The Battle River Ranch Camp will soon be able to make some repairs and upgrades to the ranch after receiving a donation from a Lloydminster women’s charity group. The ranch received $11,700 courtesy of 100+ Women Who Care Lloydminster at their meeting on October 9.
The camp, located near Paradise Valley, provides men and women with hands-on training in life and job skills while they stay on the ranch.
The donation will go towards upgrading fencing and housing on the property. Director of Battle River Ranch Camp Harold Stephen says they will also buy a new welder for the program because their current one has stopped working.
The ranch started mentoring and training men in trade skills in 2012. Trainees stay on the ranch for a minimum six months before looking for careers in the trades or other industries. The ranch has taken in about 40 people for their short term program and 20 trainees in their long term program.
“Seventy-five per cent of our young people come from everyday regular homes who want to learn some skills and get into a career. Twenty-five per cent come from a troubled background but they have to have a one-year recovery plan to help them get back on track because that’s one way that tells you they’re ready for change.”
Stephen says the camp has a near 100 per cent success rate in finding careers for those who train at the camp.
“It’s tough for a lot of young people, a lot of men trying to raise families and a lot of young men trying to find purpose and a career so they can be a dad and a husband. We want to be a part of that. We can’t help everybody but we’re going to try our best.”
Snowflake House Respite Foundation was the recipient of the last donation of $19,800 from 100+ Women Who Care in May. At the meeting, the group reported their progress and talked about their new handicap van for their respite care program which was funded by the donation.
100+ Women Who Care Lloydminster started in January 2018 and has over 200 members in their organization. The group has raised over $125,000 in donations for different community groups in Lloydminster and surrounding areas.