Image of Hope Ranch
About Image of Hope
A Gift From God...
Image of Hope Ranch was founded on faith and the belief that with God all things are possible. It is through the faith of the founders that Image of Hope Ranch was born.
The first time we looked at the property in the fall of 2013 we knew this was the one. Most people looked at it and could not see our vision. We heard "tear the house down it can't be saved" or "too much work to put into it" and many other comments.
It was a mess, the barns, house and fences needed a lot of work, but for the next two years we dug our heels in and remodeled the house, rebuilt the stalls, built new paddocks and are currently working on fencing for the pastures. This needed to be done in order to start our ministry of giving back. Helping people who are broken because of "life" whether it be victims of abuse, the loss of a loved one, bullying, depression, low self-esteem, or people who have just lost hope.
Watching the emotional healing that horses have done with our own daughter and the physical healing through our niece we were inspired to help others through the unconditional love of horses. The ranch has a serene feeling of peace and we have watched visitors come to the place with the weight of the world on their shoulders and leave with hope and a new outlook on life. It is a sanctuary where healing takes place whether you are riding or working a horse, talking life's problems over with a horse or just relaxing under a tree reading and dreaming.
Image of Hope Ranch Today
Currently Image of Hope Ranch serves the Northeast Indiana area. We have horses and ponies available that are paired with one leader and one child, teen or adult for a 60 minute session at no cost to them. Some of these horses have been rescued themselves and have a story of their own that proves what unconditional love and care can do.
These sessions are designed to be adaptable to meet the distinctive needs of each person. Instead of being lost in a group, every guest is nurtured by a leader who shares in his or her individual challenges and victories. Through hands-on experience they are taught the values of hope, family, trust, faith and unconditional love.
Image of Hope also has a Teen Mentoring Program where we pair a struggling teen with a Teen Mentor. They spend time together each week working with the horses and doing chores. We have had huge success with this program and have watched teens turn from darkness to light, improve their grades and gain a new positive outlook on life. Because of the success we have had with this program, we have added one for Veterans. It is similar to the Teen Mentoring Program with an added Group Session held once a week with veterans and leaders from our local Veteran Center. Although the primary focus of the ranch is to serve children, teens and adults who have lost hope, the program is available for anyone who feels the desire to come. The reason it is open to anyone who truly wants to participate, is because we have found that sometimes people may not even know they need healing.
Each week we are privileged to join alongside children, families, and individual adults who come ready to help wherever needed. Volunteering at Image of Hope Ranch is designed to be much more than getting chores done. By working side by side, we have the privilege of seeing good work ethics learned and mending of hearts within families as well as individuals. If you are interested in volunteering you can find more information about this by selecting the How Can I Help Tab on the website.
Sadly this is a generation of brokenness within individuals and families. Whether it is because of divorce, abuse, bullying, or the many life challenges that are faced; we at Image of Hope Ranch seek to help with healing for all who come visit.