RAVEN ROCK RANCH

Recovering kids, rescuing horses, restoring families. Working together to change lives.

Redmond, WA   |  www.ravenrockranch.org

Mission

Intercepting and breaking the cycles of Teen Suicide, Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence by pairing horses with the children and transforming the youth and horse in a bond of trust that leads to mental and physical recovery.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Sandra Matts

Co Principal Officer

Tim Matts

Main address

20503 NE 122nd St

Redmond, WA 98053 USA

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EIN

27-3362900

NTEE code info

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

Single Organization Support (E11)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Our programs

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

Equine-Facilitated Therapy & Equine-Facilitated Learning

The key focus for Raven Rock Ranch (RRR) is intercepting and breaking the cycles of:
- Trauma
- Teen Suicide
- Human Trafficking
- Domestic Violence

Raven Rock Ranch (RRR) works with an at-risk adolescent demographic (troubled youth at-risk for various negative outcomes, ranging from mild to severe). Examples include: Truancy, drug or alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide, and emotional &/or psychological disturbances.) RRR does not charge any client and relies 100% on donations. RRR uses the H.E.A.L (Human Equine Alliance & Learning) Therapeutic Model which revises the relational brain’s neural circuits using Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning (EFPL) pairing one horse with one child to form a feeling of connection between the at-risk youth and the horse. Our program is designed to develop skills such as cooperation, trust, self-confidence and responsibility with the goal of transferring these skills into their everyday lives and reconnecting with peers, family and their community.

Our time with each youth is 90 minutes per week. During that time, each child cares for “their” horse, as they have the same horse every week to promote bonding. Many times their foster or adoptive parent works side-by-side with the child. Eighty-five percent of our kids are in foster care or the adoption system. This working shoulder-to-shoulder allows the child to connect with those working with him/her. Many times, the child, therapist and parent work around the ranch together, too. Cleaning stalls, sweeping, cleaning saddles and bridles all help to offer the child a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth. They are truly helping their horse. All of the youth work one-on-one with a facilitator. The therapeutic bond includes the horse, child and therapist. The horse is the “bridge” relationship that allows human-to-human relationships to form and flourish.

In addition, RRR has developed a program designed for the Parents/Guardians of the youth. The objective of the program is to help each Parent/Guardian to become better equipped to succeed in negotiating the challenges of raising an at-risk child. We use the same H.E.A.L. modality when working with the parents.

We are 100% donor based.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
Caregivers
Families

Raven Rock Ranch also rescues abused and abandoned horses. Some horses we receive will just need to be "re-homed" from an owner who cannot provide for their basic needs (owner will quite likely have the best interest of the horse in mind and may donate the animal to our program), others will truly need to be rescued from situations of neglect and abuse (owner will likely not part with horse unless dollars are involved.) Once a horse is in our care, assessments will be made to see if the animal will work into our program. We carefully evaluate each horse for temperament and reliability.

Population(s) Served

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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RAVEN ROCK RANCH

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sandy Matts


Board co-chair

David Boker

Tim Matts

Jayne Boker

Steve Bordner

Betty Bordner

Judy Manson

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