BHW Impact Report 2021

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CREATING OPPORTUNITIES C o m m u n i t y I m p a c t R e p o r t 2 0 21


On the cover: Jesse Bosanco is a kind-hearted guy with a great sense of humor. Your generosity has created many opportunities for Jesse to be independent and healthy. Thank you! Inside cover: Because of you, Dana Peniska takes classes to learn new skills, allowing him to be more independent at home and find a job in our community.

[ 2 ] Black Hills Works | WELCOME

As we look back on 2021, I am so proud of the people we support, our staff, and our community. Together we welcomed 2021 with renewed optimism and a readiness to get back to normal. All of this was possible because of YOU. Your donations and gifts of time helped with many needs, like transportation, home furnishings, and the necessary supplies for educational programs. We also launched our Behavioral Health Program to support people with significant disabilities. Challenges persisted, but so did we! The vast majority of the people we support and our employees are vaccinated, making employment possible for those who were not able to work in 2020. For our own dedicated direct support professionals, we secured support from our state legislature, creating the opportunity to increase wages, which encouraged others to begin rewarding careers at Black Hills Works. We also built on lessons learned in 2020. We realized that day programming doesn’t need to take place in a building. We can engage hearts, bodies, and minds at home, outside, or on location. We welcomed back dedicated community volunteers, helping to create meaningful connections and opportunities for them and those they helped. Together, we are filled with optimism and hope for 2022. Because of YOU, your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and volunteers with disabilities continue to live life fully. Gratefully, Brad Saathoff President & CEO Black Hills Works

WELCOME | 2021 Impact Report


THE GRAESE FAMILY’S LASTING LEGACY In 1987, Clifford and LaVonne founded the Clifford & LaVonne Graese Foundation. They were grateful for the opportunities they were afforded in life and wanted to give back to causes close to their hearts and in the communities where they lived. Their children, Diane, Sally, Susan, and Larry, have honored their parents’ legacy by also making incredible impacts in their respective homes, including the Black Hills. “We really appreciate the arts,” said Larry, who makes his home in the Black Hills with his wife, Jill, explaining their longtime support for the Suzie Cappa Art Center. “I can’t even draw a straight line, so to see these artists with disabilities enjoying meaningful days honing their skills and creating beautiful art is just so inspiring.”

LaVonne and Clifford Graese

The Clifford & LaVonne Graese Foundation’s generous contributions over the past eight years have directly supported the artists, helping to ensure they have the art supplies they need and instruction with professional artists. Their most recent gift allowed for the purchase of 32 ergonomic chairs, making the hours the artists spend at the art center safer for their bodies and more comfortable. “I like them a lot. They are comfy,” exclaimed Jeff McGlade, an artist known for his impressionist style. “They are comfortable and a lot better than our old ones,” agreed Nancy Weiss, a fellow artist. We are grateful to the Clifford & LaVonne Graese Foundation and the continued involvement of their children and grandchildren. It is a fitting legacy to Clifford and LaVonne’s charitable hearts and their desire to lift up their community. Your generosity has allowed for a supportive, inspiring environment where adults with disabilities can find their potential and thrive as artists! Thank you! L-R: LaVonne, Larry, and Diane.


2 All ability original theater productions in 2021, costing on average $10,163 (funded by ticket purchases and private donations)

23 Performers with disabilities 76 Community members volunteered 1079 hours LEARN MORE [ 4 ] Black Hills Works | ARTS EXPRESSION

A R T S E X P R E SS I O N S DID YOU KNOW? Suzie Cappa artists’ supplies are funded, in part, by private donations! They create beautiful art because of the supplies and time YOU donate, and the art you buy! Thank you!

30 Artists $43 Per artist per month in supplies 343 community volunteer hours VISIT US 722 St Joseph St., in Rapid City, SD

Sheryl Finch, our 2021 Artist of the Year, loves working at the Suzie Cappa Art Center! You create opportunities for her to sell her art and learn new techniques. Thank you! ARTS EXPRESSION | 2021 Impact Report


Twin brothers, Tim and Ed Kopp, love sports!


DID YOU KNOW? Because of you,


athletes can participate in


sports on the Storm Special Olympics team! Your support helps these athletes have the uniforms, equipment, and fees they need to compete!

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They have the gear they need to succeed, because of you!

