One Spirit is desperately in need of several people who can help with communications, i.e. newsletters, social media, website, publicity material, graphic design, administrative (office) duties, etc.
We also need someone who can work closely with the Allen Youth Center to create a website that will serve both the Center and the Community. It is our hope that this person can help to train a couple of young people to help maintain the website.
Director, One Spirit
We seem to be living in an era fraught with many emergencies.
Some are more serious than others, some are more real than others and, depending on one’s point of view, pose potential catastrophes. From political upheaval and polarization to international affairs to climate issues that may render everything else moot, and on and on: if you are not concerned, you are not paying attention.
On the Pine Ridge Reservation in the heart of a brutal winter, with some food aid cut off owing to governmental issues, shortages of fuel for heat, massive unemployment and hopelessness, drug and alcohol problems, the emergencies closest to home are real, dangerous, and immediate.
Last month we delivered more than 600 boxes of food to families across the Reservation. In addition, there were so many people coming to the distribution center that the line ran from the middle of this large building completely out the door. We ran out of food. More was ordered and picked up on Monday with delivery attempted to more than 70 homes during a snow storm and below zero temperatures.
In addition to the regular food distribution, we are providing food for hot meals several times a week at the Allen Youth Center. Jennifer Richards, the Program Director, reports that every time the door opens the kids come in and are looking for food.
Winter is far from over in South Dakota and there are many more families asking for firewood to stay warm. The temperature is up to 1* as of this writing.