks, and undergarments.

The project runs until November 15.

She has identified the following organizations to receive the donations.
More will be added as donations increase.

Berakhah House

Bishop Dudley House

Children's Inn

Child's Voice

Church on the Street

If you would like to join us in doing our part to keep our city's residents warm, contact Kiersten on her Facebook page at



Drop your donation off at Longfellow Center
1116 S 4th Ave




Christensen House Opens

The new Christensen Home officially opened in mid-June right on schedule! It is located one block north of Longfellow Center making it very convenient for its residents. The house was named for Lauren and LaDonna Christensen, long-time friends and supporters of DakotAbiities. They started the River Camp at Trent several years ago and remain active with it to this day. Every person served by DakotAbilities knows Lauren and LaDonna because they often stop by the Center to visit with them. These two generous people have made so many good things happen for the people we support that it is fitting that the home that represents independence is named in their honor.

June 25th Ribbon Cutting. L to R: Luke Garry, First National Bank in SF and DakotAbilities Board President; Julie Nelson, American Bank & Trust; Lauren and LaDonna Christensen; Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbiities irector of Development; Bob Bohm, DakotAbilities Executive Director; Linda Billars, Keller Williams; Jason Ball, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce President; Daschle Larson, McKinneyOlson Insurance; Heidi Loof, DakotAbilities Director of Residential Services




The opening of the Christensen House has also opened new opportunities for anyone looking for superior housing and services for disabled adults. All homes are staffed with access to nursing care. They offer private rooms and bathrooms as well as common areas. The kitchens and laundry are accessible. Homes have adaptive and assistive devices for every need including ceiling lifts for optimal safety getting into and out of wheelchairs.
For more information and to arrange a tour of available homes, contact Shelley Graham, Director of Program Services at (605) 367-6289 or


Thank you for all you do for the people served by DakotAbilities!




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