THIS MONTH: OneHeart app updates, demolition in progress, & more!
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Mines students continue work on OneHeart app

Gone are the days when a smartphone was a luxury item. Twenty years into the 21st century, smartphones and their many apps are often necessities for people of all socio-economic classes – including OneHeart’s future guests who will need to connect easily with the people helping them leave a life of poverty.

Students at South Dakota Mines began developing a mobile application for OneHeart during the 2019-2020 academic year. Josh Duklet and Emily Parks started working on the app for their Senior Design project, with supervision provided by engineer Jeremy Warner of Omnitech, a local software engineering firm.

After Parks and Duklet graduated in May, the project passed to incoming senior Kendric Thompson, an Omnitech summer intern who enlisted the help of fellow Watertown native and Computer Science major Daniel Tesch.

“As a team of two, we began to work where the previous Senior Design team left off,” Tesch said.

Warner says the duo picked up the project quickly and got rolling on new features. “It’s great to see what they’ve been able to do so far,” he said.

Tesch (pictured here on the left) and Thompson (on the right) say the app’s current features include messaging and group messaging, the ability to receive announcements from OneHeart staff, and an information section for quick access to OneHeart resources.

“The app is easy to use, just like any other app you might use every day,” Thompson said, adding that more features will likely come with future app updates.

“I really see this project as a win-win,” Warner said. “Kendric and Dan get to experience working with a client first-hand while also filling their Senior Design classwork requirement, and OneHeart gets a unique tool to help with their mission in Rapid City. We’re excited to be able to help!”

While Thompson and Tesch are set to graduate from Mines in May 2021, the work they and their predecessors have contributed to the OneHeart campus will have a positive impact on some of the area’s most vulnerable residents for years to come.

“It is nice knowing that our work will be used by real people and will assist OneHeart in making real change in the community,” Tesch said.

“This is exactly the kind of impactful design project we love to see our students engaged in,” Mines President Jim Rankin said. “This type of hands-on learning opportunity makes a difference in our local community and shows our students they have what it takes to change the world.”

TRANSFORMATION IN PROGRESS: Construction crews demolished this home at 218 Quincy Street last month to make room for an inipi (sweat lodge) and cultural building on the south side of the future OneHeart campus.

PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT: Community Health Center of the BH

Community Health Center of the Black Hills strives to provide primary medical, dental, mental, and pharmaceutical services to everyone in the community, regardless of their income or insurance coverage. Accepting all insurances and with an income-based sliding scale, CHCBH offers quality health care services in a clinic-based setting.
With our satellite office on the OneHeart campus, CHCBH will provide a medical clinic, complete with an in-house pharmacy, to meet the needs of the OneHeart guests, as well as others in the neighborhood.

CHCBH’s approach has long recognized that good health care requires more than a diagnosis and a prescription; we provide a team approach to help address the myriad of social determinants of health that can be barriers to achieving good health. Together with the OneHeart team, we hope to help fill these gaps and ensure patients can work forward in better health.

For a complete list of services CHCBH provides, check out
The Transformation Process

Our vision for OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing is that it will transform the road for many of our neighbors living in poverty, leading to a better life.

How will it work? Check out this video for a brief overview of the transformation process – from a guest’s referral to graduation.
Guest Welcome Fund

You can help create a welcoming environment of hope and healing for OneHeart guests by donating to our Guest Welcome Fund.

The fund provides comfort items and necessities for individuals and families as they arrive on campus and begin their healing journey. Donate today at


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