So…Monday, August 10th started out just like any other day…doing chores, feeding the horses and feeding our barn cat, Jules. The day was full with us continuing to finish up our updates to the kitchen and dining room. We also had a volunteer coming in to help in doing a deep cleaning of the main lodge. We were scheduled to have a ribbon cutting ceremony the next day with the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce.
Earlier in the morning we started getting reports of a fast moving storm sweeping across Iowa. We kept an eye on the radar and then the weather radio started going off with alerts. The rain started first and then suddenly without warning, the wind picked up. The shingles on the barn started to peel up and the pump house roof started to rise up off the building.
By this time, the rain was coming down so hard we could barely see the out-buildings from the main lodge. As we were standing in the doorway doing a visual check of the horses before we headed to the basement, the storm door was flung open by the wind. At this point we had no choice but to head to the safety of the basement. We stayed there until we could hear the wind subside and then slowly came back upstairs to see what was going on outside.
We know times are challenging right now but we want you to know we are still keeping busy by making improvements and updates to our Ranch facility and making plans for future programming. Our commitment to Serve as Christ Serves does not rest in the light of a pandemic. We find a great deal of hope in hearing from the families we serve and the difference our services have made in their life.
“The horse helped me learn to love and trust again. I now know I can tell my family what I am feeling and it will be okay.” Joey
“I told everyone I’m learning to control my anger by walking a horse. If I can walk a huge horse, controlling my anger isn’t so hard.” Mike
It’s true that Wolfe Ranch is a place to find peace and relaxation. But it’s the staff, board members, volunteers, prayer partners, and donors who make the Ranch what it is. The people of Wolfe Ranch believe in and are dedicated to its MISSION: “… to encourage hope, faith, and growth in the individuals, children, families in the communities …” of Marshall County and the surrounding area…