Chanku Waste (wash-tay) Wellness Center

Pastor Matt Hadden lives in Porcupine, with his family. He oversees the pastoring of Creator’s Fellowship (formerly Sharps Corner Baptist Church). Matt also has a kids’ camp that goes on all summer, called Chanku Waste Ranch, on 150 acres. He likes to focus on kids, to shape the next generation for Christ. They bus in about 180 kids per day, and it includes breakfast and lunch.

Matt’s latest endeavor is a brand new wellness center in Porcupine, the heart of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

They have begun with vision and dental care. Matt sees the importance of meeting physical needs as well as spiritual needs. There are currently only two Indian Health Services dentists on the whole reservation, and they would rather just pull a tooth than do the necessary work to save the tooth. Volunteer eye doctors and dentists come in for one week out of every month to provide free services to the people. In 2017 we met some of these wonderful doctors who were there with a mobile unit. Pregnancy care has also just begun! Medical personnel from the Black Hills Pregnancy Center in Rapid City come down to the reservation and are utilizing an ultrasound machine that we were able to donate to them in the spring of 2022.

Matt also drives a school bus for Rockyford School and he has a welding shop that can certify people to become welders. He can also train and certify people for a CDL license to drive a school bus. He’d like to someday be able to train and certify people for licenses to drive large trucks.

He helps people to get their GED and driver’s license, and they run the Dave Ramsey financial class every quarter at their church.