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Hope Remains Youth Ranch, Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Development Programs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: We provide hope and a second chance for hurting, troubled, at-risk children and youth ages 5-17 using equine assisted therapy. Our programs enable the youth to learn and gain a new sense of confidence, responsibility, accountability, sensitivity to others and discipline in their conduct.

Results: We have served over 225 youth and seen the majority of their behavioral and educational challenges improve.

Target demographics: Children and youth, ages 5-17 in the Upstate area of South Carolina and surrounding counties.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 155

Geographic areas served: Spartanburg

Programs: The Mane Event which offers 9 week long equine therapy after school sessions, aligned with the public school system in the Spring, Fall and Winter. In the Summer, we offer an all day camp program that runs for 5 weeks. Additionally we offer HoofPrints of Hope to the local school systems, taking miniature horses into the school class rooms to work with special needs and autistic children to improve their circumstances.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Hope Remains since 2006. By serving as a board member, it has been extremely rewarding to see how decisions have impacted the organization to thrive and grow by serving more and more children and their families. The Lord has continued to bless this ministry in spite of the fact that many times the board did not know what decision needed to be made next, but the Lord did. It's great to serve along side other fellow believers who have a passion for the mission of Hope Remains and I consider it an honor to be a small part of what's happening. I'm blessed to be a part of an organization that offers 'hope' to hurting children and their families throughout the upstate of South Carolina and beyond!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My involvement at this time has been as a donor and prayer supporter. This is an amazing program that gives children a chance to find love, support and understanding that they have not been able to receive any other way. I am so thankful there is a place for families and children right here in our own backyard. God is at work on the ranch and in the schools. Thanks you Mel, Pam and staff for answering the call to meet the needs of so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Remains Youth Ranch is an outstanding place. I had the chance to intern with this wonderful group , I learned so much not only from the staff but from the youth that participated in this program. I watched children actually grow and change with this program. Hope Remains became their favorite place to be. The older youth would even ask to come volunteer their time when it wasn't their day to be there. I am so grateful for Hope Remains and the experience I had with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Hope Remains since 2012. I have been very impressed with how well Melanie Watt and staff makes the ranch flow. They selection process for volunteering at the ranch is very selective to pick the best ones to help with the wide variety of clients that they have in attendance there. No matter what the problem that the clients have there, Melanie and staff come up with the best solution to help them overcome their problems and help them graduate after overcoming their issues. I am honored to be be able to work with such great caring people at the ranch, and thank God everyday for the opportunity to serve there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Melanie Watt and Pam Benedict for a long time. I am so thankful to have these two wonderful ladies in my life. I support Hope Remains Youth Ranch with all my heart and can't wait until I am able to retire so I can start being a volunteer. It as absolutely wonderful the lives that have been changed due to this organization, Just reading the newsletter "Hoof Prints" gives me cold chills to hear about the wonderful work that is happening in these children and families lives. May God Bless and continue making wonder things happen for "Hope Remains Youth Ranch".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer at Hope Remains Youth Ranch has been the most incredible experience. I thought at first I was there to be a blessing to others when in fact it has been the other way around! I think being a part of the HRYR family has been more of a blessing to me than I could ever be a blessing to the ranch. I never knew how much I would grow and mature as person (and spiritually!) by being a part of the team there. Not only has my life been impacted, but everyday teens and kids' lives are being impacted whether they realize it right now or not. There is no where else I would rather be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Hope Remains Youth Ranch in January 2014. It started off as just a way for me to have my own hobby away from my friends. This place has made even an impact in my life and has become my favorite place to be. When you are with the staff and volunteers you can't help but enjoy yourself because you know each one of them enjoys what they do and want to help hurting children. It is incredible to see what all this place has accomplished and I am very excited for the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been associated with Hope Remains Youth Ranch from its early days. One truth has remained constant...the goal is to help hurting children and families. This organization has met in several locations over the years, but always with the same message and beliefs. HRYR does an outstanding job of serving the community. I can't say enough good about this organization. Excellent!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hope Remains Youth Ranch is changing the lives of hurting children and families in a very unique and powerful way every day. I live a couple of miles from the ranch and it is one of the ministries I love and support. I personally know these folks and they are extraordinary!

Horses and people who genuinely love and care begin to work in their hearts and lives of these children and families and they experience hope for the first time. They begin to open up and respond to the truth that God indeed has a plan and purpose for their lives and He loves them unconditionally. Lives are transformed.

Melanie Watt, Founder and Executive Director had a hope and a dream when she was 12 years old. The ranch was her dream, which now is a reality. Because of Melanie’s dream and the love and the support of faithful volunteers, supporters, selfless staff and board members and consistent prayer warriors, God is honored and glorified. Many different programs are offered for these children and families.

God has truly blessed the growth at Hope Remains each year. It’s never too late. Don’t give up! Nothing is impossible with God!

Visit www.HopeRemains.org. Give Melanie a call. Come and see for yourself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Hope Remains Youth Ranch for five years. I am a retired pilot and am having a great time of enjoyment and fulfillment in being able to spend time with at-risk young men and ladies and having the opportunity to work with them and some fantastic horses, as we use these animals for equine therapy. For a retired Christian individual, this really beats picking up shells on the beach. I love it!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Remains is an amazing organization with a very simple message! There is always hope to everyone that will receive it! The staff and volunteers have a heart for people and they just want to help people thru the "no remedy" situations that we all find ourselves in from time to time. The great news is, they know the source of our hope and are willing to help people discover that "hope" as they help them in real life situations! The end result - John 10:10 "the thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus has come so that we may have abundant life!" Have you found hope? If not, I highly recommend that you check out Hope Remains Youth Ranch! Don't take my word for it, come find hope yourself!