What’s Up Idaho Youth Ranch Vision Forward
By Jason Fry, CEO In April, our headlight team continued to work on honing in on our dreams and vision to move the Idaho Youth Ranch forward. This process entails asking smart questions and really listening to one another for ideas, suggestions and wisdom. What do we want IYR to look like in 5 years? 10 years? What are the pressing community needs, and how are we best positioned to address those? Are there things we need to be doing differently? Are there things we need to do that are new? Are there things we’re currently doing that we should stop? We’re gearing up for an important discussion in early May with the Board of Directors. This discussion will help clarify the overarching question ‘where are we going?’ as an organization. This is an important process in our organization’s evolution. Our next step will then be to bring these ideas and concepts back to our staff to determine how we will execute in order to bring the vision to life. This is where we’ll need everyone’s help and innovation. Our leadership team will be having conversations about how we become better, and how we execute our important work more effectively. This is an exciting time for our IYR team. The direction we’re heading will strengthen the work we do with kids and families to maximize our opportunity for building promising futures.
IYR EMPLOYEES MADE IDAHO GIVES DAY GREAT! By Whitney Springston, Director of Marketing
May is an exciting month for the marketing team and we wanted to take a moment and acknowledge a few big successes. Idaho Gives Day is an annual day of giving sponsored by the Idaho Nonprofit Association. Led by a team of dedicated volunteers who love the wonderful organizations throughout the state, Idaho Gives day is a statewide day of giving.
In 2016 Idaho Youth Ranch received around $3000 in donations. In 2017, we received just over $7200. This year we raised over $11,000! This was not due to some marketing magic. It was a result of development helping secure two matching donors and team members from all over Idaho Youth Ranch who shared our social content, donated their personal money, and fundraised on our behalf. Idaho Youth Ranch employees raised and donated over $1000 for Idaho Youth Ranch programs. Thank you so much for reminding everyone why we come to work every day. You are amazing! Larry H. Miller Subaru presented the Subaru Share the Love event check to Jason Fry this month as well. What a great opportunity to share our mission with an incredible local organization.
PROGRAMS Adoptions Uses Counseling to Help Birth Parents By Donna Euler, Adoptions Program Manager
We continue to be busy providing birth parent counseling related to adoption planning and supporting birth parents with post-adoption services in their search and reunification efforts. Post-adoption services are provided to birth parents who placed children for adoption in the past; prior to our practice of doing fully disclosed adoptions. One infant has been placed in the last week, another placement is imminent, and twins are scheduled to be born in mid-May. As previously noted, we have been working with three separate birth mothers who have either placed or are planning to place their child(ren) for adoption through the agency. The challenge in providing services to them is three-fold - all of them came to us late in their pregnancies, so a lot of work needs to be done in a short period of time, and there are a significant distance and travel involved in order to meet the birth mother’s needs for counseling as one lives north of Bonner’s Ferry, one is in Sandpoint, and one is in Moscow (a distance of 180 miles separate them). Added to this challenge is the fact that we seldom have this many births in a 6 to 8 month period, much less a 3 week period.
“Your agency was able to provide me with the potential of adoptive parents who were from the State of Idaho rather than me needing to place my child with an adoptive family in another part of the country. I also wanted to work with an agency that could move quickly to facilitate my adoption.” Meeting the needs of the birth parents and the adoptive parents involved as well as scheduling the hospital discharges and arranging for the necessary court hearings will be a challenge, given the time constraints and the distance involved. When asked why she chooses our agency to help her with adoption planning, Charice stated:
We are continuing to work with Wednesday’s Wonderful Kids, Adopt Idaho, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho Child Welfare Research and Training Center to generate attendance from Idaho residents at the Wait No More conference. The Adoption program staff is making contacts with local clergy and other community partners to maximize conference attendance. This conference will be put on by Focus on the Family in September 2018 and is geared toward recruiting permanent homes for children in the child welfare system. As mentioned in a past report, we are applying to be a vendor at this conference in an effort to promote the agency’s Adoption services. Cherice is a 30-year-old woman who had considered placing her child for adoption when she found that she was facing an unplanned pregnancy. She did an Internet search and connected with an out of state adoption agency. She began receiving services from that organization, but her son was born prematurely and had some feeding issues. At that point, she felt that it would be in his best interest to parent him, so she put her adoption plan aside. After parenting her son for three months, she realized that she did not have the family support she was counting on and the birth father of the child had relapsed into drug use and could not be a stable influence in the boy’s life. She called the IYR Adoption program and asked for counseling related to an adoption decision. Cherice chose a local adoptive family and had formed a deep and caring relationship with them. Her adoption plan has not only provided a positive future for her son, but she now has additional “extended family members” in the form of her son’s adoptive parents and his adoptive grandparents. When she placed her son into the adoptive family’s arms, they all made it clear that she too was now part of their family.
