RHAPSODY RANCH INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 145 Eagle Ln Brentwood CA 94513 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a daughter with severe ADHD and ODD and each day is a struggle for her. My husband and I had been talking about the benefits of horse therapy when the very next day we saw a local article about Rhapsody Ranch. We took this as a clear sign from God and fired off an email. What we received was a most thoughtful, welcoming email from Pam to come visit the ranch.

We have been so fortunate to come to know this dedicated, giving couple. Despite incredible hurdles, they persist in their mission, led by their faith and desire to give to others. I see no end to their ability to change lives in our community and beyond.

Our daughter experienced an immediate connection to the horses. She had no fear and with Pam and the volunteers' encouragement she was able to ride during the first visit. The calming impact of those first experinces were lasting. And because Pam and Bill are such loving people, she found a place in our community where she feels welcomed, accepted, and safe. I'm not sure which of these benefits has meant the most! We look forward to a long term relationship with everyone at Rhapsody Ranch!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter benefitted through her connection to the horses and to Pam and Bill's loving outreach.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My hope for change is that this ministry will receive the resources needed to expand and touch more and more lives as they have already done.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rhaposody Ranch is a wonderful place to be, the love and compassion from the ranch fills the air. The horses seem to understand how you are feeling and offer a strong neck to hug and they are very good listeners lets not forget how nonjudgemental they are. The volunteers are kind careing people from the second I arrived I felt welcome and now feel like part of the Rhapsody family. The owners are loving, kind, careing and have a passion to help hurting childern as well as adults with what ever their needs might require. I recommend everyone come for a visit they will never forget. Kind Regaurds, Tina

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I have found that since I have been volunteering at the ranch I have a better state of mind.. more calm and feel excepted for who I am and what I can offer. The horses and I share love and kindness I help them they help me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not have any improvements at this time, there is a need for more saddles and tack also a watering machine that could attach to the back of the small grading tractor.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to be apart of the Rhapsody Ranch Ministry and it has been such a blessing. I have always loved horses and Rhapsody Ranch has given me a place to come and learn how to ride, care for the horses, and to build friendships that will last a lifetime. Rhapsody Ranch provides a safe and peaceful environment that you will love as soon as you drive through the gate. I can't say enough about how much Rhapsody Ranch means to me and I am sure once you visit Rhapsody Ranch you will feel the same!

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Since I was young I have always had the dream of learning about and working with horses and Rhapsody Ranch has given me that opportunity. It has made a dream turn into reality and it has been one of the best experiences of my life and I will never forget it. I look forward to seeing all that Rhapsody Ranch will do for the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i wouldn't make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rhapsody Ranch has been a huge blessing to my family as it has provided an opportunity for my daughters to learn the basics of horse care and entry level riding techniques. Pamela and Bill provide a loving, positive encouraging environment for people to come and learn about horses while learning life lessons at the same time. I would highly encourage people to find ways to participate or volunteer at any level at Rhapsody Ranch as it will be very rewarding experience. Nicole Pineda June 22, 2011

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I have personally seen how this organization has allowed my children the opportunity to work with horses which is something they deeply desired to do but were unable to as we do not live on a ranch.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any changes to this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a fantastic organization. We take our sspecial needs daughter Sierra there to get horse therapy. It makes such a great difference in Sierra's quality of life. We really enjoy the kind people and the great message of community and selfless service that RR promotes. Rhapsody is a great place to spend a day or vOlunteer all summer. My wife and I are so grateful for this fantastic, fantastic local resource and applaud their dedication to youth, stewardshiP and youth.
Bravo RR!

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My daughter's emotional health grows tremendously whenever she participates at RR

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be year round

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Rating: 5 stars  

The primary purpose of our ranch is to provide a positive, safe and structured equestrian environment for children and young adults in crisis, bringing them together with specially chosen horses to facilitate restoration of wounded hearts, to help build trust, self esteem, and a sense of accomplishment within, to nurture a relationship with Jesus Christ and experience the love of family. Always free of charge! Supported by generous donors who share our vision.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the joy and confidence brought you our visitors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add capacity

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow where do I start... I first found Rhapsody Ranch after visiting Crystal Peaks in Sisters OR,(another youth Ministry) I found a passion for working with the youth and wanted to help locally. I came across Rhapsody Ranch and could not have found a better fit. Rhapsody Ranch uses an equine enviroment to witness, support and encourage our youth of today for our adults of tomorrow.
Together with horses and a country ranch feel they work with helping troubled, disabled and in need youth, build values for life and build trust and faith in others. Rhaspdoy Ranch not only supports and uplifts its youth but touches the lives of all who volunteer, support and sponsor the organization. Rhapsody Ranch provides love, kindness and support to all who get involved in this GREAT cause and are touched with grace and mercy. I started out just wanting to help in anyway, but now after seeing these young adults believing in themselves and giving back I now have volunteered to help with Public Relations, solicitation and hands on counseling. I believe Rhapsody Ranch will continue to grow and touch lives as the youth of today give back to the youth to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How Rhapsody Ranch encouraged and supported my desire to learn and implement ideas. I gained love and support so I may believe and give back

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would want to see more hours devoted to touching lives of all the needy kids in all areas of Northern CA. More full time volunteers so we may access more youth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

At Rhapsody Ranch, Pamela and Bill Doheney have created a warm, relaxed and caring refuge for the young people they serve. When I arrived, I was greeted with warm smiles and hugs from the staff, wagging tails and moist doggie noses from 'the boys,' and a slice of farm life that few of us get to experience in this day and age.

Walking out to the stables, I heard a soft whinny as Angel urged us closer. As I stroked her neck, I saw love and trust in those big brown eyes, and felt instantly calm. What child, I thought, wouldn't draw strength from this gentle beast?

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The enthusiasm of its founders and volunteers is contagious. Rhapsody Ranch is more than a place to ride horses, and it shows. I felt it myself when I arrived, and saw it in the smiles of the clients I spoke with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get the word out so that more people will support the work that the Doheneys are doing at Rhapsody Ranch!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Running a hippotherapy program is expensive, but the Doheneys do not charge the families whose children they serve. I knew that the money I contributed to their program would make a bigger, more direct impact than it would at a larger organization.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

New horses have been added to the program, creating more opportunities for growth, but also more need for donations.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This free program is open to all who need it. The people at Rhapsody Ranch are warm and friendly and truly care about the children, the families, and the community they serve.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

Since Rhapsody Ranch opened in 2010 I have been amazed by the effect it has had on the lives of youth of all ages and stages of life. From autism to down syndrome to rebellious teens and home school children this program has touched, encouraged and strengthened the lives of these and their families. I would like to see the advancement of this program so it's effectiveness can be increased. What a great program!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding myself gaining more self confidence as a work with horses and children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only like to see it become stronger and more established in the community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a foster mom of teenage girls and had the opportunity to bring one of the girls to RR for therapy/classes. From the beginning, she had a positive, supportive, and very fun experience with the volunteers, staff and horses. She had the opportunity to groom, feed and ride each time she came to the ranch. She was very appreciative and thankful to have the wonderful experience at RR and always looked forward to the next appointment. Great experience for teens!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...many roles from volunteering, donor and client. RR is a wonderful place.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more horses!!!

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