Joy is the most humble person I know. she has done so much for churches, schools, and the community. She has even taken a teenage foster child into her home. This child has been through the same struggles as Joy ( this teen wishes to stay anonymous). She also does an after school program for Northwest and teaches them about the animals. Joy is the most inspiring person to me and she makes me want to do more for the community and maybe later in life I can help the world.Thank you scatter joy acres!!!!!
The ranch is our happy place. On one hand, volunteering there has such a ripple effect. Knowing that the buckets you are preparing will not only feed an animal who has been rescued, but in turn, that animal will be bringing comfort or laughter to a lonely senior or disabled adult. Another ripple is watching over youth that are at risk, learning the honesty of hard work and loving acceptance from the animal they are helping care for.
But also, being there ministers to our entire family's stressed, aching hearts. For our disabled son, when he has a critter in his arms, for that moment, he is needed rather than the one needing help. For our teen struggling to balance growing up and staying young, there's a listening ear who won't spill his secrets. For a mom with too much on her place, its a place to push life's worries and responsibilities to the back just for a time. Because, for that moment, just a moment of respite, all is well.
What an amazing place. SJA does so very much with so very little. They need support. The animals are well taken care of and loved. They are so nice to be around and so kind to the people they serve. It is incredible to see the way they interact with those in need.
Like a little piece of countryside hidden in the city! What a terrific place to get away, and spend a little time recharging, or showing your kids what nature is all about. Go out and see the animals for yourself. You won't regret it.
The animals are well taken care of and the people running the place are great. I found two of my favorite animals there when I paid them a visit early on Thursday morning. Bear the 8 month old Long Hair Giant Terrier, and Zebediah the camel. Bear is up for adoption and if I could have taken him home that morning, I would have, but my dog would have hurt him.