YOUTHWORKS 2018 IS KICKING OFF
By Brianna Woolsey, Next Steps Program Supervisor Anchor House hosted an Alumni Graduation on April 27th. There were 13 eligible graduates and 8 in attendance! See attached photos! The Treasure Valley Alumni Graduation is May 3rd. We have 8 eligible graduates! Alumni, Nicole Kelly, filmed a testimonial video with the IYR Marketing team. Nicole was ecstatic to share her story of how IYR changed her life. Stay tuned for the video! YW! has started accepting applications for the summer program. The program will begin June 16th and run through August 9th. There are 12 trainee spots available. There have been 85 inquiries, and we have received 9 applications. The application deadline is May 25th. There are many deadlines this spring between Scholarship applications, graduations, and YW! summer. However, Nicki, the new YW! intern will start May 7th!
Adelah was 15 years old when she applied for YW! in summer 2016. She said she heard about the program through her counselor who provided her with a list of places hiring. Adelah chose to apply for YW! because she knew she needed to learn job skills before applying to other jobs. Adelah had no work or volunteer experience. Adelah described herself as an introvert who had a small group of friends who really struggled with staying on task and remembering to follow through on things. Adelah was unsure of her future plans. Although it took some time, Adelah opened up during YW! and did really well. She graduated the program and had reached out to YW! to be a job reference a couple times over the last 2 years. Adelah is completing her senior year at Capital High. She has been accepting to ISU and received a scholarship to pursue a Music Technology degree. Adelah even referred her sister to YW! for this summer!
PROGRAMS Idaho Horse Expo
By Melissa McDaniel, Program Administrative Assistant Each spring since 2009, 4-H Horse Project Members have partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to select and take home weanlings (wild horses which are 6-11 months old), so they can begin the process of gentling and training the horses— a critical step in the horses’ eventual adoption. Over the course of 60 days, the participating youth instill basic handling and foundation of trust in these young horses by training them to lead, to pick up their feet, and to load and unload from a horse trailer. From ground poles (logs,) to bridges, to backing through small spaces, these horses go from “wild to mild” and prepare to be adopted during the Idaho Horse Expo. Hands of Promise clients chose a wild colt in mid-February and named him “Mr. Dun.” Hands of Promise participated successfully with Mr. Dun in the BLM Trail Challenge on Saturday, March 24th and competed again at the Idaho Horse Expo April 13, 14, and 15th. Several members of Idaho Youth Ranch leadership attended the expo to raise awareness about our services and to recruit volunteers for the Youth Ranch.
Stacey Moody, Director of Sponsorships & Events, and Theresa Madrid, VP of Development, greeted Horse Expo visitors and shared the IYR vision.
Jeff Myers, VP of Marketing & Communications, shares his vision of Hands of Promise Campus with Mario Pile, HOP Program Manager and Bryant Ridgley, Interim Program Manager Hays.
SUCCESS STORY: Hays House
By Bryant Ridgley, Interim Program Manager James called the Hays crisis line and stated he had been in an argument with his step-mother and was kicked out of the home. He was just getting off work and called us while he rode around the city bus looking for a place to stay. He had tried all the other shelters, but they were unable to serve him since he was a minor. James arrived with only the items he takes with him to work and one change of clothes. He was terrified to let his parents know where he was because he was sure they would just pull him out. We were able to talk with James family about him staying at Hays while the family tension was high. Jamesâ€™ father came and signed James into the Hays program and allowed him to stay. James stayed for the federally funded 21 days for all runaway and homeless youth. When the 21 days came up, James was a month shy of turning 18, and the family was not able to take him in or pay for his stay. They were being evicted from their own home at the time. James had nowhere to go. James had already finished school and was working 40 hours a week on the Boise State University campus as a cook. He had saved up his money and insisted he pays his own way. He stayed until he turned 18 on April 30th. James was able to speak with his family without constant fighting and re-established contact with them after not speaking to them for weeks. He was accepted into housing in McCall, Idaho where he also has a job lined up at the resort. He will be starting there at the end of May. The Boise Rescue Mission and Hays House have always had a good relationship, and James was able to get a room with them until his job starts in a month. Without Hays, James and his family would not have been able to speak to each other without a fight and James would have been sleeping on the streets when no one else would have him. Our case manager Danyca Rainey and the YOUTHWORKS! Program Supervisor Briana Woolsey put in some good time helping James prepare for his discharge by helping him plan a budget and find a place to live. James is a real success for our team, and we are glad to see him go out into the world as an independent adult.
