Foundation awards $350,000 for foster homes, apartments in Black Hills

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The John T. Vucurevich Foundation has pledged a $350,000 grant to Abbott House to build two therapeutic foster homes and independent living apartments for youth in foster care and young adults aging out of foster care.

The Abbott House helps young people heal from trauma and learn the skills necessary to become successful adults. It opened its first therapeutic foster home in 2002 and has since added independent living apartments and a support program for young adults.

Also, this week James Scull, the owner of Scull Construction, and Hani Shafi, of Dream Design International, hosted a reception in Rapid City to announce the official start of a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign for the Abbott House. The event Wednesday evening included a check presentation from the South Dakota Community Foundation, according to a news release.

"I am excited to be part of this campaign and work," Scull said. "Our children need to know they are valued and supported in this community."

The Abbott House plans to build two additional therapeutic foster family homes in Rapid City. Each home will have six bedrooms with one home designated to serve boys ages 10 to 17 and another designated for girls ages 10 to 17. These homes will provide expanded “close to home” foster care to children and their families in the Black Hills region.

In addition, each home will include independent living apartments with supported living environments for youth 18 years and older. Two of the two-bedroom apartments will be made available to females; two of the two-bedroom apartments will be for males.

Abbott House opened two therapeutic foster homes in the Black Hills in 2015-2016.

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation has agreed to have Abbott House match its gift with $100,000 from other donors, with a deadline of July 15. 

Abbott House has three Bridges Therapeutic Foster Homes in Mitchell and two in Rapid City. Anyone with an interest in becoming a foster parent may contact Abbott House at or 996-248

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