The Children's Home Society began serving people of South Dakota more than a century ago. Now, the group is beginning work on a new project called the Training Institute.
"We see ourselves doing so in responding to child abuse and responding to domestic violence. We really just, as a part of our vision and a part of where we want to go in the future, we just know we need to do more in the area of prevention," Development Director at the Children's Home Society Rick Weber said.
The Training Institute will look at prevention programs across the country to find what strategy will work best in South Dakota.
Grant money from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation is now making this idea a reality.
"Every year we have a very big fundraising party in the spring. And about a third of that money goes for an immediate grant. So we look for something very special to fund," President of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Candy Hanson said.
Thanks to the City Blossom grant, Children's home will receive $50,000.
"Children's Home Society has a great track record in our state of really nurturing people and children and women and sometimes men when they get involved in these kinds of situations. So, we knew that they had the background to do it. And when they decided to work up stream, we said that really is a bingo," Hanson said.
The money will help pay for a new program development director. This person will be responsible for finding and communicating new ideas to make violence prevention a top priority for the Children's Home Society across the state.
"We all need to work together to collaborate more. And together we can make a difference," Weber said.
The grant project will run from July 1 of 2014 through June 30 of 2015.