PROGRAMS Programs welcomes new therapists
By Cecilee Heath, Sr. Clinical Program Manager We are excited to announce the introduction of Adrienne Anderson! Adrienne will be working .5 full time at our Hands of Promise Campus as our Residential Therapist and .5 FTE as our Equine Assisted Psychotherapist out at Hands of Promise. Please take a moment to welcome Adrienne to the team! Here is a little about Adrienne:
“Hello, Everyone! My name is Adrienne Anderson. I recently moved here from California to follow my family to this beautiful area. The last seven years I have been working with people with intellectual disabilities in the group home setting. I finished my Master’s Degree in Social Work last year. At that time, my internship was at the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, where I was involved with individual and group therapy. I have also worked at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. I did my undergrad at UC Santa Barbara studying Sociology, where I played intercollegiate softball. During my stay in Santa Barbara, I had the pleasure of coaching Special Olympics softball. It was a blast! I love music, animals, family, gardening, and the opportunity to work with such a fine company! Thank you so much for having me, and I look forward to meeting everyone.” The work we do matters. You can tell when a kid is in trouble. You may not know why, but the behaviors – aggression, withdrawal, selfharm or destructive behaviors – all point to a young person in pain. Trauma – like neglect, abuse, violence, loss, abandonment, or years of stress during childhood—is transformative. The only question is how it will transform the life of a child. Without intervention, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are strongly associated with drugs, alcohol tobacco use, promiscuity, suicide, and depression. In Idaho, 27.9 of children experience 2 or more ACEs making them-
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4x as likely to become alcoholics, 2.9x more likely to do illicit drugs, 3x more likely to attempt suicide, 2.4 x as likely to experience depression.
We dream of a brighter future for Idaho’s kids. Therapeutic interventions give kids the skills they need to overcome ACEs and transform trauma into strength and resiliency. With your help, we can change the landscape of the future by stopping the generational cycle of trauma.
PROGRAMS Hays House Helps with Crisis Prevention
By Bryant Ridgley, Interim Program Manager April proved to be yet another fruitful month here at Hays. We have continued to be at 12-13 kids the whole time and people are calling every day for our help. We have been hard at work preparing for our staff training, future planning and upcoming changes. We will be bringing Crisis Prevention Intervention back to the Idaho Youth Ranch programs. This model of crisis prevention is a great way to be proactive with our residents and allow our team to be prepared for anything. Hays House welcome Tiffany McDonald to the team as our Residential Therapist taking over the reins for Jennifer Guzman. Jen moves up the ladder to the Treasure Valley Youth and Family Therapy team and we wish her the best of luck! We acknowledged our volunteers in an appreciation breakfast this month for volunteer appreciation day. This included members of the Optimist club, our volunteer nurse and all the kids. Our volunteers wish to extend a thank you to all of us as well. They were thrilled with the letter from the kids and staff here at Hays as well as the company acknowledgments. Family Night proves to be an exciting time here at Hays. We have our kids invite their families in once a month and work with their therapist to make an activity. The optimist club donated a gift card that allowed us to make it a pizza night with games in the back yard. It was a full house and we are already excited to plan next month’s events! Families were very excited about doing another activity like this very soon. Our Hays staff have created a softball team in a local league; aptly named “Hays Homies”. The staff are excited to get outdoors and spend time together outside of work. The kids have still been going to watch the games and cheer “or jeer” the staff on. The team spirit here at Hays has been exceptionally positive.
We had 3 successful discharge/ placements from Hays House this month. We have been full of longer than usual term clients and it was great to see our clients start to go out and be successful.
SUCCESS STORY: Hands of Promise Ranch By Mario Pile, Program Manager Before coming to the Idaho Youth Ranch, Cody struggled with relationships within his adoptive family. His parents expressed some concern with his high energy level, his ability to focus, and his ability to have mature conversations when family conflict arose. He had difficulty expressing his thoughts and feelings in a way that the adults in his life understood, and would opt instead for no communication at all during those times. While he was at the ranch,
Cody gained confidence in his decisions and how to communicate positively with those around him. Cody became an amazing peer mentor to the residents that came after him and took personal responsibility for his behavior at home as well as his performance at school. Now, after having learned the skills to cope with his thoughts and feelings and plan for his emotional success, Cody is able to focus on his future and accept the support of those who care for him.
