As a volunteer, the power of change in my life from Wings of Hope Ranch occurred with not only me, but also with my children. We have been involved as a family for several years, volunteering for different programs or events, always leaving feeling blessed and touched by those experiences, our hearts and minds changed forever. We continue to financially support the ranch and in the past, received company support. I would like to add, watching the volunteers, families and ranchers interact with one another, with no judgement, accepting each other as they are, is something we need more of in this world.
– Kenny Janes, Vice President, UBS Financial
I have been fortunate to work with Noah (a rancher turned volunteer) and his mother (Ashley) on Thursday nights during our sessions for several season now. It is always a happy moment for me each week when I see Noah loping up the driveway to join our session. While Noah says that he has grown through his involvement with Wings of Hope Ranch, I do not think he realizes how much he has helped others leant to deal with their challenges. Noah is an inspiration to me, and I thank God for bringing him into my life. Noah works hard to achieve the future he envisions (one that includes horses). I have no doubt that he will achieve his dreams.
-Gail McDonnell, Volunteer Board Treasurer and Session Supervisor
I have volunteered with Wings of Hope Ranch since 2015. During this time, I have seen broken and hurting children transformed by hearing the truth of God’s Word, interacting with positive role models, and of course, enjoying riding and grooming our team of lovable horses, each with their own story of rescue and healing. I’ve observed these children gain self-confidence, build positive relationships with adults and other children, learn empathy for others, understand emotional self-awareness and how their emotions affect others, practice responsibility by taking care of the horses, and much more. I honestly believe in the ministry that Wings of Hope Ranch offers. It is making a difference in the lives of the children participating and the volunteers too.
– Julia Clark, Volunteer Session Supervisor
After a traumatic experience at school, a friend from church recommended we reach out to a horse ministry called Wings of Hope. Neither of my girls had ridden a horse before, but they both shared a HUGE love for animals. I was not sure what to expect with this ministry, but I was hopeful its Christian foundation would help with my daughters’ healing process. I shared the girls’ story on their application, and Alison- the director – met with us their first week. She introduced a fearful, withdrawn Ayden to a gentle giant, Samson. Ayden walked him, groomed him, and talked to him. Evie was paired with a sweet dapple mare named Faith – the significance of her name has never been lost on me or my daughter who is wise beyond her years. As they both spent time with their horses, my girls became more open at home and in counseling. Evie shared her feelings about what the teacher had done, and Ayden started to let go of that responsibility she felt for not being able to protect her sister. They both began to understand that the abuse wasn’t their fault. You see, my girls learned that some of the horses had been rescued from people who hadn’t treated them well. And the girls were also being taught the scriptures – hearing lessons of how God is good and how He always provides. They read aloud to me Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called to his purpose.” And well, these kids knew they loved God, and they knew these horses are called to his purpose. Wings of Hope is such an important ministry for many, including my kids. They learn they’re able to move forward after difficult times. They hear God’s words spoken around them and they are surrounded by a team of people who love God with all their heart. And I hope eventually, they’ll be able to serve others as volunteers themselves.
– Jedina Tucker, Mother of twin daughters who are Ranchers
Wings of Hope Ranch means so much to me, it is honestly where I spend most of my time these days. The horses and other volunteers have become part of my family. I love what we do for the horses and for the ranchers. It is such a loving and relaxing place and the horses and people there are so much fun to work with and it makes you feel like you are really making a difference, if not in the whole world then at least in that one rancher’s life or one horse’s life. We currently have nine horses under our care who would all probably be dead if we had not taken them in. That alone is making a difference! Even when you are doing barn chores, it doesn’t feel like work, it feels like you are just doing something good and often very enjoyable. I’m sure I’ll be part of this organization for many, many years.
–Kristen Brown, Volunteer
When I was asked to describe what Wings of Hope Ranch means to me, I happened to think back on the devotional series we did in the Fall of 2014 on the Fruit of the Spirit, based on Galatians 5:22-23. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. This fruit is exhibited every time children, horses and leaders gather at Wings of Hope Ranch. God’s hand is in and on this ministry and I am blessed to be a part of it.
– Joyce Foster, Volunteer
As a full time mother and employee, I realized a few years ago I needed a stress relief activity. Horses have always interested me, but horseback riding lessons did not suit my goals. Upon hearing about Wings of Hope Ranch, I realized this would meet both of my desires – a volunteer opportunity and a stress reliever. Over the past year and a half, I have come to love the horses, children and volunteers! I look forward to coming to the ranch each time and look for opportunities to come and help as time permits. I love the smells, sounds and peacefulness of the setting. I love seeing the children excited to visit their favorite horse. I love seeing how God is moving through this Ranch!
–Paige Mater, Volunteer Board President
Sunday mornings at the barn is something I look forward to each week. Yeah, it may be mucking stalls, but after a long week at a busy veterinary hospital, a few hours out in the country is needed. I’m not at work listening to phones ringing or dogs barking. From Sal’s welcoming nickering to Sampson pulling things off his door to Blossom being, well, Blossom – Sundays are the best. I may not be involved with seeing the horses helping the ranchers, but these horses have definitely helped me.
–Terri Payne, Barn Volunteer