Dennis Home- Spotlight

Every Tuesday for the next few months, we will be highlighting one of our 20 homes on St. Joseph’s campus.

Here at St. Joseph’s, we provide nationally-accredited home-away-from-homes for Native American children in grades one through twelve.

There are no dorms at St. Joseph’s. Children live in one of our campus homes with two specially-trained houseparents. They live and play together as any family would. The boys and girls learn life skills and enjoy spending time with their ‘St. Joseph’s family’.

St. Joseph’s DENNIS HOME is one of our 1-3 grade girls’ homes on campus.

Mary and Peter are the Dennis Home 6-day houseparents. Mary has worked at St. Joseph’s for 20 years, 10 of them as a houseparent. Peter has worked at St. Joseph’s for 10 years as a houseparent. They find their work with the Lakota children in our care “very rewarding”!

Here are a few fun facts about the girls of Dennis Home:


Dancing Dolls


Swimming at St. Joseph’s pool

Bike riding around campus



Hiking in the hills around St. Joseph’s, discovering all the different things in nature.

Periodically take in a movie at the downtown movie theatre.



Biscuits and gravy

Super nachos with taco meat

Homemade corn chowder soup

Beef tips and gravy



Every year, the girls visit the Brookings, South Dakota Children’s Museum. They love it there and as Mary explains, “we have a hard time getting them to leave!”


Stay tuned… we look forward to introducing the Pinger Home next Tuesday!


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 90 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.

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