VOLUNTEER ENJOYS BLOSSOMING FRIENDSHIP Shelby Anderson was looking for a way to give back when Teresa Krier came into her life. As a master gardener, Shelby saw a way she could help. Teresa, who is supported by Black Hills Works, expressed an interest in starting her own business and gardening was one activity that brought her joy. “I am thankful for Shelby’s friendship and willingness to help me,” Teresa said. “I couldn’t wait to start planning my garden with her!” “Teresa was so excited when I offered to mentor her. I was happy to step in and help,” said Shelby. They started in 2020 with a small patio garden at Teresa’s home and in 2021, they secured a community garden plot. They planted tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon, producing enough to make small profit. “Teresa had a bumper crop! I was actually a little jealous,” Shelby shared, smiling. Just as Teresa’s garden was growing, so was her friendship with Shelby. They share stories about their lives and families, and have lunch together. “Shelby ’s insight, friendship, and guidance brought Teresa out of her shell,” said Dianne Hartson, Teresa’s Director Support Professional. “Thanks to Shelby, she has gained such confidence and security.” Shelby is looking forward to the next planting season too. “Spending time with Teresa reminds me to enjoy each moment and to live in the moment. How can you not want to be a part of that?” Thank you, Shelby, for making an incredible impact in Teresa’s life!

YOU CAN CHANGE A LIFE! By volunteering you can create opportunities for someone with a disability. Volunteers play a critical role in helping people learn new skills, overcome fears, enjoy a hobby, exercise, or just hang out with a new friend. We work to find your fit! Learn more by contacting Carrie at 605-718-6207 or



Community members volunteered

3,610 hours, valued at $98,183

The people we support also are also caring volunteers! They donated

813 hours at area nonprofits in 2021!

COMMUNITY LIFE | 2021 Impact Report


SUPPORT OF MANY MAKES HOMES OF TOMORROW POSSIBLE TODAY Thanks to the generosity of our community, the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA), the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Black Hills Area Community Foundation (BHACF), and Walmart, Black Hills Works is building homes of tomorrow. These “smart” homes will offer residents much greater independence and privacy, and make for a safer work environment for their staff. A highly specialized home designed to support people with significant disabilities is being planned, and our new Behavioral Health Program supports people who need this level of care in homes close to their families, rather than across the state in the institution. Two of our legacy group homes will be renovated to convert bedrooms and shared bathrooms into single -person efficiency apartments. The Sitka group home’s renovations are already in progress and the people who live there, pictured above, are grateful and really looking forward to their new apartments. These homes of tomorrow will use technology and specialty equipment to make caring for and lifting individuals safer and more efficient. Ceiling lifts will allow all staff to safely transfer individuals, greatly mitigating risk of injury. A sensory room has been added to one full care home, thanks to BHACF and Walmart. Sensors are also being installed to alert staff when a resident may need assistance, and remote monitoring will alleviate the need for overnight staff in some locations. “[Remote monitoring] is there to help and I’m glad to have it around. It keeps us safe,” said Rebecca, who has been using this technology over the past year. We are grateful to our generous community, SDHDA, CDBG, BHACF, and Walmart for your gifts of independence, privacy, and security. Because of you, these individuals are home. Sitka home under construction


BECAUSE OF YOU people who receive residential supports from

Black Hills Works can afford to live in Rapid City because we provide them with affordable housing. They pay, on average, just to [ 8 ] Black Hills Works | HOME LIFE

$438 in rent per month, as compared

$664 , the median rent in Pennington County.

Because of you, Janice Not Help Him has the opportunity to live in a comfortable home that she shares with three friends. She has the staff support she needs to prepare meals and keep her home clean.












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HOME LIFE | 2021 Impact Report





557 in Rapid City • 52 in Omaha PEOPLE SUPPORTED BY SERVICE






employment or day services only



76+ 0

comprehensive services (residential, day services, employment, and medical coordination)

209 People received



400 People received






Clients served and/or evaluated at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center Sara enjoying the sunshine.

Black Hills Area Community Foundation Black Hills By Choice Community Development Block Grant Program Delta Dental Foundation of South Dakota Gwendolyn Stearns Foundation Rapid City Area Metropolitan Planning Organization South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) SDCF Fairy Godmothers South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities South Dakota Department of Labor [ 10 ] Black Hills Works | FINANCIALS

South Dakota Housing Trust Fund US Bank Foundation US Health and Human Services US Small Business Administration United Way of the Black Hills Walmart



Support Service Fees





Self-Insurance Income




Administrative Income



Grants & Donations*

Total Income

$2, 790,577




Investment Income

$114,091 *Black Hills Works also received one -time CARES Act funds totaling $4,002,800 for our essential direct support staff who necessarily continued to work throughout the ongoing pandemic, providing 24/7 care to the more than 600 people we support.

