Rating: 5 stars   1 review

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth

Location: PO Box 308 92 Taylor Cr Emlyn KY 40730 USA

Mission: Breaking the bars of apathy and hopelessness through education and action
Programs: Adventure Based Camps for at-risk youth,Teaching Empathy Animal Assisted Therapy Program for Children and Families Exposed to Violence. Reached over 138 youth and family members in 2005.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Refuge Ridge is truly a refuge for both the animals that live there and the children that go to the adventure based camps there. Many of the children come from circumstances including domestic violence and drug abuse in the homes. At the camps they learn about team work and making good decisions. Their work with some of the animal rescues provides humane education aimed at breaking generational cycles of both animal and child abuse. I cannot recommend this organziationally highly enough. Through the generosity of the Sherman's next May there will be a wonderful new learning center for much of the activity to take place in. Please visit their web site. Truly an awesome place.

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working with both the children and the animals and getting to know the director of both the ridge and camps vert well.

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I would give them more resources and volunteers if it were within my ability. Situated in the middle of appalachia and in the 4th poorest county there is not nearly enough support for all that they do.

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