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Review for Ranch Good Days, Basalt, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

There are several similar types of ranches operating to serve teenage boys in a number of states. To the best of my knowledge (and I sincerely wish to be corrected should anyone know otherwise) RGD is UNIQUE, as it is the only horse ranch serving the needs of at risk teenage girls.
Over the years I have worked with just over 35 girls. Typically, the girls have been traumatized: Some recently, some in the distant past and some have simply been traumatized over extended periods of time. It seems nothing is left to the imagination concerning the trauma suffered by some of these girls. If you will, try to imagine a 15 year old without ANY dependable support system. A girl who has made a conscious decision NO ONE can be trusted and proceeds to do whatever is necessary to survive in the fringes of society. What hope for the future do these kids have? Very little without RGD.

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

I have lived and cared for 35 teen girls over the last seven years. This was a life changing experience and I understand, in depth, the walk these girls were faced with upon arriving and departing from our RGD home. I am happy to be able to follow a child as she progresses to age 18 and transitions to college or career.

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

I would operate 100% privately and I see our organization seeking that possibility as a reality. Government does not make a good custodial parent and keeps people from being able to help children.

Role:  Board Member & House parent of abandoned teen girls for 7 yrs at a RGD home.