Foundation of the home

Foundation of the home

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Whats-new | 0 comments

A mother brings heart into the home; she gives support, offers comfort, and provides care. Many youth who come to Ranch Ehrlo have lived without knowing the power of a mother’s love or miss it as they travel away from their homes for treatment.

For this reason, among many others, Ranch Ehrlo Society has put emphasis on the importance of having a mother figure in its homes. House mothers are hired to fill a need that they naturally provide. They are the rock of the ‘family’ and the foundation of the home.

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Five things everyone should know

Five things everyone should know

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Our blog | 0 comments

andreaWorking at Ranch Ehrlo is unlike any other job. You may be trained in one discipline or another, have degrees decorating your walls, and accomplishments tucked under belt but if you’re not committed whole-heartily it won’t work out.

“I don’t care how much education a person has, if they don’t have the heart, they can’t do the job,” said one program manager.

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By the numbers

By the numbers

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Our blog |

Trudy Bosch

When the Ranch was founded in 1966 it started as a single residential unit for six troubled boys in Pilot Butte. Today, we operate residential, clinical, community, and educational programs across the province.

It’s hard to visualize the growth but we hope this chart can help.

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Learning to help build better families

Learning to help build better families

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Whats-new |

Frontline staff and trainerFrontline staff and Family Program workers have learned how to build better families, and foster healthier homes.

Caseworkers, unit managers, therapists, and others spent three days learning about the Homebuilders program, the model of Ranch Ehrlo’s Intensive Family Preservation Services and Family Treatment Program.

The Homebuilders model was conceived in 1974 by the Behavioral Sciences Institute, now the Institute for Family Development. The model provides intensive, in-home crisis intervention, counselling and life-skills education for families who have children at imminent risk of placement outside of their home, or to assist families in reunification after having a child in care.

“It’s very important training because we believe that families are doing the best they can with what they know,” said David Gillock, Institute for Family Development trainer/consultant. “We hope that going into a family’s home and teaching them skills will help them do better and make the children safer.”

The Homebuilders model has been taught and applied to the practice of many agencies worldwide including those in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, and Singapore. Homebuilders was first introduced to Ranch Ehrlo Society in 2006, by Family Program director Patti Petrucka.

“It simply works, and it works wonderfully” said Patti.

“The statistics clearly indicate that families do really well if we follow the Homebuilders model and work closely within the parameters of family inclusion and family work,” she continued. “The outcomes have been absolutely remarkable.”

The 24-hour Homebuilders training spanned three days from July 28th until 31st. Staff learned how to engage families, increase safety in the home, how to teach skills to families, and how to implement cognitive and behavioural strategies.Homebuilders training

“It’s a lot of practical application of theoretical approaches,” explained David. “We look at evidence-based research, increasing cognitive awareness, changing how we think about things, and implementing behavioural interventions. “

“A lot of times families don’t recognize that they’re teaching their child to do wrong,” he said. “We teach parents the skills they need to be consistent and to follow through with what they say.”

Staff who participated in the Homebuilders training appreciated the learning opportunity and will apply the new skills to their work with families, said Patti.

“The staff absolutely love David and they love the training,” she said Wednesday morning. “They are all saying that yes they can use this, and that yes this is applicable.”

The Homebuilders model is individualized to meet the needs of each family, and can be applied to a variety of crisis situations, said David.

“Every family is different so we look at their culture, their values, and their beliefs. We do some engagement activities, get to know the family, and learn about their values, their goals, and their strengths. We then work with them individually to learn how we can build new skills to help them grow and do better.”

“Homebuilders really is focused on getting to know the family, understanding the family, and partnering with the family,” he concluded. “They are the experts of their situation; we’re merely the professionals there to help them build upon what they know.”

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Love makes the world go ‘round

Love makes the world go ‘round

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Our blog |

Aandreas the storyteller of the Ranch, I have the opportunity to sit and talk to many people affiliated with the agency, from house moms and unit managers to Ranch youth and international volunteers.

The common factor in each of these discussions isn’t only the agency, but one small but very meaningful four letter word: love.

The word love keeps popping up in conversation, whether I’m talking to a staff, former youth, a family in our community services program, volunteer, or young adult with developmental disabilities. These people rarely elaborate on their love because it’s one of those universal feelings –something that we’re all expected to give, receive, and have. But sometimes people coming to the Ranch don’t understand that feeling and don’t know how to express it, that’s why we teach it. love

Love is something that Ranch Ehrlo is built upon. We help define love every day whether it’s in the confessions of a staff loving their job, a child loving their house mom, or a parent telling their child for the first time.

Just read the expressions of love that I’ve been lucky enough to experience with some of the wonderful people who make up this agency:

  • “Flo is my (house) mom and I love her so much. Everything she does – I appreciate,” Ranch youth
  • “The kids are great. I just love them,” war veteran and guest speaker Dennis Chisholm
  • “If I had a bad day I knew I could talk to someone – I was happy about that, I loved that,” former youth Emilio Bear
  • “One of the things I love about working at the Ranch is the programs evolve based on the needs of the kids,” vice-president of Education Corrina Hayden-Fidler
  • “This job teaches you how to give love, and right now, in this world, that’s something that we are missing,” international volunteer Nelson Martinez
  • Love  is something everyone could use a little more of,” Paper Crane project participants

What can I say? I love this place.

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