I first met Dallas assisting a lady with MS on an advocate committee in 2002. I then helped organize a camp clean up day with Dallas that year as well. We had a group from Black Hills Works that took part in this "clean up day" that included people supported, direct care staff and even the CEO. Dallas of course was right in the midst of projects with everyone that was there. We stayed in touch and throughout the years I have been involved in supporting a group from Black Hills Works in camping at Otho each year. This began around 2002 and this group of people supported and staff still do an annual camping trip each year. Everyone looks forward to it all year. It is the highlight of their summer. We have made so many great memories and friendships at Meeting the need.
My Husband and I have a very conjoined family. As our children become adults Christmas became very difficult for all of us to get together. So instead of planning family activities around the holidays- We began a new tradition of camping at Meeting the Need over father's day each year. 2020 was our 6th year to do this. This gives the kids and grandkids time to be together and time to just enjoy each other's company. It is my favorite time of year. There are now 26 of us when we are all together. What other location could we do this at and enjoy ourselves so much.
We are so blessed to be involved in "Meeting the Need" and all it has to offer. I feel very lucky to have shared this experience with my children and grandchildren. I am looking forward to many more years of camping at Meeting the Need.
Dallas knew everyone, and was a true friend to everyone he met. Dallas always took the time to talk to everyone and always had a warm way of making you feel welcome and loved. Dallas never complained about things in his own life. His positive passion for life was contagious! It was impossible to walk away from Dallas without a smile on your face and a joy in your heart.
Thank you for sharing Dallas with all of us. He was a true blessing to everyone.
Rapid City, South Dakota.