Dreamhaven Ranch is much more than a place to ride horses. Our classes include all aspects of horsemanship, and we are about building relationships with those that partner with us. We also strive to show and share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet. We offer different types of mentorship, leadership programs which develop students character and faith, as well as outreach activities to give
back to our community.
One-on-One Youth Mentoring: The foundation of the program is youth mentoring. An individual child is paired with a trained adult leader and one of the Dreamhaven horses for a 90-minute riding or ground education session, tailored to meet the distinctive needs of the child. Through the hands-on experience, children receive individual attention by a leader who understands their challenges and victories and is able share the values of family and community that our country was founded on. We offer these sessions from May through September –three days a week.
Working with horses: The majority of children who come to Dreamhaven are drawn to the ranch because of the horses. These kids will learn to correctly handle, groom, round pen, ride and even vet horses during their sessions. Again, each session depends on the needs of the child and of the horse on any given day.
Garden time: Picking vegetables, tending the garden, and learning where their food comes from is interesting to city kids.
Crafts: For those who do not wish to spend time riding horses, the ranch has assembled some wonderful craft options for a child and leader to use. One option is “horse painting.” The ranch horses are large and gentle, and make a great canvas for artistic expression.
Play: Often, the most valuable time in a child’s life is to allow and encourage kids to be kids by playing. Many children choose to spend their entire session wholly engaged in playing games.
Sessions can include one or many of the above components – or sometimes something entirely unique. Together, the leader and child determine the best course of action for each session time. Session leaders do their best to listen and creatively respond by using the resources of the ranch to support and encourage children in need.
>Why We Do It…
In an age of broken, blended and busy households, the ranch community at Dreamhaven seeks to offer what every child and adult desires the most – acceptance and a safe haven to grow and develop.
In addition to a mentoring program for children (which is offered free of charge thanks to generous donations from the community), Dreamhaven Ranch offers a volunteer program for adults and families. Working side-by-side to assist with the chores of caring for animals and tending to the garden and grounds, hearts are mended as kids, families and staff works together in the spirit of community. The
rural lifestyle is rewarding and healing.
Volunteers are an essential part of Dream Haven Ranch. Whether your interest is serving on the board of directors, helping with office and administrative duties, youth mentoring, or farm and horse care, we have a place for you in our community. All positions are subject to application and approval by the ranch directors and not all positions have current vacancies. Training is required for some positions. You can let us know what you are interested in by calling us at 208-830- 2705 or send us an email.
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