This weekend, Rabiner Treatment Center, celebrated an important anniversary. This vital resource for troubled boys and young men marked its 50th year in operation.
A half century ago, Louis Rabiner partnered with the Iowa State Police Association to establish what was initially called the Jerry Rabiner Memorial Boys Ranch. Rabiner donated the farmland that made it possible to create a home for boys in need of a hand up. He was motivated by a desire to help youngsters overcome problems that might inhibit their ability to develop the skills and attitudes they would need to thrive as adults. The organization's name memorialized his son, Jerry, who had been killed in an automobile accident in 1953. Initially, the focus at the Boys Ranch was runaways. Over the decades the mission has become much more comprehensive.
Today the Rabiner Treatment Center helps young folks who have a variety of behavioral issues. It provides treatment services for boys between the ages of 10 and 18. There are diverse reasons for referral to Rabiner, but a recurrent theme is that the youngsters have a need for structure and guidance in a group setting.
Some of the boys reside at Rabiner for an extended period. Others are there more briefly. Still others benefit from daytime or weekend programs but live elsewhere.
The professional staff members at Rabiner work with youths to teach self-discipline, responsibility, commitment and pride. The goal quite simply is to help put them on the path to a successful and meaningful adult life.
The Messenger takes pride in the growth and success of the Rabiner Treatment Center. We congratulate Chief Executive Officer Brad Klug and his dedicated team of professionals on reaching this important institutional milestone. Keeping this vital institution strong should be a key priority in the years ahead.