Mental Health, Crisis Intervention


Experience Freedom at Runnin Free Ranch

Ennis, TX


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


Principal Officer

Amy Dojahn

Main Address

1403 Old Bardwell Rd

Ennis, TX 75119 USA


Equine assisted counseling/activities





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Other Services (D60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

According to 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.

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Our programs

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

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Equine Assisted Counseling

Equine assisted counseling, mentoring and group sessions are provided FREE OF CHARGE

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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

Increased number of clients and testimonials from our clients, indicating relief form trauma, anxiety, depressions and other behavioral issues.

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

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?