RUNNIN FREE RANCH

Experience Freedom at Runnin Free Ranch

Ennis, TX   |  www.runninfreeranch.org

Mission

The mission of Runnin Free Ranch is to provide a non-judgmental, non-pressured environment where veterans, children with special needs, at-risk youth and their families can experience freedom, hope and positive life-changing relationships through the facilitation of equine assisted activities and counseling.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Amy Dojahn

Main address

1403 Old Bardwell Rd

Ennis, TX 75119 USA

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EIN

47-4615353

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to mentalhealthtx.org 1 in 5 adult Texans will experience a mental health concern at some point this year. Over 20% of children ages 9-17 have a diagnosed mental illness.
Runnin Free Ranch is working to address our communities mental health needs by providing professional equine assisted counseling services free of charge. Much of the time mental health those who need mental health services the most can face many obstacles to receiving those services. For example they may not have insurance, they may not qualify for services and/or they are just overwhelmed by the process of applying for services. Runnin Free Ranch desires to remove any obstacle that may be in the way of receiving the mental health help that a person needs by providing equine assisted counseling free of charge. Finally, this experiential type of therapy may also be more inviting and beneficial to certain populations, such as veterans with PTSD, as opposed to conventional therapy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equine Assisted Counseling

Runnin Free Ranch facilitates one to two hour sessions for each individual, family or group using a mental health professional, horse specialist and a rescued horse or horses to help participants affected by trauma to examine their human relationship patterns through the example of their human/horse relationship experience.
In other equine assisted activities the horse and activity are used as possible metaphors, where the mental health professional and/or equine specialist point out these possible metaphors to the participant(s) or group to their life experiences.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
At-risk youth

Facilitation of equine assisted activities and trauma focused equine assisted psychotherapy in which one has the opportunity to learn communication skills, team building, goal setting, confidence building, personal insight and how to build healthy connected relationships through the human/horse relationship experience.
Sessions are individually tailored to meet each participant's need

Population(s) Served
Families
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To be a non judgemental, non pressured environment

2. To make mental health services accessible to all by providing our services free of charge

3, To incorporate equine assisted counseling sessions to help those affected by mental health issues such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other anxiety issues, depression and behavioral and emotional issues.

4. To help a person experience freedom in their life by either introducing a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ or by helping them to grow in their walk with Jesus.

Our strategies are to

1. Welcome each person to Runnin Free Ranch no matter their status, race, disability or gender
2. To create fundraising opportunities, encourage donations and seek funding opportunities so we can continue to offer our services free of charge.
3. Facilitate equine assisted counseling sessions that are tailored to meet the need presented
4. Be the light and the salt of the earth that points to Jesus when an opportunity is presented

First we are not capable of doing this. We believe at Runnin Free Ranch that these goals and strategies are ultimately accomplished by Jesus working in us, His power not ours.

With that being said, Runnin Free Ranch has 3 rescued horses that are a part of our therapy program.

We have two fundraisers each year, a fishing tournament and a horse clinic. We are continuing to expand our fundraising opportunities to help support Runnin Free Ranch and we have active partnerships with other local counselors, the boys and girls club, veteran associations and mhmr

We do not charge for our sessions and we have increased the number of equine assisted counseling sessions from approximately 40 sessions in 2016 to 100 sessions in 2017 and over 400 session in 2018

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RUNNIN FREE RANCH

Board of directors
as of 3/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Matt Neal

GAF

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Matt Walker

Pastor of Anthony Drive Baptist Church

Term: 2019 - 2022

Matt Walker

Pastor of Anthony Drive Baptist Church, Ennis, TX

Matt Neal

Engineer at GAF

Amy Andresen

Professional Horse Trainer

Joyce Lindauer

Attorney

DJ Dojahn

Entrepreneur

Ashley Neal

Physical Therapist

Robert Collins

VP of First State Bank Ennis, TX

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/02/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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