We Asked, They Answered: Parents Voice Why They Choose St. Joseph’s

Listen to parents and guardians tell why they’ve chosen St. Joseph’s Indian School for their kids in this video.

If you were unable to care for your child who was being tempted by peers and community influences to do drugs and alcohol or join a gang, where would you turn?

Perhaps you have a long list of people you could turn to. But for parents living on reservations, that’s not always the case.

Thanks to you, that’s where we come in.

St. Joseph’s Indian School is a saving grace for so many parents and guardians. At our school their needs are met. They’re safe, with some distance between them and the things that could push them into a downward spiral.

But, that’s not the only reason parents make the decision for their children to attend St. Joseph’s. Here are 7 more:

One mother, who is also a St. Joseph’s alumna, opened up about why she decided her kids should follow in her footsteps and attend St. Joseph’s.

“I don’t want my kids to be another statistic. I want them far away from the gang mentality and the drug use that young kids seem to get involved in,” she said. “I want my kids to have stability, a schedule, discipline, and to be held accountable for their actions.”

That mother is not alone. So many of our parents and guardians shared similar sentiments, like this one:

“I am really pleased with how much St. Joseph’s has brought my granddaughter out of her shell. I have noticed her learning so many new things, being independent and being exposed to privileges that I cannot afford on my own.”

We don’t take caring for these precious children lightly and we’re proud so many reasons show up on that list. We’re dedicated to doing everything we can to educate the entire student – mind, body, heart and spirit … and it’s all possible because of generous supporters who open their hearts and bless our mission.

To continue doing our great work, we are looking for 100 people like you to choose St. Joseph’s. 

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25

Pilamayathank you – for supporting programs for the Lakota (Sioux) children at St. Joseph’s.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

4 thoughts on “We Asked, They Answered: Parents Voice Why They Choose St. Joseph’s”

  1. Amen. Parents who care……”Raise up a child in the way he should go…..”

    1. Thanks, James! Many of our students have caring parents and it’s that caring that leads them to want more for their children, and why they reach out to our school. We’re very blessed!

  2. I received a letter from Richard. I would like to see him. He was not on the Christmas Wish List page. Was this computer generated? If not, I would like to be able to send him a direct reply. Thank you, Deborah

    1. Hi Deborah! That letter was genuine and not computer generated. All letters you receive in the mail are written by students who attend our school. We do not encourage personal gifts or letters for one specific child because it leads to the exclusion of others. If we allowed this, some of the children, such as those that are featured in our mailings, could have more attention and special treatment. Preventing this saves any hard feelings among the children. I hope you understand. From time to time, we do have donor luncheons in cities around the US, which gives donors like yourself an opportunity to meet and interact with our students and staff. It’s a great event for everyone, and you’re welcome to check out our schedule at stjo.org/luncheons. In addition, you can learn more about our day-to-day activities by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter and Instagram.

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