We are continually grateful and astounded by the support we receive for this organization. We have been inspired to try and capture “why” our supporters have chosen to serve and be a part of our Renew family. Together we are changing lives. We believe that we have been blessed so that we can be a blessing. (Zechariah 8:18-23) Click on the image above to enlarge.
We had a few special visitors this week from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, who toured our facility, viewed lessons, and discussed services in order to provide referrals for their patients. We thoroughly enjoyed your company and getting to know you, in addition to our discussion on what we can offer in hopes of building a collaborative relationship for the benefit of your clients in the future. Thank you for taking the time to come and visit (and for making the trip despite the snow)!
Our first question is, do you shop on Amazon.com? Our second question is, have you heard of AmazonSmile? If you ever shop on Amazon.com then we must fill you in about AmazonSmile. If you haven’t already heard, this is an awesome way to support your favorite charity as AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of every purchase to the charity of your choice…and guess what, Renew is on the list of optional charities! AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon.com and all of the products and prices remain the same to consumers. This is a great way for you to support Renew every time you shop, at no additional cost to you. Instead of shopping at Amazon.com, you will use smile.amazon.com. Both of these sites look exactly the same, but Renew won’t get the
Thank you to the Hope College students who did a fantastic job serving at Renew for their Days of Service volunteer project! We put the group of 20 volunteers to work in the pasture cleaning the outdoor shelter area and mucking the surrounding paddocks, helping with a hay delivery, fixing the netting on the feed stations, sweeping, and general barn clean up. It was wonderful to have such a great group come to help out around the barn, we enjoyed having you. Many of the students in this group were first-time volunteers at Renew. Please know you are always welcome to come back. We love our volunteers and Hope students have a special place in our hearts! If you could use a break from class and studying during the
Ashley (Age 16) has been interning with us this week through Holland Christian High School’s “Winterim” program. Students receive credit for interning at a local organization and must complete 30 hours of practical work experience. The purpose for the internship is to offer students exposure in a field of interest which may impact career direction. Ashley stated she chose Renew for her placement because she has an interest in both, horses and working with special needs individuals. She worked with horses several years ago while her sister leased a horse and she was able to learn about caring for them and riding during that time. She was also on the equestrian team in middle school. Ashley also mentioned that she has volunteered for Ottawa Area Center (a public school
Merry Christmas to you and your family from our Renew team! We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. We loved celebrating with Santa during our Christmas Open House and we had such a fun time making memories. Here are some of our favorite photos with good ole St. Nick.
We had a great turnout for our “Taking the Lead” horse training. “Taking the Lead” is an innovative teaching method created by Sandy Webster. Sandy is a friend of Renew and has over 30 years of experience in the field. Sandy visited Renew in 2015 to implement the first “Taking the Lead” clinic at our location. If was so effective that since 2015 we have implemented her training at least once annually, which is now taught by our instructors. A primary goal of “Taking the Lead” is to enhance trust between the horse and his or her leader and thus enhance the working relationship. Naturally, this process also has positive effects for the rider. Some of the highlights of the training include: desensitizing our horse partners, demonstrating consistent
PATH International (Intl.) stands for Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and is the premier credentialing organization for our industry of equine-assisted activities and therapies. This organization provides certification for instructors and equine specialists for accredited centers on an international scale. The strict guidelines and high standards make this certification well sought-after and highly respected within the industry. Their mission is “to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.” We, at Renew, are proud to say that our center is accredited and all of our instructors are PATH Intl. certified. We attained our center accreditation in 2016 and we require each of our lesson instructors to be certified before teaching lessons. As part of PATH Intl., our instructors are invited to attend and
We had a wonderful group of volunteers from EverGreen Ministries in Hudsonville come to help at Renew today. Approximately 20 high school students and a handful of leaders from their Student Ministries Fall Camp were ready to jump right in and handle any task at hand. They completed a range of projects for us and we even had a bunch of students volunteer with enthusiasm to clear manure from the pasture in the pouring rain – talk about being ready and willing to serve! Thank you so much for your joyful hearts, laughter, and hard work today!
Renew Treasurer and dedicated Volunteer, Deb VanSchepen, shares a heartfelt message about her experience with two Renew students from the Summer of 2017. Deb begins, “I volunteered on Thursdays this summer and was blessed to work with Allison (Instructor) and Kelli (Volunteer). We had two students in the afternoon that have been forever woven into the fabric of my heart and life. John and Sam became part of my weekly routine and I looked forward to seeing them every bit as much as they looked forward to riding! I first met John during our school group last spring. His dad came to observe lessons a couple of times and decided to continue John’s lessons during the summer term. The highlight for me was watching him participate in our Ride-A-Thon event.