Dear Friends,

Staff Payroll & Benefits

$30,245, 747 Program Expenses

$2,135,574 Administrative Expense


Building, Utilities & Food


Vehicles & Transportation

$1,258,370 Total Expenses

$38,476,563 Bonnie and Richard

As I reflect back on 2021, I am filled with gratitude for all you made possible. Your contributions to our mission created many opportunities for people with disabilities throughout our community to volunteer, perform on stage, make beautiful art, secure meaningful employment, and have a place to call home. Because you cared and shared, you changed lives, helping to break down barriers and make dreams come true. Because of you, the people we support are living life fully! Thank you!

Andrea D.M. Serna President Black Hills Works Foundation FINANCIALS | 2021 Impact Report

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In 2021, we persevered & created opportunity: Opportunity for YOU to change the lives of your good neighbors, valued friends, productive workers, respected leaders, & caring volunteers. Thank YOU! Thora Ruth & James Aarvig Mickie Abell Ace Steel & Recycling Amy & Lyde Adams Advanced Dental Professionals Advanced Electrical Affordable Adventures Jeffrey & Jean Albrecht Bernice & Ronald Alderson Craig & Marian Alexander Dr. Robert & Judy Allen Linda B. Allen William & Cheryl Allen Mike & Michelle Aman AmazonSmile Ericka Amborn American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Stan & Bonnie Anker Tito & Cheryl Arguello Armadillos Ice Cream Shoppe Marcia Arneson Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Arrowhead Country Club Tyler Artz Assurant Foundation Assurant, The Benevity Community Impact Fund At Home Design Dean & Susan Aurand Axe It Out B9 Creations Amie Bach Badlands Broadcasting Carl & Mary Baehler Douglas & Vicki Bailie Bank West Bank West Trust Department August & Nancy Bakeberg Darrel & Jacqueleen Baker Edwin Baker Scott & Jody Barbour Dr. Reuben & Marloe Bareis Chet & Cynthia Barnard Pearl H. Barrett Bar-Sto Precision Machine Nancy Barton, Ph.D. Zachary Baschnagel Marilyn Bates Nathan & Megan Batteen Russell & Peggy Bauernfeind Tim & Frances Becker Larry & Cindy Begley Mila Belakova Bell Bank Benchmark Data Labs Jennie Benson Sandy Berendes Dale Berkebile Leonard & Bonnie Bertsch Deanna & Eugene Bevers BH Contraband BH Party Pedaler Ann & Gaylen Bialas

Robert & Kelly Bickett Gary & Sonja Birkeland Cliff & Sharol Bjerke Black Hills Area Community Foundation Black Hills By Choice Giving Circle Black Hills Community Bank Black Hills Energy Black Hills Federal Credit Union Black Hills Insurance Agency Inc. Black Hills Juniors Volleyball Colleen Black Weasel Shelly Blank Scott Blazek Dr. Robert & Shirley Bloemendaal Maggie Bloom Dennis & Debra Blosmo LaRae Blote BMS Financial Advisors Joseph & Tammy Bodeson Daniel & Bianca Boll David & Deborah Bonin Robert & Vicki Borders Amy Borella Perry & Mary Borella Elizabeth Bowers Joyce & Thomas Bowman Richard & Cecilia Bowman Jim & Kathy Boyle Linda Boyle Kent & Angela Bradley Fr. John Brady Michael & Helen Brand Bernie Brandner Brass Rail Harold & Cheryl Brenden Brewster Enterprise LLC Speedy Lube Randy Brink & Monica Bower-Brink Megan Brink Zane & Trinidad Brink Judith Brodin Larry & Sandra Broesder Dodie & Jerry Brown Gary & Gloria Brown Kent & Peggy Brugger Michelle Bruno Norman Bsharah Barbara Buhler Ray & Marilyn Bundy Pat & Lucy Burchill Laura Burden Jim & Monica Burgess Faith E. Bury Gerry Butterfield Susan Buttke Jessica Callies Canyon Lake UMW David & Karen Cappa Linda Carpenter Chris Carpentier Gwendolyn Carson

[ 12 ] Black Hills Works | DONORS

Chamberlain McColley Funeral Home Lana Chapman Malcom & Cheryl Chapman Nathan & Catherine Chicoine Corinne & Nicolas Christenson Ann & Mark Chytka City of Rapid CityCommunity Development Brook Clark Paula & Ronald Clark Clarkson Family Foundation Clayborne, Loos, & Sabers Clifford & LaVonne Graese Foundation Amelia Clucas Jacqueline Clucas John & Mary Gail Clucas Coaster Company of America Judy & Brent Cogswell Chris & Jim Coleman Ron & Deb Colerick Collins Companies Combined Federal Campaign Mike & Anita Conley Lee Connelly Nancy & Kosta Constantine Construction Industry Center Bob & Ruth Conway Lori & Jerry Cope Alyx Corcoran Terry & Sue Corth Mary Craig Kevin & Kristin Crosby James & Madeline Crowe James Crowe Ellen Crowe Michael E. Crutcher, DDS CUNA Mutual Group Dale’s Tire & Retread Kaylene Danielson Dark Canyon Coffee Debra & Norm Dathe Jeff & Kathy Davis Loretta Dayen Katherine de la Pena Michael & Rebecca Deal Robin N. DeBoer David DeChristopher Dell YourCause LLC Designing Impressions Anna DeSmet Cindy Deutscher Kenneth & Kathleen Dewell Charlys & Tom Dice Kevin & DeVee Dietz Christy A. DiSanto Sherwin & Sharon Dockter Bob & Judy Domalewski Doug & Shirley Donnelly Claudia Douglas

