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July 27, 2011

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July 27, 2011

My children are clients at Hope Ranch and the results have been beyond amazing. They are more confident and calm. People know that something significant has happened with them this summer.

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This summer

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I would love to see them have more funding so that they can be of service to more people.

July 27, 2011

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July 27, 2011

Hope Ranch provides children with the opportunity to learn about, ride, and love horses while at the same time building strength, courage and responsibility in the children who attend. Two of my children have participated in the activities at Hope Ranch, and they have terrific memories. This is a great way to help kids and I appreciate the hard work and dedication the people of Hope Ranch show.

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seeing how my children benefited from the activities at Hope Ranch.

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

simply increase the number of children they can reach and the number of months they can operate.

July 26, 2011

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July 26, 2011

My daughter has been riding horses at Hope Ranch this summer. She has gotten a lot of confidence from doing this. She tells everyone she sees that she rides horses at Hope Ranch.

The Shelton's have been so great with her. I really appreciate all that they are doing not only for my
daughter but also for so many others.

They also seem to have plenty of volunteers ready and willing to help out.

You can definitely tell that they have a heart for this ministry. We plan on enrolling again in the fall.

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I've seen my daughter grow in confidence by participating at Hope Ranch.

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They have done a wonderful job. I can't think of anything to cahnge.

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

Kids and horses! Having both have always been a lifelong dream of mine. When I found I was unable to have children of my own, I was crushed. After several years of marriage, my husband and I decided to foster children in need. The plan was to help as many kids as we could in maybe 3 to 5 years. After 11 years of foster parenting, we have adopted five wonderful children! My husband and I discovered we had a heart for children somewhere along the way. We met Dr. Darrel and Debbie Shelton at church. They also have hearts for children, and horses. When they first started Hope Ranch, I volunteered, and my two oldest children participated. Later, our third child participated.Hope Ranch provides one horse, with one volunteer for each child. Hope Ranch aslo teaches children about Christ, the Hope in Hope Ranch. Our oldest, now 11, has ADHD, RAD, ODD, which makes focusing and staying on task very hard. We have noticed that since she has been going to the ranch, having one on one time with a volunteer, showing her how she can focus and follow-through has greatly improved her confidence in school and at home. Our second child was timid, insecure, and 'flighty'. At age 9, she still has a 'blanky'. Although now that she has gained some confidence and matured quite a bit, as a direct result of participating at Hope Ranch, she only has her 'blanky' at night (she no longer carries it to school, or anywhere else in public). Our third child, age 8, is MR, ADHD, FASD... This child feared everything before participating at the ranch. We have watched her blossom into a more trusting, and less fearful child. She has even started to trust us and let us teach her how to ride a bike, and she is starting to get over her fear of water. With each year the girls participate at the ranch, they grow more confident in their abilities. Our third daughter has not only began to trust in people, but has trusted in Jesus as her personl Lord and Saviour!! I can't wait until my two youngest children are old enough to participate!

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My dream of working with horses was more than fulfilled. Not only did I get to work with horses, but with children.

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I would not make any changes to this organization. They have many needs that I would like to see filled for the sake of the children.

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