THRIFT Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Stores Make Change Look Good By Rich Cline, Sr. Director of Retail Stores
Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Stores raised over $28,000 in round up donations in April! Our Social Enterprise team continues to evolve, re-engineer and change to meet our goal of being more efficient and drive more $$’s to our kids’ programs. The efforts in our stores and distribution centers have been amazing, and the attitudes have been so positive. The weather certainly has not been cooperating his spring as old man winter keeps customer’s minds off of spring clothing. However, it looks like spring has finally sprung in late April and our spring fashions will be joined by summer clothing as stores complete their final transition to warm weather selling. Come on in and see all the new deals!! We have just completed our re-merchandising of our Meridian store during the month of April. Congratulations to Angie, Dar and the Meridian team on their hard work to finished in a month and thank you to Ryan Peterson, Leah Toland, Jodi Al-Attia and Emily Fogerson for their hard work as well! Here are some of the exciting changes: Added 20% more hardlines shelf footage • Added 13% more Softline footage • New queue line with great consumable and general merchandise items to get that extra sale from each customer • Larger furniture display area with expanded artwork shelving • Added a kids room to feature expanded toys • Adding new fitting rooms with1 additional fitting room for our customers We now have 11 stores on the Powers
Candy program. This program can be put into a new queue line presentation or can just be additional candy racks in a store. We are averaging over $200 a week in sales in these stores which will add up to over $100,000 in sales for the year! Our thrift leadership team continues to implement processes that will reduce work at store level. These items include simpler RIMS pricing screens that will speed up production, streamlined daily sales paperwork that will speed up closing duties, and we will continue to look for more items that will make our store team’s jobs easier! Our Chinden store will be closing on 5/6. Laura Whitley and the team are doing a great job selling through their inventory and cleaning up the building for the new owner! All Chinden employees will continue to work for us in surrounding locations! Stores in the area around Chinden should expect some new customers heading their way! The new conex box (shipping containers) project is underway. The ground has been prepared and the boxes are being delivered. At last look, we had 6 conex boxes on the ground with 14 left to be delivered. These boxes will be our new storage to replace the outside storage warehouse that we are eliminating (which saves $130,000 a year in expense!!) Our new hardline processing area is now operational and due to the great execution at store level on donation intake, the speed of processing has been greatly increased!
Stores Above 50% Ontario 70.52% Lewiston 66.87% Coeur d’Alene 63.69% Orchard 57.13% Post Falls Outlet 55.75% Nampa Franklin 55.41% Broadway 53.38% Idaho Falls 53.34% Main Street 53.11% Jerome 51.98% Mountain Home 51.94% Chinden 51.18% Caldwell 50.99% Middleton 50.27% Top 10 Team Members Nathan Poyneer, Mountain Home Evelyn Banuelos, Ontario Kari Kasper, Lewiston Vicki Bercher, Irving Outlet Kali Deutsche, Orchard Justin Davis, Ontario Craig Miller, Mountain Home Sally Closson, Ontario Emily Russell, Ontario Niesha Rogers, Lewiston
74.52% 74.22% 73.90% 71.34% 70.49% 70.38% 68.78% 68.58% 68.16% 67.97
FUNDRAISING Development Relationships Mean Big Money for Idaho’s Kids By Theresa Madrid, Chief Development Officer
Wine Women and Shoes: Tickets go on sale for Coeur d’ Alene event on May 1st. The Boise event is all sold out with 480 guests!! Hooray for our generous sponsors and donors, and also hooray for those who come to the event to support the work we do with at-risk youth. Between these two events, we expect the net return to be about $300,000. That’s almost 10% of the amount we invested in kids last year, showing that these events are important fundraisers that make a difference in kids’ lives. LARGE Donation: Imagine Sara Parker’s surprise as she was opening the mail one morning to find a check for $1,000,000. Yes, that’s 6 zeros! A million dollars! It came from our favorite anonymous donor. This money was pledged and will be used to complete the construction of our indoor riding arena in Middleton, at the Hands of Promise Campus. Match Donation: We found our first donor to match the generous contributions of another donor who decided to give us $80,000 to help us build our base of major donors. The way it works is that when we get a NEW donor at the $5000 level, it unlocks $5000 from the matching donor. We get 4 matches per year, for 4 years. We have 2 more asks out there, so keep your fingers crossed.