Joshua Downey Dennis & Donna Dressen Gary & Bobbie Drewes Kathy Dubs Breann Ducheneaux Matt Duggan & Jane Borella Duggan Dr. William & Judy Duhamel George Jr. & Donna Dulina Miriam Dunmire Don & Gail Dunnwald Gary & Mary Eagle David Eberhard & Francesca Bargiacchi Mary Eberhard Justin & Jossie Ebsen Roger & Peggy Eckholm Lanny & Micki Edelsohn Paula Efta Jodene Ehirch Robert & Mary Lou Ehrke Mark & Michelle Ell David & Deanna Emery Susan England David & Jason Enos Suzanne Erickson Amie Estes Doug & Justine Estes William Evans Events by Lady K Donna Evjen Sherri Ewing William Ewing Jim & Terri Fankhauser Robert & Janet Feller Fenske Media Rex Field Shad, Jenna, Cass, Cole, & Emma Finn Firehouse Brewing Company First Interstate Bank RC Beth Fischer Curtis & Theresa Fischer Fischer Furniture Dan Fisher Fisher Beverage Bruce & Jodie Fisk Ronald & Susan Fitzgerald Diane Flahaven Neu Katie Fleming Lee & Letta Flowers Fred & Kelly Folsom Herb & Kathy Forkel Connie & Greg Forstner Jon Fosheim Beth Franz Rita Franz French Creek Station Janet Fritz Robin Frost Terry & Barbara Fuller Rich & Suzanne Gabrielson Lawrence McIntyre & Gail Lundeen John Gallucci Alissa Gardenswartz Jackie Garner

Kortney & Greg Geary Bob & Judith Geis Mary Genzlinger James Gervasi Ghere Construction Irene Giannotti James & Lisa Gibbon Global Fidelity Corp Anne-Marie Glynn Kimberly Glynn Jeff & Holly Godber Godfrey’s Brake Service Derek Godsey Sandy & Cathy Godwin Golf Club at Red Rock Google Ad Grants Julie & John Gordon Mike & Marnie Gould Dr. Richard & Nancy Gowen Dr. Deepack & Sherry Goyal Larry & Jill Graese Hugh “Cracker” Graham David & Rhonda Grant Great Western Bank Connie & Jim Green Jacob Greenhagen Roger & Julie Greer David & Dorothy Gresch Donald & Doneen Grimm Tom Grove Gloria J. Gunn Bonnie & Wayne Gutzmer Gwendolyn L. Stearns Foundation Inc. Darwin & Betty Haerer Nicole & Mike Haltiner James & Kathleen Hanley Craig & Carrie Hansen Audra & John Hardesty S. Ann Harjes Hart Ranch Camping Resort Club, Inc. Ardis Hass Kathleen Hastings Sharon & Mark Hasvold Kim Haug & Karah Haug Haugo Broadcasting Brad & Kami Haupt Hay Camp Brewing Company Heavy Constructors, Inc. Sarah Heideman Pete & Sandie Heier Michelle Heilman Helena Moore Trust Jane Ann Henderson Barbara Hendrickson Richard & Karen Heppner Proell Doug & Marnie Herrmann Linda Hettich Earl Hettick Arnie & Connie Hill David Hill Kathleen Hill Thomas Hill Joseph & Sheila Hillberry Connie Hilpert Hilt Construction, Inc. Joseph & Bonnie Hilt Paul & Roben Hinker Darrell & Johanna Hoar Amy Hodge Darwin & Jerrilee Hoeft Bob & Joyce Hoffman Dean & Jean Hohm Mike & Jane Holeton Laurie Holloway

