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Volume 61 | No. 3 | Fall 2018

Billings, Montana


ulia looks like your average fourteen-year-old girl, yet she’s seen and experienced a lifetime of pain and suffering during her short life. Julia suffers from major depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder as result of the abuse and neglect she experienced while in her parents’ care. Rather than protect her from harm, they exposed her to dangers and risky behaviors. At the tender age of five years old, she was removed from her parents and placed into state custody because of her parents’ substance abuse and neglect. Julia was bounced from one foster home to another over the years, occasionally returning to her parents’ care, but always removed again within a month or two.

Julia often felt suicidal and hopeless and used substances as a coping mechanism for her sadness.

YBGR taught me a lot of things... how bad drugs and alcohol are for your system, health, and your relationships. I feel better. I realized I don’t want to be that way (under the influence). I want better for myself.

“Drugs messed up my family,” Julia revealed to her therapist. Julia’s own downward spiral into drugs and alcohol was swift. She rapidly went from trying them as a way to cope with her pain to being intoxicated, blacking out, and becoming ill several times a week. What started as a way to “numb the pain,” quickly turned her world upside down and out of control as she began “experiencing cravings all the time” for drugs.


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A Chat with the Foundation President A Message from YBGR’s CEO

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YBGR is happy to report after nine months of chemical dependency treatment at YBGR, Julia has successfully completed treatment. “At first it was hard, but then I realized I needed to get clean to have a future,” she said with a proud smile. YBGR’s chemical dependency treatment helps youth to see their world under a different light, offering each of them help, hope, and recovery.

Julia’s warning to other youth who are using substances to cope with feelings and abuse is, “Drugs aren’t going to be the best way to help yourself. It’s not going to make it better, it’s only going to make it worse. The best way is to realize there are people to help.” The future looks bright for Julia as she strives to graduate from high school, making her the first person in her immediate family to reach this important milestone. She aims to go to college and become a social worker, as well help other foster care kids and maybe someday become a foster parent herself.

New Play Structures New Year, Fresh Start

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Tuesdays on the Town Memorials


Donation Needs Montana’s Children Need You Now



hen farmers, ranchers, landlords and other business owners begin to think about retirement, it is not unusual for them to feel overwhelmed at the gaping tax bite they face. The adverse tax consequences triggered at the sale of their life’s work can be paralyzing, causing them to put off the sale of that farm, those old mother cows or that apartment building for another year. And then another. Before long, life’s circumstances begin making decisions for you. For decades, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation has worked with donors and their tax, legal and financial advisors to help evaluate whether a charitable solution might be a good complement to a well-structured retirement plan. A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) can minimize taxes on the sale of appreciated land, buildings, rentals and other business assets. When these types of properties are transferred to a CRT before a sale, they can be sold by the Trust without incurring capital gains taxes. After the sale, the full earning power of the asset goes to work for the donor, paying a lifetime of income and leaving a wonderful and perpetual legacy of helping hurting children at the donor’s passing. When the time comes to sell the final calf crop or the wheat in the field, a carefully planned CRT will avoid the ordinary income tax otherwise payable upon the sale (usually at the highest tax rates!) and will allow the full sales proceeds to be invested for lifetime income, usually taxed at much lower rates over many years. When the


donors pass away, any funds remaining in the Trust go to the noble charitable cause of helping troubled youth when they need it the most. Retiring business owners usually face yet another adverse tax hit when they sell their machinery and other business equipment which they have depreciated over the years. Those tax breaks taken during the “earning years” come back to haunt the businessman at retirement. Significant income tax is triggered upon the sale of depreciated personal property – a taxable event known as “recapture.” When the combine (or copy machine, as the case may be) is contributed to a charitable trust and then sold, the recapture of depreciation is avoided, and no income tax is due. These are only a few of the interesting ideas in estate planning that we enjoy reviewing with donors and their advisors at Yellowstone Foundation. We always look forward to brainstorming the tax-savings possibilities when a charitable solution is one of the ingredients of a well-planned, and well-earned, retirement. If it is time to retire and the tax consequences are troubling, call us to see if we can help. We offer personalized calculations and illustrations, always without charge or obligation. We’ve learned over many years that we can best help troubled children by helping donors along the way – a “win-win” solution in anyone’s book! Be sure to visit Yellowstone Foundation’s website often to view real estate, investment properties, equipment and other assets taken into trust and offered for sale –

