We are a four year old grassroots community organization that came together in 2010 due to the vision of our founder, Georgia Little Shield, a long-time community activist and former director of the only women's shelter on the Standing Rock Reservation, Pretty Bird Woman House. Georgia felt that nobody on the Cheyenne River Reservation should go hungry, and that the children should be properly nurtured.
In 2011 we formed a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Our first step was creating a food pantry, which we first ran out of a small, borrowed trailer. Beginning last spring, thanks to the generosity of the Daily Kos blogger community, we were able to move a double wide trailer donated by the Tribe into Isabel and hook up utilities and buy groceries to hold pantry days.
Tragically, in the spring of 2012 Georgia suddenly died. Though shocked and saddened, the board decided to continue with her mission of helping the community, and so we continued to raise money. Last summer donors made it possible for us to buy air conditioners, a refrigerator, internet service, and a regular supply of groceries. Someone also sent us a brand new laptop computer. Two intrepid Daily Kos bloggers kept up the campaign all summer, so that we also received enough monetary and material donations to provide over one hundred children with school supplies this fall.
Two other organizations also sent us supplies ranging from a lot of furniture, appliances and clothing, to palates of food.
Because of all of this, hundreds of people began to depend on our organization, and we were granted money from the Tribe to hire a shelter director, pay for utilities and buy some of the groceries. We have not received the funds yet, and continue to be a work in progress, we are now on firm footing with sustainable funding and an excellent flow of donations from our friends at the Netroots.
We are just beginning to implement our goals and dreams for the community, beginning with the operation of the pantry. We will keep you posted on the development of additional education and youth programs.
Georgia Little Shield founded the pantry with this vision: that nobody should ever go hungry on the Cheyenne River Reservation and that the youth should grow up to be healthy adults free from the current scourges on the reservation: suicide, alcoholism, drugs, gangs and low educational attainment.
We aim to fulfill these goals through partnerships that help people move towards independence, maintain pride and dignity, and realize their potential.
Our mission is to provide and coordinate services with courtesy and respect for each other and for the well being and protection of the residents in our community. These services are provided through partnerships that help people move towards independence, maintain pride and dignity and realize their potential.
Our community organization is dedicated to improving the health, educational attainment, human welfare, and opportunities for youth, adults and families in Isabel, as well as overall nutritional welfare.
Through collaborative partnerships with families, community, and agency resources, we wish to provide a continuum of supportive human services based on an individualized comprehensive assessment of family strengths and needs. We strive to: