Student says goodbye to Zen after a ride

November 2022 Update

Let the Festivities Begin

The holiday season is upon us and there are a lot of fun and exciting opportunities to get involved at Renew. Once our final session of therapeutic riding lessons wraps up in a week, Renew will be offering special programs to the community. Take a look and see how you might get involved. We’d love to have you out for one (or more) of these wonderful activities.

Group of students with Christmas lights and santa hats

Christmas Open House
Friday, December 2 from 5:30-6:30p

Come out to the farm for this free, festive event. There will be miniature horses, games, goodies, and more.

Carolyn Stich Painting Party
Friday, December 2 from 7:00-8:30p

Grab your tickets today for the Carolyn Stich Painting Party. All the supplies will be provided. Goodies will also be available, but feel free to bring your own beverage. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by clicking the “Donate” button at the top of the page. Select “Painting Party” in the drop down menu. See you Friday!

Miniature horse, Harvest, in the snow

Special December Programs

There are many exciting programs being offered in the month of December. Below are a few of the options, but make sure to click the button below for all the details and offerings. Whether you’re a volunteer, student, family member, or friend, we’d love to have you out to the farm this December.

  • Movie with the minis
  • Friends and family riding lessons
  • Round pen lesson
  • Hoofbeats of Hope
  • Holiday horse spa & tea
  • And more!

In Loving Memory of Angeline DeWitt

Tom, Mary, and Kellie Purmort, who have been part of the greater Renew family for many years, recently said goodbye to someone very dear to them. Mary’s mother, Angeline DeWitt, passed away this fall. While our sympathy goes out to the family, we are also incredibly thankful for the beautiful legacy Angeline leaves behind. Below is a brief tribute to an extraordinary and servant-minded life.

Thank, Mary, for sharing about your mom with the Renew family. And a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated to Renew in honor of Angeline.

This is a picture of my mom’s 96th birthday. She passed away 4 weeks before her 99th birthday. Even though she didn’t work as a registered nurse outside the home, she kept up her license. She was a great believer in helping others. While her family and faith were her priority, she gave to so many! She volunteered for years with the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and 28 years with Hospice of Holland. Even as her health was failing, she still wanted to help the caregivers in Assisted Living. She had a zest for life! She loved to cook, entertain, play golf, go to the theater, go to symphonic & band concerts, and traveled extensively worldwide. And, of course, she loved to come watch Kellie ride when she was able!

Mary Purmort

Giving Tuesday Update

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously on Giving Tuesday to support our equine ministry partners. The proceeds from this day of giving will go towards filling up the new hay barn with quality hay to ensure that our horses are healthy and ready to serve our community.

And thank you to Nelson Steel for the amazing gift of a $2,000 match!

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