Mike & Cindy Holmes Dolores Holt HomeSlice Media Group Ron & Tamie Hopp Horst Acoustical Co. Hotel Alex Johnson The Hovey Family Fund, Robert & Karen Hovey The Hovey Family Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation Donna Howard John & Constance Howard David & Joyce Hoyer Juanita Huber Gene & Lynn Huber William Huggins Coy Hunter Greg & Beth Hunter Marilyn & Scott Hunter Independent Optical Keith & Cindy Jackson Thomas & Margaret Jackson Jackson Furniture Industries Lynda Jacquot-Imbers Harry James & Carolyn Jean Lowe Heather Jansen Dennis & Leanna Jenner Doug & Rhonda Jenner Jenner Equipment Company Kelly & Lana Jensen Jersey Mike’s Subs Michael Jocks Roger S. Johnsen Charles & Shirley Johnson Dorothy & Roger Johnson Kathryn Johnson Mr. Keith & Donna Johnson Mary Johnson Steve & Nancy Johnson Tara & Jake Johnson Jolly Lane Greenhouse Mike & Susan Jubie Jenna Juliano Darlene & Mike Kaelin Deonne Kahler Janet M. Kahler Richard & Beverly Kahler Steve & Marty Jo Kalkman Bobbie Kambestad Larry & Jeane Kannenberg Casey Madsen & Kara Frankman Sonja Karl Chris & Jeanie Karn Pat & Connie Karn Melanie Karp Roberta Olson & Katherine Monagle-Olson Jean Katus Maurita Kaufman & David Springhetti Donald & Marlene Kechely Bryon & Michelle Keil Desmond Keller Keller Williams Commercial Real Estate Robert E. Kelley & June Hermanson Scott & Mary Kenner Andrea Kenrick Ketel Thorstenson, LLP KEVN/KOTA Roxanne Kibben Joyce Kiesz Kilowatt Electric

Patricia Kirkpatrick Sam Kirschenmann Felicia & Thomas K. Kirven Erika Kling Paula Kloppel Phyllis Klueber Jean Klueber Bengs KNBN Television Melissa Knight & Family Lee & Laurie Knoll Kyle & Siri Knutsen Larson Roger & Janice Knutsen & Family Michele Kohn William & Julie Kopp Carroll & Dennyce Korb Drs. Stephen Kovarik & Virginia Frei Robyn L. Kramer Daryl Krejci Ron Kringen Eldon & Patricia Krull Justin & Veronica Kusser Julie Lacroix Dark Canyon Coffee David & Cecilia Lang Barb Larsen Milton & Mary Law Jim Lawler Dave & Cindy Ledford Scott Lee & Dan Earley Steve Leeka Damon & Shannon Leetch Christine Leichtnam Aimee Leithoff Mike Lemay Sheila Leone Jo Lepine Mary Lerdal & Patrick Badiuk Orand, Ruth, & Jenny Liebelt Sue & Leighton Lien Charles & Marilyn Lindly Van Lindquist Mark & Gina LindquistBailey Adam & Stephanie Lindquist Scoville Peggy Livermont Scott Lockwood Jo Longendyke Lowe’s Home Improvement Anna Lukens-Black Jo Ann Lux Joseph & LoAnn Lux Lynn Jackson Attorneys Richard & Pamela Magnuson Kelly Maguire Main Street Square Joanie & Larry Mantei Marco Technologies Maggie & Mark Marshall Velna G. Martin & Carol Luster Edward & Mary Martinez Patti Martinson Mary Sue Hagenson Trust Steve Massopust Randy Maxon D. Richard & Rogene Maxwell Jana Maxwell, John Rychtarik & Jarid Cynthia A. Mayes David & Ellen McGuigan Susan McJunkin Brad & Jeanita McNulty

Meadowbrook Golf Course Medicine Shoppe Advanced Care Pharmacy James & Karin Merkel Tim & Karin Merkle Pioneer Bank & Trust Rick & Gena Messer Dr. Richard & Gayla Meyer Gerald & Myrna Meyer Nancy Michlitsch Mid Continent Testing Laboratories Midwest Marketing, LLC Duvil & Sarah Miller Susan Miller Trisha T. Miller, Ph.D. Gary & Ruth Milliken Modern Woodmen Of America Jaimie Mohler William & Joyce Molitor Carolyn & Mark Mollers The Monument Monument Health Sam & Karen Mortimer Carrie & Quentin Moser Stacy Moser Mt. Plains Insurance Jack & Chris Muller Jeffrey & Kylee Mulz Margie Litzen Munro Paul Munro Brian & Kim Munsell Heather Murphy Murphy’s Pub & Grill Tommy & Brianna Myers Darcy Nagel Nash Finch Company Kenneth & Andrea Neff Irene Nelson & Cindy Jackson Duane & Lynn Nelson Gary & Jean Nelson Kameron Nelson Network for Good Deanna & Terry Neuharth Genevieve Newell Galen & Donna Niederwerder Carol Nielsen & Lee Bendickson George Nielsen Tina Niggeman William & Joan Nikischer Dr. Robert & Glenda Nixon Glenyce Nordmeyer Darryl & Tracy Nordquist Norma L. Washburn Trust and Frank M. Washburn Trust Northwest Pipe Fittings Jerry & Joyce Ochsner Rennae O’Connor Rod & Mary Odenbach Joshua & Michelle Ohrtman Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Jeffery Oldham Austin & Sara Olivier Hannah Olson Jami Olson Jane Olson Roy & Mary Olson Bev & Orville Osheim Paddy O’Neills

