We received a special message from a Ben’s Hope staff member and wanted to share… “It has been so great experiencing Renew with the Ben’s Hope residents! What you guys do is amazing! Here’s a little bit about my experience… For the past year, I have been lucky enough to accompany some of the Ben’s Hope residents to their weekly horseback riding lessons at Renew. It has been incredible to see the immense changes in the residents and the improvements they have made. One resident refused to put on his helmet the first time we went and now he puts it on independently. Another participant had never ridden before and now he can independently use his reigns to direct his horse when to turn, when to stop and when
Help us in welcoming Kelly Leikert in her new position as Volunteer Coordinator! Kelly has been a dedicated volunteer since 2013 and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our team in a new way. In her role as Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly will be handling all of the scheduling and education of volunteers at Renew. She will be our point-of-contact for volunteer documentation, volunteer scheduling for lessons, and she will also be leading our monthly volunteer orientation. In addition, as of June 2018, Kelly became a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor! She is now teaching lessons for Renew and we are grateful for her dedication and passion for our program, students, and volunteers! If you haven’t met Kelly yet, please introduce yourself and give her your best
Our 2nd annual Ride-A-Thon held on Saturday, July 28th turned out to be a great day! Our teams for the event did an outstanding job raising funds in support of our program. We were able to utilize our online fundraising platform with GiveGrove for the first time and overall it was a positive experience, and most importantly we feel our supporters felt it was helpful and user friendly. We had 6 teams of riders who enjoyed our half-mile outdoor track and completed an obstacle course set up with various challenges and for a range of riding levels. Instructors presented each rider with a champion ribbon as a way to celebrate each person and their accomplishments. After a busy morning, we were able to sit back and relax together while enjoying
Renew continues to be blessed with exceptional people! Volunteers, sponsors, Instructors … all come together to influence the culture and services we provide to our wonderful students. Your time, your donations, your passion – are invaluable to us! Click on the image above to enlarge.
We are thankful for our faithful supporters, the Holland Junior Welfare League! Their most recent grant award to Renew provided funding for 12 local public school students to either receive lessons or to attend a week of summer day camp. In addition, we were excited to have sponsorship for a new program this year where we offered a camp experience to four siblings of our therapeutic riding students. This funding has richly enhanced our program offerings for the summer, and this would not have been possible without the generosity of the Holland Junior Welfare League. On behalf of the students who are benefitting, as well as from our Board, staff, and volunteers, thank you!
Renew is a special organization… we believe in serving our students to the best of our ability, supporting our community, and helping each other. We value each person, no matter their strength or weakness and strive to provide experiences that improve quality of life. We are called to love one another – this is how we love. At times, it’s a moment of encouragement, a cheer of excitement… at other times, it’s a listening ear or a sincere smile… or maybe even a gentle touch, the security of support. Each of us has a purpose and makes a contribution. Without you Renew wouldn’t be quite the same. Together, we are better.
Renew attended Ottawa County’s Berlin Fair on June 21, 2018 in support of their Disability Awareness Day! Our horses, Honey and Pizzazz, were a big hit and provided entertainment and a unique sensory experience. The kids had fun interacting with the horses, drawing on them with chalk, feeding treats, and learning about their personalities. What a great day! We were proud to be able to serve our community in this way.
We have a wonderful team and are incredibly grateful for your support! Click on the image above to enlarge.
MANY THANKS to Crazy Horse for supporting Renew TRC through the fundraising efforts on June 5th, 2018. Crazy Horse provided 10% of the evening’s proceeds to support our program! Your support means so much to us and the individuals we serve. The management & staff at Crazy Horse were incredibly gracious and were wonderful hosts as they invited Renew team members to come and interact with dinner guests in promotion of our program. Thank you to all who came out to join us and to support our program!
Help us in welcoming Lark in her new role as Intern for our program! Lark recently graduated with a degree in Recreation Therapy from Calvin College. She will be interning full-time for us until September. Lark has been volunteering for us throughout her last semester and has grown up around horses. She sought out Renew for an internship as she felt that this setting was the best fit for her in comparison to more of a clinical setting. She enjoys the outdoors and felt this environment fit her personality better. With her volunteer experience thus far, she has been surprised to see just how many different types of disabilities our therapeutic riding program serves, in addition to the different levels of functioning of the students. She also mentioned that