THIS MONTH: Community Watch, Pioneer joins the movement & more!
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Cultivating a community at OneHeart


More than a dozen OneHeart guests and several staff members attended what will likely be the first of many “OneHeart Community Watch” meetings last month.

The purpose of the gatherings is multi-faceted. Wayne Asscherick, OneHeart’s Director of Operations and Residential Life, said they are opportunities to get to know other community members, and a place to voice concerns and find out if others have the same concerns.

What the meetings are not intended to be, he said, are merely complaint sessions.

“If you have an issue, do you have a possible solution?” Asscherick asked, adding that guests should keep in mind what is good for the whole OneHeart program in considering how a problem might be addressed.

Among topics covered during the inaugural OneHeart Community Watch Meeting on Feb. 17: new uses for the social spaces in the residential towers, including the likely addition of a “business center” in one such space, and an explanation on why personal appliances like toasters are not permitted in single men’s and single women’s rooms.

The final agenda item simply asked, “What’s on your mind?”

One woman encouraged fellow guests to be punctual for meetings and other campus events, especially when community members are giving their time to teach a class or lead an activity.

“If you commit, show up,” she said.

“Common courtesy. If you make a mess, wipe it up,” another guest said. “I’ve cleaned up the microwave (in the dining area) several times.”

“I love to hear how guests are taking pride in the campus and starting to cultivate a community,” said Charity Doyle, OneHeart’s Executive Director. “In trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it was difficult to create the ‘community’ feel we wanted when we first opened. But we’re getting there, and we truly appreciate the guests who are contributing to that effort.”

OneHeart Highlights

OneHeart welcomed several new guests to campus in the month of February, bringing the campus population as of March 1 to 87!

BH Forum & Press Club

Thank you to the Black Hills Forum & Press Club for putting OneHeart at the “heart” of your February lunch meeting.

Executive Director Charity Doyle began the presentation by explaining poverty’s impact on the Rapid City area and how OneHeart is designed to foster upward mobility for program participants and their families.

Transformation Director Chad Ratigan and Community Outreach Coordinator Julie Oberlander were also on hand to answer questions about the campus community.
Pioneer Bank & Trust
Pioneer Bank & Trust has joined the movement to move people out of poverty and into a better quality of life!

The financial institution that prides itself on being local and supporting local causes made a $10,000 donation to OneHeart in February, the first installment of a $50,000 pledge to support campus operations. Thank you, Pioneer, for having a heart for OneHeart!

Want to join the movement? Call Development Director Michele Loobey-Gertsch at 605-718-9124 or email


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