Friday, April 15, 2011

Real Heroes - Jamie Barker

Nominator: Brian McGrath

The Dakota House is a safe and loving place for school age children to go to after school. Jamie Barker, the founder of the Dakota House, created this nurturing environment with the understanding that children need a place where they can be surrounded by great adult role models and learn valuable character traits like respect, thoughtfulness, and appreciation towards others. Jamie also became a resource for homework help and daily after-school snacks; support that wasn’t offered in the children’s homes.

Because most of the Dakota House children do not receive gifts at Christmas, or have family gatherings with the traditional holiday meals, Jamie decided to once again move into action. During this past holiday season, Jamie wanted to give the children of the Dakota House a great Christmas treat, so she secured enough donations to give each child one gift and a shoeboxes stocking to take home and decorate on their own.

When the children arrive at the Dakota House for a holiday celebration, they are welcomed with a family dinner, Christmas carols, and homemade cookies. At the end of the evening the children open their gifts one at a time – with their loving Dakota House family.

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