From Homelessness to a High School Formal

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Oct 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

From Homelessness to a High School Formal

It’s the little things that can mean so much to a teenager whose only idea of “normal” is homelessness. Things like having a safe place to stay, regular meals, access to showers and clean clothes to change into- or going to your high school dance with someone you really like.

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services

Hays House Kids Explore the Power of “Willingness”

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Hays House Kids Explore the Power of “Willingness”

It was a sultry Saturday afternoon, 109 degrees in the shade. Three therapists and three teenage girls from Hays House sat under the park’s only tree, watching the sun beat down on three horses in a sand-filled arena with no shade at all. They (the humans, not the horses) were discussing the idea of “willingness” and the girls were being asked to think about and try to practice willingness at today’s equine therapy session.

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services

Amanda Learns She’s not Alone

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

Betrayed by her family, Amanda once believed she had only herself to rely on. But she left Hays Shelter home knowing that her IYR “family” will always be here to support her into adulthood.               

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services

Shawna Learns What Safety Feels Like

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Mar 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Shawna Learns What Safety Feels Like

When Shawna and her family lived in the projects of inner city Detroit, just getting from home to school and back each day was a dangerous journey. At 16, Shawna was struggling with depression and explosive anger. One too many fights with teachers finally got her expelled, and that’s when she confided to her mother that she was being sexually abused by a neighbor. Even worse- the abuse had been going on since Shawna turned 13, and the abuser had terrified her into silence by threatening to hurt her family if she "told on him."

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services

It’s Never too Late to Say Thank You

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Feb 4, 2015 12:00:00 AM

It’s Never too Late to Say Thank You

Last month we received this heartfelt letter from a young man who stayed at Hays Shelter Home with his sister more than a year ago. They had been living on the street. When they first came to Hays, they didn't know what to make of being in IYR's care and were wary of us, but sometimes It's the most challenging kids who make the biggest transformation.Thanks to your generous support, they found their way out of homelessness and into a future with direction and possibility.

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services

Braving the Waters

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jan 13, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Braving the Waters

Neglected, abondoned or abused kids often don't get to have the kind of childhood experiences that most of us take for granted. Like playing catch, learning how to ride a bike, or learning how to swim.

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services

Harvest at Hays House

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Harvest at Hays House

Last April, staff and kids at Hays House moved the backyard garden to a sunny spot beside the greenhouse and built three new garden beds with salvaged concrete blocks. North End Organic Nursery (NEON) donated three cubic yards of rich, fertile soil and Edwards Greenhouse donated cash the kids spent on pumpkin starts.

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services

Learning Through Service at Hays House

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Learning Through Service at Hayes House

 In addition to receiving counseling, kids in our residential programs spend time every week getting involved in their community through volunteer projects. The Idaho Youth Ranch service learning program has included many community organizations and nonprofits. To date, IYR kids have served more than 100 meals at the Boise Rescue Mission, packed 1500 lbs. of donations at the Idaho Foodbank, delivered 32 meals for Meals on Wheels, and cared for service animals with Mini-Joys, a local non-profit that provides miniature horses for therapeutic healing.

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Topics: Hays House, Programs and Services