We have a simple mission: to save lives, strengthen relationships, and brighten futures using nature as a tool. To do that we use outdoor therapy as an alternative for Veterans and teens who have not found success in a formal counseling setting, Our focus is preventing suicide and equipping people with the skills to thrive in their lives.
Warrior's Ranch was formed in 2016 as a place where the beauty of the outdoors would be used to address the specific needs of Veterans and teens struggling with PTSD, depression or anxiety. In late 2018 the Ranch moved to Chapman after the donation of 40 acres to develop an Outdoor Therapy Center, which is currently being built.
Our work is rooted in compassion, personalized programming, and proven therapy models. We provide programs and peer support networks that make a long-lasting difference in the healing journey. Our work would not be possible without our generous volunteers, donors and staff.
Nothing heals quite like the great outdoors. Veterans or teens, in small groups with their peers, have the opportunity to experience the magnificent beauty and wilderness of Kansas through camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing and boating trips which are led by an Outdoor Therapist. Trips are scheduled throughout the year and will be handicap accessible by 2020.
Working with a horticultural therapist, Veterans experience the rewards and peace that come from planting and cultivating one’s own food or flowers while learning sustainable skills. The harvest may then be taken home to enjoy, developed into an end-product or sold at the local Farmer’s Market as produce.
A horse has an incredible ability to connect with humans and serve as a mirror to our emotions. Depending on the case, Veterans and teens ride, groom and/or care for their therapy horse in a safe, controlled environment. Horses rescued from slaughter, injured horses and retired horses are used for these therapies and have a special understanding of second chances and past traumas.
Beginning in 2020 Veterans with an interest in a second career can explore brick masonry, carpentry, construction design, electrical wiring, HVAC, painting, plumbing, roofing, solar installation, and welding through the construction of tiny homes. Mini-classes in entrepreneurship, finance and marketing provides business acumen to ensure career success as you transition to the civilian workplace. In partnership with the Horticultural Therapy program, Veterans may also explore landscaping and large-scale herb production and processing.
Additional therapies, such as Art, Yoga, Meditation and CrossFit will be considered based on interest and availability of certified instructors.
A gift of $25 can go a long ways. A gift of $50 will provide an hour of equine therapy. A gift of $100 will sponsor a Veteran on a fishing trip. You WILL make an impact on a life with your support.
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