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The Harvest Is Plenty, but the Workers Are Few A

s I walk through the YBGR campus today, the air feels crisp, and the trees are just beginning to have a hint of fall color in them. By the time you read this, fall will probably be here in full, and we will be looking to the sky, keeping an eye out for the first major snowstorm that always seems to sneak up on us before we are ready. Fall is my favorite season, and I look forward to it every year. I’m excited about autumn leaves, comfy flannel shirts, cool sunny days and long, bright starry nights. It brings back memories of home, family and growing up in the west. Unfortunately, the fall season doesn’t always bring back happy memories for everyone. For some of our kids at YBGR, fall means back to school – where they struggle academically and don’t fit in. For others, it is the end of long summer days and the ability to escape from abusive environments. And for some of our kids, fall reminds them that winter is coming, and of long, cold and sometimes hungry nights. For these kids, YBGR is a safe haven. At our school, Yellowstone Academy, many kids find the success that they never had in a ‘regular’ school. For kids in our residential program, they find ways to understand and cope with the trauma they have experienced. And for How sweet it is! The first batch of honey is ready.

kids in our community based services, they find safety and warmth, and the support that they so desperately need. I am grateful to be a part of an organization like YBGR that does such meaningful and important work. Fall is also harvest time. I am reminded of the verse “the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.” The type of work that YBGR does requires very special people. People who have very specific skills and temperaments. People who are called to our mission “Caring People Preparing Youth for Life.” Very few people are equipped to work at YBGR, and of those few who are equipped, not everyone is willing to dedicate themselves and make the sacrifices that this type of work demands. I am so grateful for those that do. I am thankful for you all as well. Without your financial and prayer support, YBGR could not continue doing this important work. Thank you all. During the fall season, please keep our kids in your prayers. Pray for their safety and healing. And keep the YBGR staff in your prayers as well. Pray for patience, wisdom and peace. And pray that God would continue to send us more of them. The new ropes course has brought hours of fun and teamwork.

Lazy days by the pool.

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The new playgrounds allow imaginations to run wild in Lewistown and Livingston.

New Play Structures Until recently, two of YBGR’s regional offices lacked a playground and dedicated space for children to experience the joy that comes from play. Because of Yellowstone’s generous donors, YBGR’s children are able to access play structures and connect with childhood in a way that will help provide resiliency and healthy coping methods.


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YBGR makes learning fun!

All eyes are on Mr. Klempel as he explains the vocatoional lesson for the day.

New Year, Fresh Start Each August, the doors of Yellowstone Academy (YA) open wide, welcoming a new year filled with hope and possibility for the close to 70 youth that spend their days learning in the classrooms. Students are eager to dive into classroom assignments and projects, fresh off a two-week summer break. YA offers year-round school as a way to help students catch up in the areas they struggle in, as well as tend to their mental health needs in a structured and safe environment. The sounds of laughter and high fives once again filled the hallways, bringing comfort to the kids and staff.

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Fresh paint helps the plaza sparkle and shine!


aith Chapel and the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch partnered to offer an evening of service and fellowship on the beautiful campus grounds of YBGR. Volunteers from Faith Chapel along with staff from the Ranch worked alongside each other to tackle projects on campus that needed some TLC. Those areas included scraping and painting, planting flowers and weeding, along with removing Russian Olive trees from the banks of the creek running through campus. Tuesdays on the Town is Faith Chapel’s local outreach program in the community. Partnerships like these allow community volunteers to experience the beauty and serenity that encompass the 400 hundred acre campus. A special thanks to the Faith Chapel volunteers who dedicated their evening to make the campus a beautiful place for YBGR’s youth to relax and heal.


Love blooms where flowers are planted.

With over 400 acres to maintain, volunteers make it possible.

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COOKIE BJORGEN Connie Meyer ELDON BLUMER June Seelye LARRY X. BLUMER Lee & Helen Harris June Seelye EVELYN BROADUS Mark & Sara TaiaFerro JAN BUTOROVICH Lynnette Downs & Jen Downs Taber of 3 North Bar & Grill JIM COOPER Bruce & Debi Williams WAYNE DEUBNER Kurt & Sandra Alme Beverly Hancock Arlie & Judy Lauridsen David & Heather Ohs Jim & Linda Soft John & Linda Sorensen KATY DOROW Jim & Linda Soft JAMES E. FRANK Edna Frank Dunker Robert L. Dunker Raymond A. Frank

