Nevada City homeless group fed South Dakota reservation |

Nevada City homeless group fed South Dakota reservation

Members of Divine Spark, a Nevada City homeless-focused nonprofit, are looking at their Thanksgiving endeavors as a success this year, even though they weren’t able to travel to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the first time in more than a decade.

More than 200 members of the reservation, considered to be the poorest such community in the country, attended a Saturday holiday dinner at the Oglala Recreation Center Saturday, where Divine Spark founder Thomas Streicher had once traveled to annually serve food and drop off other charitable contributions prior to his March 2013 death.

“It was a great turnout, and they were very pleased,” said daughter Kristie Streicher. “

They all honored him and shared stories about Dad.”

Thomas Streicher, 58, perished on an icy Wyoming road while driving Divine Spark’s only van back from one of his quarterly trips to the reservation.

Because his daughters and locals continuing his work were unable to raise the funds to replace it, no such annual trip to Pine Ridge this year was feasible.

Instead, they sent care packages and purchased food to be served Saturday, all of which was eaten, said Kristie Streicher in an email to The Union.

“The dinner was a success. We had a lot of families that showed up,” said Pine Ridge residents Valerie and Hilda Kill Smalls in the email. “(Our) mother sure enjoyed it.”

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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