Today’s guest blogger: April

Today's guest blogger: April

Mitakuapi  translation (listen I am going to tell you something), this is what our elders would say, so anytime you are at a gathering and you hear a Native American speaker, or presenter and they say this, you will know what they mean.

Hi Everyone, my name is April  and I began working here at St. Joseph Indian School in July of 2005. I am the Family Liaison/Clinical Support. I also Coordinate the FAST program here at St. Joseph’s. I love meeting people and new families. As some of you know, I am also known as Grandma FAST or just Grandma, which is fine with me. I have the opportunity of going out and recruiting families and getting to know the families with home visits and weekly contacts. I would like to thank Fr. Steve for asking me to be a part of this. This is very interesting, and one has the opportunity to get to know others a little bit more.

A little about me: I am a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor – I with the state,  and also International. I work with domestic violence, so therefore an advocate for the shelter, and serve on the Child Protection Team with Social Services and inter-agency in Fort Thompson, South Dakota.  I love my job, especially when it comes to the children, seeing that smile on their faces, when their parents come to campus and stay with them.

I do appreciate St. Joseph’s staff and the working relationship I am personally acquiring with everyone. I know there are still a lot that I haven’t had the chance to meet or work with, but I just want to say thank you in a good way for all your hard work.

I end with a warm hearty hand-shake.

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.

3 thoughts on “Today’s guest blogger: April”

  1. Mitakuapi, April, AKA Grandma
    How nice when one can say they love their job. Shows dedication and appreciation. As I have read through the posts of the guest bloggers, I am really impressed with the staff and those that make St. Joseph’s work.

  2. Hello April,
    It’s so nice to meet you! Your position at St. Joe’s is great, and I think it’s very special that you are called “Grandma”…says a lot about who you are! Hope to meet you in September!


  3. April you have a challenging and very interesting job! I’m so glad to get to your blog and the blogs of all the others — this has been a real treat for those of us “out here” at such a distance from St. Joe’s. But I feel much closer now than I did at the start of the summer!

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