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.”
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
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 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
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!
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