Image of Hope Ranch
"Volunteering is a great way for us to spend time together, and we learn new things each week. Not only do we spend time together as a family, we feel really good about what we are doing. It feels really good to pour love into the horses so they can pour love into those they give lessons to. It feels really good to be part of a ministry that gives back to others in such a unique way."
The Hunt Family
"Hello, my name is Olivia. I work with a pony named Lilly. Lilly is AMAZING. I feel that Lilly gets me more than anyone. Lilly and I have known each other for one year. I have discovered things about me I never knew before such as I can do anything. I am always going to have someone to talk to about things without questions. Lilly has changed me. I am never done learning from Lilly. Lilly makes me happy if I have had a bad day. Lilly can tell when I am upset. When I see Lilly I always know that I am accepted for who I am. Since I have been working with Lilly I am finding who I am piece by piece. I am inspired by Lilly! Overall, Lilly has just done wonders for me. Lilly has also helped me set goals.
The Goodwill Pre-ETS students have volunteered at the Image of Hope for about a year now. The students have pulled weeds, painted playground equipment, cleaned stalls, walked horses, cleaned the small animal cages, baled hay, led a tour for the YMCA kids, cleaned barns out, cleaned the fans in the barns, moved hay around, tarped hay off, and operated a concession stand for the Fall Fest.
After doing this, the students are invited to enjoy the ranch for a bit. There is fishing, kayaking, paddle boating, corn hole, playing with Sophie and Hugo- the dogs, and just an opportunity to enjoy some relaxing time.
The students are learning some work experience opportunities while at the ranch. These skills are helping the students learn to be better prepared for the real world when they are seeking a job for their future. The students have worked hard on better communication, teamwork, following directions, being respectful, completing a task all the way, learning to take care of animals, and pride in knowing a job is done well.
We appreciate the opportunity to be able to give back to this organization.