JANE GARNETT Jim & Linda Soft HAROLD F. GROGAN R.E. Miller & Sons DARLENE HEPPERLE Delbert & Alice Kay Schweigert WALT HOLLE Rob, Sheila and Ashley Chouinard ROBERT HOUSE Bill & Pat Barringer FRANK “FROG” HULL R.E. Miller & Sons JAMES M. HUNTER Gene & Sally Gligorea JO LOU KNOLL Ernie & Fran Cummins MARY ANN LARSEN Bill & Patricia Barringer Hilde Lambrecht Michelle LambrechtFuller KAREN LEBAHN Bob & Janet Progua JERRY LEE Joanne Beery

BECKY LOWE Joseph Schultz IRV LOZIER Veronica Johnson JUNE LUNDQUIST PIERCE Laura Lundquist & Lee Hardy Jim & Linda Soft BETTY LOIS MALLOW Dick & Stacy Goins Rick & Marla Hardt Curtis Johnson Linda Snider SHERRI OVERTON Donna Quick GENE PEARL Rob, Sheila and Ashley Chouinard NEIL “PETE” PETERSON Dave Pickett KAY PORTER Jim & Dee Dee Lane BEULAH PUGH Lee C. Harris DEBRA RABBE John & Linda Sorensen

Memorial Listings June 16, 2018 - September 15, 2018 A special word of thanks to all donors listed here who support Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation through their memorial gifts.

CLYDE ROWLAND Carol Smith & Clan CHRISSY SIEFKE Shari & Carl Baltrusch ELVIA STOCKTON Ron Ahlgren BOBBY E. STONE “UNKER BOB” The Baltrusch Family: Carl & Shari Carl J.R. & Linda Chad & Lisa Tod & Lisa Shannon & Jack

BRYAN STROH Rob Balsam & Joe Icenogle Brandon & Rebekah Conrad Honey DeFord Bret & Jacque Stroh BETTY WATTS Gary Armstrong Phyllis Benedetti Sitzman

IN HONOR OF: HANNAH FORSGREN Lizbeth Winford MARK & SANDI SLOAN Sloan Family Foundation GERALD YOUNG Connie Meyer

Memorial and Honor Gifts Form Amount: $

Given by Address City





IN HONOR OF: Name City


For: Send cards to:

Please send me Memorial Forms: (

booklets of six) (

pads of 25)

Mail to: YBGR Foundation, P.O. Box 80807, Billings, MT 59108

The zipline is a hit with the kids!

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Memorial gifts can also be made online at


Did you know that you can help make a difference in the lives of over 600 children served daily at YBGR by making a gift to one or more of the following needs?

Food Pantry

Many of the children that YBGR serves in their homes and at school are experiencing hunger. They don’t have access to the quality food that their bodies require to learn, heal, and grow.

School Supplies

Being equipped with a backpack, pencils, paper and other supplies, ensures that each child will have what they need to learn, as well as catch up to their peers.

Lodge Repair and Improvements

YBGR strives to provide a safe and warm environment in each of the residential lodges. With over 70 children living in YBGR’s care, there are always maintenance and repairs needed to the place they call home.

Spiritual Life Program

YBGR believes in treating the mind, body, and spirit of the child. Each youth has the option to participate in the Spiritual Life Program, where they can attend chapel service, youth group, Young Life Summer and Winter Camp, as well as meet with a Spiritual Life Director.

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Montana’s Children Need You Now Over 4,000 children in Montana are in desperate need of a foster care home. Currently less than 1,100 homes are available to help these children. Montana is in a severe foster care crisis. To learn more about YBGR’s Therapeutic Foster Care program call 406-222-6490 or visit

Remember Us in Your Will

and Leave a Lasting Legacy By naming Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation in your will, you can guarantee that your legacy of caring for troubled and abused children will continue for generations to come. FIXED AMOUNT: I give the sum of $ Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation.


SPECIFIC PROPERTY: I give my to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation. PERCENTAGE OF REMAINDER: I give % of the remainder of my estate to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation.

To update your mailing address, please call Justin at 406-656-8772 or email us at Official publication of Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation P.O. Box 80807 | Billings, MT 59108 Editor: Heather Ohs | Managing Editor/Author: Anya Mohr Photography: Anya Mohr

CONTINGENCY: In the event does not survive me, I give to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation.

These samples are suggestions only. Legal documents should always be prepared by your attorney. Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation’s legal address is 2050 Overland Avenue, P.O. Box 80807, Billings, Montana 59108. Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Gifts are tax deductible.

Wrangler: 2018 Fall  

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation newsletter.

Wrangler: 2018 Fall  

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation newsletter.