David & Beverly Page Sheila Palmieri Daniel & Nancy Parriott Jeff & Katrina Partridge Marluce Patterson Eugene & Anna Mae Paul Mary Paulsen Paystubz Howard & Carol Pearson Bob & Lynda Perceval Brian & Frances Peterson Dale & Nancy Peterson Jerry & Elaine Peterson Linda & Bruce Peterson Patricia J. Petit Heather Pickering Janet & Ron Pickering Louise Piper Pirates Cove Adventure Golf Randell & Brenda Pitts Ty & Terra Marie Pivonka Patricia Ploof Harold & Sue Plooster Robert & Victoria Pollock Lesli Pond Dennis Popp Marilyn Pourier The Powder Horn Golf Course Gayle & Bruce Prentice Press Start (Puzzleroo Arcades) Pressure Services, Inc. Project Solutions, Inc. David & Lisa Pustejovsky Qdoba Mexican Grill Candace Randen Kelly & Lisa Rang Marjorie & Donald Range Rapid City Does Drove #33 Rapid City Rush Professional Hockey Chadwick & Katrina Ratigan RBC Wealth Management Alyssa Record Lisa Redlin Westlake Dr. & Mrs. Ronald & Marian Reed Timothy & Joan Renelt RESPEC Consulting Rest Assured, LLC John & Lorraine Reule Leonard & Margaret Reynolds Jessica Rhodes Donald & Phyllis Rice Tuesday & Hannah Riley Riverfront Broadcasting Deb Rivisto Michael & Deb Roach Keith & Shawna Robbennolt Robert A. & Ann I. Winegar Family Trust Jeanne Roberts Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory David & Jody Roeber John Rogers Maxwell & Donna Rollins Colleen Ronning Wayne & Dorothy Rosby Robert Rosenquist & Dr. Marcia Beshara Jerry & Marlene Ross Lois Rossum Dr. Susan Roth

Kristina Roth Chuck & Sybil Rounds Rushmore Hotel & Suites Evan Ryan Ryan & Jennifer Ryder Brad & Karri Saathoff Donald & Darlene Saathoff Joe & Toni Sabrowski Don & Mary Sachs Sander Sanitation Jason Sanders Shian & Steven Sandman Randall & Linda Sartorius Josh Sawyer Marlene Scandrett Greg & Karen Schaefer Theresa Schaefer Ed & Peggy Schaeffer Scot & Lori Schara Charlotte Schaub Robert & Debra Schaub Scheels All Sports Richard & Eva Scheiber Jeanette Scherr Rand & Karen Schleusener Neal & Susan Schlottman Ashley Schnell & Chris Christianson Jim & Jackie Schnittgrund Tammy Schnittgrund Jack & Rhonda Schock Jacki Schoenrock Darrell & Deanna Schrader Steve & Helen Schroeder James & Arletta Schuh Nick Schwan Annette Schweiss Greg & Melissa Schweiss Scull Construction Seco Construction, Inc. Security First Bank Dave & Patricia Seefeldt Ed & Peg Seljeskog Merlyn Sell Tom & Linda Senesac Sentinel Federal Credit Union Grant & Andrea Serna Joel Severson Andrew & LaRece Lien Shattuck Sara Sheeler Frank Short Larry & Linda Sietsema Dr. Matt & Lynn Simmons David & Valerie Simpson Ronald C. Simpson Simpsons Printing Donald & Susan Sirois Greg & Cindi Slack Jim & Paula Slack Vernon & Carolyn Slack Dorothy Slingsby Slingsby & Huot Eye Care Center, LLC Cathy Lee Slink Burton & Jacqueline Sly Katie Smirnova Lavera Smith Ashley Smith SNEW Roofing John Soder South Dakota Arts Council South Dakota Trust Company, LLC Kim & John Sova

