Bit of Hope Ranch
Reach, Rescue and Restore
Bit of Hope Ranch is a place of refuge and therapy for hurting children and families. The need was to create a therapy room that would make the children feel welcomed and give them the opportunity to have 1:1 sessions and group therapy. Now the kids have a warm environment where they can fully relax, open up and heal.
The second need was to build a shed that will house the therapy horses in their natural environment. Having multiple sheds will keep horses from being bullied and allow constant access to hay and shelter. Sheds will be built to withstand storms and can be cleaned on a daily basis to prevent disease and poor hoof conditions.
About Bit of Hope Ranch
The mission of Bit of Hope Ranch is to Reach, Rescue and Restore hurting children, families and horses through programs that build mind, body and spirit.
This non-profit, 501(c)3 organization was founded in 2008 out of Meg Vanderbilt’s passion to help hurting children by allowing them to find hope and healing through a relationship with a horse. All of the horses and animals have a story when they arrive at the Ranch. Children can often identify with these physical or emotional scars that the horses present.
The Ranch is located on 45 acres of hardwood and pasture land. The facilities include 2 barns, 2 covered riding arenas and a large grass arena. A two-acre stocked pond complete with bonfire pits, play areas and a gazebo add to the serenity found at the Ranch. The crow of a chicken or a nicker from a horse can be heard daily. The Ranch is now home to 17 horses and other small farm animals. A low ropes course and walking/riding trails also offer many therapeutic benefits.
Bit of Hope is driven by volunteer power and funded by donation dollars. Every week, fifty volunteer hours keep the animals fed and the Ranch running smoothly. Dozens more volunteer hours are required each week for groups and educational programs. It takes a lot of hands to offer these amazing programs.
Learn more about Bit of Home Ranch at bitofhoperanch.org