Robert Epps, Sr. and Mary Grimme Epps Co Founders/Operations
356 SD Hgwy 44 PO. Box #321
Wanblee, SD 57577
Jerome and Theresa High Horse
356 SD Hgwy 44 PO Box 321
Wanblee, SD 57577
The Lakota word for "children" "wakanyeja" comes for the word "wakan" which means sacred. That's what young people are, they are sacred to their families sacred to their tribes and sacred to the Nation. Projects that FWT engages in keeps this in mind and centers around providing safe housing, supplying adequate food and clothing, providing nurturing and positive activities, promoting education. We believe "it takes a village to raise a child and we are all part of the bigger village."
Work began on our community building in the summer of 2016 On Sept. 2, 2018 we had open house and building dedication. Even though we have not completed all the work we still run programs from this community building.
We are asking for financial help to complete this project as many of our programs are dependent on the completion of this much needed community building.
Please read the entire description on the page titled Proposed New Building.
How can you help?
1. Making a monetary donation.
2. Donating new or very gently used items. (Furniture, pots & pans, blankets, dishes, etc.)
3. Support for the sewing center, (Fabric, thread, sewing machines & needles, sewing equipment)
4. Food for weekend food packs for school aged children
5. Volunteering your time and come out to visit us. Take action to help eradicate the poverty that exists on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Robert Olson, C.P.A.
4606 Shore Acres Road
Monona, WI 53716
©2013 Copyright. Families Working Together
This year is bringing many positive changes to our work on the reservation. With support from many people like yourself we were able to continue work on the community building. We packed and provided over 1450 weekend meals to school children during the last school year. We are starting that same program in Sept. We provided food to the Lakota College for over 1200 lunches. We passed out school clothes and supplies, personal hygiene items, diapers and baby food, blankets, food, furniture, household supplies to just list a few. We have many plans in the making for this coming year. If you would like to help us with these positive changes, please consider a financial tax deductible donation to the organization. Information for donating is here on our web site or send a message for additional information. On behalf of the families on the reservation, thank you in advance.
ERADICATING POVERTY ONE FAMILY AND ONE RESERVATION AT A TIME
The following testimonials were given by local Lakota residents:
Mildred said: "My house in now looking like a home thanks to all the donations that have been given to me."
Unnamed local resident stated: "I am a 65 year old Lakota woman (on a fixed income) with five grandchildren who appreciates and thanks you for the food donations. I'm glad people like you are out there. God Bless"
Families Working Together (FWT) a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in October 2013 with headquarters in South Dakota focuses on supporting and strengthening families on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Working directly from Wanblee, South Dakota, FWT promotes the improvement of the Oglala Lakota People with an emphasis on empowering individuals to become self-sufficient.