Michael & Adalia Sova Margret Sovig Special Olympics Rapid City Flame Special Olympics South Dakota Jane & Steve Springer Douglas & Starr Stadler Michael & Nancy Statz Neal & Gayle Steiger Patrice Steinman Nancy Stephenson Melinda Sterling Cindy Stolte Brown & Cason Brown Jeff & Sandi Stone Wes & Gladys Storm Michael & Onita Stout Kathleen Strain Darcie Strehlow Tom & Sue Striegel Nick & Elizabeth Stroot David Stuck Elaine & Clair Stymiest Jennifer Suich Frank John & Kathryn Sundby Dr. Willis & Patricia Sutliff Joan Sutton Adolph & Donna Svoboda Doris Swaney & Brenda Patzlaff Mary Swanson Michael Sweeney & Marisa Guerin Synchrony Financial John & Patricia Tanner Heather Taube Meredith Taylor Ralph & Marcia Taylor Mike & Bonnie Tennyson Tennyson Family Foundation Thirsty’s David & Joanne Thomas Alyssa Thompson Linda Thompson Pat & Kari Thompson Andy Thorstenson Thrash’s Living Art Studio, Inc. Tidal Wave Auto Spa AK Tinant Tinder Box Richard G. Tinker Ashley Tinsley Richard & Marlene Tobias Jeanne Tople Mike & Ruth Towey Tona Tribby Kelsey & Aaron Trimble Clayton & Cheryl Trulson Bob & Ranae Truman Michael & Mary Trykoski Deann Tschetter John & Dawna Tsitrian Callie Tysdal Upper Deck Architects James & Kelli Van Norman

Michele Vanuden & Mary Jane Watson Vast Broadband Ken & Pam Venjohn Josette Verzani-Schuh Kaye Vincent Joe J. Volesky Brooke K. Voorhees Voss Distributing, LLC Charles & Ellen Waldner Cheryl Walker Walmart Paul & Barbara Warren Kathleen Waters Connie Weber Robert & Susan Weber C.B. Wehrle Beverly Weinmaster Fred Weishaupl Paul & Becky Weller Kent & Martha Wells Vesta Wells Johnson West River Electric Pat Wheaton Susan Wheeler Chance Whelchel Dorothy Whisler Jim & Paulette White Terry & David Whiting Allyson Wiblemo Dean & Marjorie Wiedebush Claudia Wieland-Randall Tyler & Tara Wilcox Wilfred & Margaret Rasmussen Memorial Trust Trevor & Rhonda Williams Joyce Williamson Lindsay & Brad Willits James & Lana Wilson Sarah Wilson The Wilson Family Wilson Family Fund of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation Rick & Cindy Wineteer Pamela Winkler Ginger Wintemute Brad Winter & Clayton Reis Gregory & Nancy Witcher Thomas & Betty Woodden Betty Woods & Linda Emery Ben & Amanda Wright Janet Wright Jerome & Patricia Wright Stanley & Kathleen Wright Joan Yeash Lanaya Young Marshall & Brenda Young Joe Zacher Michael & Loni Zebill Thomas & Sharon Zeller Zion Lutheran Church, School & Preschool Chapel Offering

T H A N K YO U D O N O R S DONORS | 2021 Impact Report

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Because of your support, solutions were created by our Assistive Technology team in 2021, helping the people we support live, work, and play in our community. These solutions cost on average just

$44 per person! Thank you!

Shad Bebout loves researching technology that contributes to his independence. Your gifts have created opportunities for Shad to live independently and maintain his job.

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PARTNERSHIP TAKES ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO NEXT LEVEL While exploring sponsorship opportunities for 2021, Shon Anderson, CEO of B9Creations, wanted to find a way that Black Hills Works and B9Creations could collaborate. “Black Hills Works does so many wonderful things, how can you not want to be a part of that?,” asked Shon. B9Creations is a 3D printing company that strives to improve lives through technology. In addition to donating a printer, B9Creations also donated staff time and interns to train our Assistive Technology team to develop customized assistive devices. This collaboration also provided a neat opportunity for B9 staff and interns to be introduced to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and carry this new awareness forward when working with other business clients. “With this 3D printer and training, we now have the resources in house to individualize affordable solutions to better meet the needs of the people we support,” said Tammy Murner, Director of Innovation & Technology. “We are so grateful to B9Creations for its generosity and partnership. Together we are changing lives!”

DAY SERVICES DONE DIFFERENTLY No one wants to repeat COVID, but this disruption did force change, some of which taught us how to do things better. One of those changes is to how we deliver day services. Pre -COVID, educational programming took place in classrooms. During COVID, these large gatherings were not safe. As a result, day services moved to homes or outside, an approach that proved to be more person-centered.

HOW YOU HELPED! The supplies and activity fees for day programming are possible thanks to private donations. Gift cards and financial donations from our community help ensure meaningful opportunities each and every day. Thank you!

L-R: Chloe and Jackie take a break from learning to enjoy the Stock Show.

