Mission: The primary exempt purpose of the imus ranch inc. Is to provide children with cancer or serious blood disorders as well as children who have lost brothers and sisters to sudden infant death syndrome, the experience of the great american cowboy.
Programs: The imus ranch is an authentic working cattle ranch nestled beneath a majestic mesa in the rolling hills near ribera, new mexico, fifty miles northeast of santa fe. The ranch was conceived and designed with the sole purpose of providing the experience of the great american cowboy to children suffering from cancer or serious blood disorders, and children who've lost brothers and sisters to sudden infant death syndrome. The ranch's objectives are to encourage in them a sense of achievement, responsibility and self-esteem, and to instill pride and restore their dignity as they become aware of just how much they are able to accomplish. Many have become convinced that because they are sick they are not normal. At the imus ranch they quickly discover that they can do anything any other kid can do. The ranch is a magnificent facility. Nearly four thousand acres with an old western town that rivals any movie set in hollywood. All the kids become part of an extended family living together in the fourteen thousand square foot main ranch house. . . A stunning adobe hacienda that is an architectural masterpiece. Their days are spent doing chores side by side with ranch ranglers and learning to care for and ride their very own horse. They round up texas longhorn cattle, herd and feed the sheep, the buffalo, the chickens, goats and donkeys, taking part in the dawn to dust rhythms of the ranch while developing an enriching bond with the animals that will last a lifetime. The imus ranch is totally and completely organic. They serve a strict vegetarian diet that can be accurately described as vegan in its food selection; no meat, no fish, no poultry, no dairy. Further, all ranch cleaning agents are non-toxic, biodegradable, naturally derived materials that are free of all known carcinogenic substances. In addition, no pesticides or synthetic chemicals of any kind are used in gardening, farming, or infrastructure and plant maintenance. During the year ended february 28, 2015, 20 children between the ages of 11 and 17 had the opportunity to experince life as a cowboy on the ranch, raising the number of children participating since the inception of the ranch in 1998 to nearly 1300. The ranch enjoys the support of the hackensack university medical center in hackensack, new jersey. This support is evidenced by the fact that each session, the medical center provides two well-trained professional child life specialists who are expert in dealing with children with serious diseases. These specialists are on call around the clock to assist children with every kind of need including comfort, advice, discipline and friendship. The medical center also provides doctors and nurses for each session. These physicians, nurses and a paramedic are also on the ranch at all times working side by side with the children and available to assist with any medical needs. It is the belief of those who created the ranch that when children suffering from these very diseases are exposed to the activities of programs like the imus ranch, it not only changes their lives, in many instances the experience can actually contribute to their healing. This belief is supported continuously by testimonial after testimonial from parents, children and other supporters alike, citing how the imus ranch experience has dramatically impacted their lives. The following quote from hamilton jordan, former white house chief of staff, is just one example: ". . . . I have been involved for 23 years with the nonprofit camp for children with cancer, camp sunshine, founded by my wife, have visted imus ranch for a week with children from georgia and have witnessed firsthand the profound impact of imus ranch on these children with cancer. . . . The parents of most of these kids who have been to imus ranch would tell you this was a life-changing experience for their sons and daughters and that a different more confident child came home. I am sure that some children, ready to throw in the towel and refuse addditional chemotherapy, come home with a renewed commitment to fight for their life. I believe that most of their parents would simply describe the value of their child's experience at the imus ranch as being "priceless. ""
This non profit has been called "Don Imus' Retirement home" but it serves the purpose of giving children with cancer, SIDS victim siblings a true working ranch experience. Doctors and life coasches are on hand to make sure the kids are staying with their medication regimens. It should however look more like a ranch and not something featured in "architecture monthly". The little ranchers farm fresh vegetables, learn to rope, and ride horses. The Imus family is very involved with the kids and take only a small salary if any. Those who went to the I-Ranch, are positively changed and some even return again and again. The child limit is small, as the Imus family makes sure that each child is involved and not being cared for Assembly Line style. I have been a supporter of the I-Ranch from day one, and I see it as a good use of my donations.