The Manderson Safe House
Donna and Billy Jumping Eagle, who work closely with ONE Spirit, have a safe home for up to 20 children that is a safe place for Lakota children to live if they are not able to stay at home. Kids come to the safe house for various reasons: no available space in a house where their parents live - often up to 20 people in a small house - or social problems such as drugs, alcohol, or violence, in the environment.
At the Manderson Safe House these kids are nurtured, encouraged/required to stay in school, grounded in their culture by the elders - grandparents come in and tell stories in the oral tradition. Children living there go on horse-camping experiences and they are taught to take care of horses, a very important part of their culture. In short, these kids are given a lot of care and a lot of love. However, the kids are not taken away from their families. Their parents know they are there and know they are safe. They can see their parents and their family but they have the care they need. Some of these children stay in this safe house for many years.
Through our Food Program ONE Spirit provides food for this home. We provide clothing and supplies they need for the house (e.g., beds), equipment for camping (e.g., sleeping bags), school supplies, special items and gifts for holiday times. We in ONE Spirit are working to replicate this valuable program in many other areas across the reservation.