“This new service delivery is flexible, allowing individuals even more opportunity to choose activities that are meaningful to them and their personal goals,” said Amy Speidel, Director of Learning Institute. Day programming, which has always included educational classes and activities, is now designed for smaller groups of people. This instruction and related activities such as swimming, music, arts, crafts, games, cooking, personal hygiene, visits to the library, museums, and the stock show engage hearts, minds, and bodies. The smaller group sizes make each experience personalized and meaningful.

“The community’s support for this new approach has been tremendous,” said Amy. “Our community is so inclusive and welcoming of the people we support, and the supplies and activity fees are only possible due to private donations. I’m grateful, but the smiles of those we support is so much more meaningful. Thank you!” SPECIALTY SERVICES | 2021 Impact Report

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GRANT MAKES CONNECTING TO LIFE EASIER! Of the many services that Black Hills Works provides, transportation is the service that connects the people we support to many of their activities, like medical appointments, work, shopping, recreation, and day services. Most transportation costs, such as vehicles, maintenance, fuel, and even public transportation, are only possible due to the generosity of our community. Richard and Bonnie enjoying a trip out. Transportation coordination, however, just got easier thanks to a generous grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF). With their help, we were able to launch TripMaster, a program that provides the people we support and their staff a way to request rides, similar to how Uber works. In the first month alone, fifty-five people supported in three homes have requested 292 rides. A fourth home will be added soon.

“We are working to ensure everyone is trained and comfortable with this new opportunity to schedule rides,” said John Meyer, Black Hills Works Transportation Coordinator. “The people we support will enjoy greater independence and more opportunities, and staff will have more time to focus on the important work they do in homes. I’m grateful to SDCF for helping make this possible.” Because of you, SDCF, and our community, hundreds of people with disabilities will have much more control and ability to contribute to the Rapid City community as friends, employees, neighbors, consumers, and volunteers – a priceless gift to those we support!


36 people we support use Dial-A-Ride (DAR) to get to work 18, 792 DAR one -way trips per year $90 per month for DAR per rider 62 employees support our troops at Ellsworth Air Force Base $125 per month to get to and from Ellsworth Air Force Base 84,983 base miles traveled 292 TripMaster rides [ 16 ] Black Hills Works | TRANSPORTATION



119 Vehicles

29 Wheelchair accessible 858, 762 647 Your donations support vehicle adaptations, creating opportunities for Dana Peniska and his friends to get to work, appointments, and fun in the community.


In-house repairs and maintenance,

at a cost savings of


$80 per hour.

Public transportation rides TRANSPORTATION | 2021 Impact Report [ 17 ]



76% of our staff provided direct support

126 Employees received

leadership development for professional certification and credentialing

Join us



10 19 24 32 38 46 107

Tourism/Hotel Medical Restaurant Maintenance Retail/Grocery Non-Profit/Business Support Military Essential Support Staff

[ 18 ] Black Hills Works | WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Tiffany Bosanco is a great employee! Your generosity has created opportunities for Tiffany to get to her job at Xanterra at Mount Rushmore.


Joey and Blaze at EchoWorks!

In recognition for its positive environmental impact, EchoWorks, part of Black Hills Works, earned a 2021 Sustainability Award from the Rapid City Sustainability Committee. EchoWorks employs two people with disabilities. Since January 2020, they have collected more than 100,000 pounds of old electronics, diverting tons of toxic waste from the Rapid City landfill!

EchoWorks’ success is only possible due to wonderful partnerships with Western Dakota Tech and 15 businesses, plus the tremendous support of members of our community who have recycled with EchoWorks. Thank you!

PROUD EMPLOYER SEES DJ’S POTENTIAL DJ Davis has been part of the Black Hills Works family since 1988. Since day one, DJ has been working hard to develop new skills and secure employment.

DJ with co-worker Delfina Cruz.

To help with this, he participated in Discovery Works, which provides both classroom and onthe -job training. He was persistent and had a great attitude during this process.

In October of 2021, DJ and his Black Hills Works Employment Support Specialist visited Wall Meats and spoke with Ken Charfauros and Janet Niehaus. They thought creatively about their needs and where DJ’s interest and skills would fit best. DJ started making labels for meat packages as they were filled by the butchers and quickly moved on to preparing the boxes for customers’ orders. DJ loves his job! He feels valued and respected by the Wall Meats team. He knows he is making a great impact for the business and he is warmly welcomed by his co-workers and customers. Way to go, DJ, and thank you, Wall Meats!


276 people with disabilities are employed by 63 proud employers in our community.

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2021 WAS A WILD RIDE! Even so, thanks to your generosity, the people we support enjoyed meaningful connections with their community, ensuring that their lives were filled with opportunity. Because of you, we are filled with optimism and hope for 2022.

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