A New Chapter: Facing Change

Thank you to Donna Nugent, one of our fantastic new volunteers, for graciously offering her story to our Renew family. From the time I have shared with Donna, she has been incredibly sincere and loving. She adds so much to our team, thank you Donna! “I would like to tell you a little about how becoming a volunteer at Renew has impacted me. If I could sum up the last year in one word it would have to be “change.” My life has been full of changes in a short period of time and it has been hard, yet good in some ways too as I can see the blessings that God has provided along the way. I lost my husband, Ted, of 46-years in July of 2017. The last

Look Who’s Been Arrested!

Look Who’s Been Arrested! Our Arrestees for Renew’s 2018 Denim & Diamonds fundraiser have been rounded up and are in need of BAIL! To help our Arrestees (and provide support for Renew’s participants), please scroll to the bottom of the page and select the “DONATE” button. The Arrestee who gathers the most bail will be announced at our Denim & Diamonds fundraiser on April 26th! Please follow up your online donation with an email to Melissa at renewriding@gmail.com indicating who your donation is for. THANK YOU for your generosity!

If You Could Live Anywhere, Where Would You Live?

During a recent conversation with Joe, one of our students who helps with volunteer work, I asked the question: “Joe, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?” He responded after thinking for a moment: “Probably Hamilton, Michigan…so I could be closer to Renew and to the horses. They are my best friends.”  

A Volunteer’s Journey & What Led Her to Renew

We’ve been blessed to have Laurie Slater as a Volunteer since 2015. She has filled many roles for us over the last few years and in addition to being a Greeter and Sidewalker during lessons, she supports Renew by completing numerous administrative projects and being a vital part of our Denim & Diamonds fundraiser committee. We are grateful that she has offered to share part of her journey with us below. “Volunteering not only benefits the organization you are blessed to be working with, but it also adds quality to the life of the person volunteering. I was one of those people who kept saying “when I retire I am going to…” I had many things that I would list off, with volunteering being one of those things until a

March WHY

We not only work on improving various daily life skills for individuals, but we also provide space for one rider, in particular, to have the “best days of her life.” Thank you for all of you who are making the Renew experience possible.   Click on the image above to enlarge.

A Mother Shares

  A mother of one of our students shares what she has noticed from her daughter’s experience at Renew: “There have definitely been improvements from riding. Horses provide a unique opportunity for kids to become more aware of their bodies and how their actions affect the world around them. The Instructors and Staff at Renew are very open to my daughter’s specific needs and unique characteristics and are willing and able to meet her where she is at. My daughter is building confidence in her skills and can be very excited about what she has learned.” We love seeing our seeing our students build their confidence and improve in their independent skills. As we develop lesson plans for each student, we strive to be mindful and creative in how to best

Valentine’s Highlights

We had so much fun celebrating our volunteers and riders over Valentine’s week. Here are a few of the special moments we were able to capture. We are so proud of our riders and a special THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who make this possible!  

Why do you Serve?

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.

Visit from Mary Free Bed

    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)!  

Support Renew with AmazonSmile

  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