BISMARCK, ND - A special ceremony was held at the United Church of Christ in Bismarck on Sunday.
Charles Hall Youth services operate three group homes in the Bismarck area for foster care teenagers.
"It's been just a real privilege to see these kids mature and to see them improve. Not all make it but a good majority do and when we've seen them afterwards, when they've grown up and come back. It just, it fills your heart," said Gayle Klopp, the Executive Director of Charles Hall Administration and Operations.
After fifty years of serving the youth of North Dakota, the Charles Hall Youth Services were re-commissioned today. Representatives from the national and regional level offices of the United Church of Christ were present for the re-commissioning.
"I am here today, representing the national setting of the United Church of Christ to re-commission Charles Hall after fifty years of great service. The re-commissioning celebration that we are having today calls them into service for the next fifty years and beyond," said Michael Readinger, the President and CEO of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ.
The ceremony was included in the Bismarck congregations standard Sunday service. It is estimated that the organization has helped five thousand children over the last fifty years
"We are a strength based program, and we work with them to identify their strengths and to teach them life skills for maturing and being able to make it through life," said Klopp.
They help, on average, 100 kids a year. Though they have had fewer in the last couple of years.
Over the last fifty years Charles Hall Youth Services have helped children from all but two counties in North Dakota.