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HOPE RANCH INC
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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Client Served & I volunteered as a one on one with a child and a horse.