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$10,000 Awarded to Teen Challenge of the Dakotas

December 5, 2023 // Grants, South Dakota Fund Grants

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to Teen Challenge of the Dakotas. Funding will support Teen Challenge of the Dakotas' programming to help young men recover from addiction.

“Thank you SDCF for this generous grant to help us here at Teen Challenge of the Dakotas,” said Mike Gilmartin, Executive Director at Teen Challenge of the Dakotas. “This financial investment will support our staff and the mission we’re all dedicated to, as we work to help men overcome serious life-controlling problems, which often include severe substance abuse, and a variety of other related issues. When the hearts of men change, then their lives can change altogether.”

Photo left to right: REV Mike Gilmartin, Executive Director Teen Challenge of the Dakotas; Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF; and Jeff Veltkamp, Director of Development, SDCF.

Located in Brookings, Teen Challenge of the Dakotas operates out of a 20-acre campus and a downtown facility. The Teen Challenge model utilizes a 16-month residential recovery program in two phases. The first phase of the programming for residents includes 10 months of personal studies, group studies, work study, and individualized mentorship. The second phase is 6 months and is a re-entry into society program. TCD partners with Brookings area employers for residents to seek work while they also recover from addiction.

“Teen Challenge of the Dakotas has proven to be a good partner over the years,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “We’re happy to support their residential recovery program assisting those who are struggling in life and need the focus to get back on track.”

To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/grants

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $30 million in grants in 2022 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.