Keeping Warm During the Winter Months

South Dakota winters can be very harsh and many families suffer through, unable to pay the high costs of propane to keep their homes heated. Appropriate shelter is one of the most basic human needs and the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has created the Heat Assistance Program to help families stay on top of their heating bills during the winter months.

Through this emergency program, families may request a matching grants to help cover the cost of propane when they most need it. Our Family Services Coordinator processes the requests and works with the local gas department to ensure that the family receives assistance as soon as possible.

This program has been a wonderful resource for community families and, knowing how tough it can be to receive support, has even inspired some recipients to “pay it forward.” One of our members, after receiving assistance from another source, donated $25 to our heat assistance program for another family in need. This type of philanthropy from families in need is truly touching and a wonderful example of how one’s mind can be opened to the idea of helping others after having been on the receiving end of a kind act.

The program is sponsored with a grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth®.