SRD Hope and Horses

$5,720 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 1 month
Our kids need your help. With teen suicide and depression on the rise, kids need a safe place where they can receive mental heath and well-being through equine therapy to help them cope and feel safe. SRD ~ Straightening Reins is that place and it’s right here in Santa Clarita!  But we are at risk of losing our ranch as our lease will expire before the end of 2018.  We need your help so that we can find our forever home to house our horses and nurture our kids.  

*  According to the CDC, suicide rates have skyrocketed 31 percent among teens from 2010 to 2015, particularly among girls, who saw a 65 percent increase in suicides and 58 percent rise in depression rates.

*  Depression is a leading cause of lost U.S. productivity, with an annual cost of $44 billion to employers, according to the Depression Center at the University of Michigan. 

*  Employers are losing 27 work days per depressed worker, with two-thirds coming from "presenteeism"--when workers are present, but less productive.

*  Treating depression saves employers $2,000 annually per employee through improved health and productivity, according to the Center of Workplace Mental Health

*  Mental illness is estimated to result in $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.

The mission of the Samantha Rocha Dyer (SRD) Foundation Straightening Reins is to improve teen and adolescent mental health and well-being through experiential learning, self-discovery, and modeling positive choices. Using equine-assisted therapeutic programs we provide tools and support that address the emotional challenges facing our youth. With an emphasis on reducing teen suicide, SRD Straightening Reins is a resource for youth, families, schools, and the community at large. Our programs promote recovery and resiliency by actively addressing behavioral/emotional problems, substance abuse, violence, child abuse, and communication issues.

For over seven years, we have been able to fulfill our mission to serve our most vulnerable youth in community who have greatly benefited from our programs and services.  It has been a challenging yet very rewarding experience for our staff and dedicated supporters and partners. At the same time, our ability to be able to continue our programs and services is at risk.  We ask for your help and support again as we are presently at a pivotal point in the history of our organization that will impact our ability to continue our programs and services to the youth that depend on us.

Our immediate need is to find a forever home for SRD~Straightening Reins.  We are in desperate need for a facility to house 8 stalls, chicken cop, arena and trailer for office space.  For the past 7 years, we have been leasing the land we have used. After our SRD board began renegotiating the lease with the current property owner, it became apparent that the facility will no longer work for the needs of our programs. So, we are not able to renew our lease, which expires before the end of 2018.

Read the Article in the SCV Signal:  https://signalscv.com/2018/08/equine-therapy-ranch-may-close-if-new-home-isnt-found/#disqus_thread

Thank you for supporting us in our effort.

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We have raised $5705 so far! That’s wonderful!! Thank you so much for your generosity!! All of the funds raised so far are being used for programs and taking care of our herd.
But, we still need a facility and we only have 5 days to get it figured out or the Board will vote to close SRD. We can’t let that happen because our kids need us!!
We need to gain national exposure so I’ve started a twitter challenge. Please reply to this thread on twitter and share what SRD means to you. https://twitter.com/danaleigh2_db/status/1044227491311886336?s=21
Copy your friends and anyone you know who can help get the word out. Copy Celebrities and ask them to retweet. Let’s see how large an audience we can reach on Twitter. There may be someone who will be touched by our story who can help us . Let’s start a movement! Let’s exceed 25K views! If you don’t have a twitter, Copy this message to fb, instagram, etc.
Time is running out! Thank you
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A sincere thank you to everyone who has donated to SRD! We are actively looking at potential ranch properties while continuing to work with our youth!
A shout out to our donors today from ranch crew...
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Thanks to your generosity, we have surpassed $5000! Please keep sharing so that SRD can continue to help youth through equine therapy.
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Check out our news story on SCV today show!
Mike Bjorkman & Vanessa Wilk
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$5,720 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 1 month
Funds raised will benefit:
Srd-Straightening Reins Foundation
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Santa Clarita, CA
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