Timothy could be Tom Sawyer. Fair-skinned with dark, curly hair and an endearing Southern twang, the 10-year-old lived a lifetime of unforgettable adventures with his Dad. From storm chasing to four-wheeling, his precious memories are vivid. Sadly, so is the day his Dad died. It was Superbowl Sunday. After hearing a loud crash, Timmy raced to the bottom of the driveway to find his Dad lying on the side of the road, struck by a speeding car. He never woke up. Timothy is a Kairos Kid at Hope Reins. They experience a depth of trauma most kids never do.
Thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers, and families we serve for your concern over the well-being and safety of the Hope Reins herd during the impending hurricane. Twinkle Prepares for Hurricane Florence We've prepared the ranch property to be as secure as humanly possible for all the horses, including shelter, water, food, fencing, and enough open space, which allows them to instinctively move out of harm's way. Our Ranch Manager, Brandon Wert, and his family live on site and will monitor closely the horses and ranch pastures as Florence moves through. We will be closed beginning Thursday, September 13, through Sunday, September 16.
Do you know what it feels like to be the “awkward” kid? Cheyanne does. Chey and Deetz Bullied at an early age, she fell into depression after her parents’ separation. At school, her social anxiety manifested itself into goofiness, but rather than laugh with her, classmates laughed at her. When she began cutting, her Mom, Elvira, feared the worst. The turning point was the night Cheyanne ended up in the emergency room with a gaping self-inflicted wound. “I thought she was going to kill herself.” The first time they came to Hope Reins, Elvira couldn’t
After her son took his own life at the age of 27, Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church, one of the largest evangelical Christian churches in the country, penned the book “Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough.” Amid her deepest grief with the death of Matthew, Warren discovered her greatest calling – as an advocate for mental health. She says, “My life has been torn down to the foundation, ruined, and yet, at the same time, I know God has a plan for me.” Warren’s words are a sobering reminder that the depths of despair can be
When Aaron Guin texted his wife, Amanda, that he was ‘done,’ she didn’t know what he meant until she heard the police sirens. He’d been at home with another deep bout of depression, so she and her two young kids were staying nearby at her parent’s house until ‘Daddy felt better.’ But this time it was different. The beloved husband, doting father, 82nd Airborne Ranger, and neighborhood Mr. Fixit lost his battle with the demons that haunted him since serving in the Gulf War. Aaron Guin, who could tinker with anything and make it work, sadly couldn’t
The success of Hope Reins as a ministry is rooted in the deep, significant relationships found here. Kids learn to trust by bonding with session leaders. Volunteers rely on team members to speak courage into their lives when things get tough. And, then there’s the extraordinary connection between Hope Reins’ trainers and our horses. The special friendship forged between Anne Sanders and Cadence, a beautiful, 38-year-old Morgan horse with big brown eyes, exemplifies the kind of love we all seek: one that is steeped in kindness, patience, and compassion. Cadence – or Cadie as she’s affectionately called – joined the