IT Saves Idaho Youth Ranch Big Money By Greg Feeler, Director of IT IT continues to be busy with many projects throughout the Agency. Many of these are because we are an internal support group, and you all are our customers. Working in cooperation with Social Enterprise and Accounting, in less than two months our three departments selected a new Merchant Services (credit card processing) vendor, deployed new equipment to all the stores, and trained all store users (including two locations for Programs). We had to change away from our old credit card payment system by April 30th, but our project team (along with help from IntegriNet) got everything done several days ahead of the deadline. Not only will credit card processing in the stores by more secure (helping us attain PCI security compliance) but it will be more reliable than the old magnetic stripe readers we were using. Also, through competitive bidding for our new vendor, we should see annual processing fees savings of between $30,000 and $45,000!
Salesforce.com continues to grow in functions for IYR. Hubspot is the new tool for our Marketing Department which will host our new web site and enable sophisticated email campaigns. Classy is our on-line donation system, and Wealth Engine helps identify valuable donor information. All three products are now integrated with Salesforce to give Marketing and Development far more powerful tools than ever before. Another task taking a lot of time is budgeting for the Infrastructure Upgrade Project. We need to have moved all our workstations (PCs and laptops) and servers off Windows 7 by January 2020. This project is the plan to do so in ways which reduces disruptions, spreads costs over three fiscal years, and provides upgraded functions. This will be the largest IT project ever at IYR and requires a lot of detailed planning. The good news is that we should be starting on this in May!
WILBER TAKES OVER! A key element for a fun and inviting work culture is recognizing the hard work we do. Every team member is essential to fullfilling our mission. Every person has an impact on Idahoâ€™s most vulnerable kids. That is why Wilber (We Live By) is so important. Below are a few shout outs to our Wilber culture and examples of how we can help one another succeed.
To Colette Impellizzeri from Amanda Smith Northern Idaho Family Services Holding a session in a car in the parking lot as the schoolâ€™s fire alarm was going off. Nothing stops you from having sessions!
To Jessica at Fairview from Jodi Al-Attia Fairview was having issues with recieving. I went over and discussed the issue with Jessica. I told her I would come back to go over the process to train other employees. She emailed me later that she had trained the employees. Way to go! To Joan Malone from Terri Savage Enrolling your 5/1 eligible employees in benefits before the reminder email went out! Thank you! To Joan Malone from Terri Savage Enrolling your 5/1 eligible employees in benefits before the reminder email went out! Thank you! To Ron Stout from Nathon Bell The time you took helping to organize the back room has been very helpful. Welcome to the team.
To Maggie Young from Robin Glenn By leading the way to your team in sending qualified merchendise to e-comm. Great Job!
VOLUNTEERS Your IYR Volunteer Newsletter Sixth Edition April 2018
Hours donated by our volunteers throughout our agency last year.
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New volunteers since January 2018. Volunteers in our programs, YOUTHWORKS!, Hays House, Hands of Promise Campus, Anchor House Counseling and Adoptions as mentors, instructors, guest speakers, mock interviewers, tutors, admin supporters, deep cleaners, healthy meals preparers, music enthusiasts and service learning joiners, helping our clients and trainees discover the promise they were born with. Volunteers in our 28 thrift stores who are categorizing, creating, displaying, processing, greeting, helping, folding, hanging, and stocking our merchandise to create the best shopping experience for our customers, donors and supporters. Committee members, fundraisers, and supporters for our Wine, Women & Shoes event who are planning, collaborating, designing, meeting, recruiting, tasting, and procuring items to provide our donors and supporters with an incredible experience while supporting Idaho’s kids. Students representing local schools who are learning job skills, getting involved in their community and assisting our thrift stores in their everyday operations to better serve our customers, donors and supporters. Volunteers who participated in groups from local universities, local businesses, Mtn Home Air Force Base, socially minded corporations, community minded organizations, churches, and scout troops who feel strongly about supporting their community and our mission and values.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the on ly thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
WHY IT MATTERS “Without Idaho Youth Ranch I don’t know where I’d be. Maybe just like my bio mom or dead or in jail. But I have a son. My life is good. I am so thankful for
“The abuse started before I was born. My birth mom was using meth while she was pregnant and I was born addicted.” Nichole never knew a stable home. She was released directly into foster care and lived in 12 different foster homes before her 10th birthday. “I loved my 11th foster parents. I wanted them to adopt me because they were the first people to ‘parent’ me. I felt stable for the first time in my life,” Nichole said. Foster home number 12 adopted her instead. “It’s like they lost patience with me. I think we made it two years and it was just constant conflict. I’m sure I wasn’t perfect, but I was a kid.” By the time Nichole came to Hays House at 12-years-old, she was on 15 different prescriptions. Nichole lived at Hays House until she transitioned into the Ranch program in Rupert where she lived from the time she was 13 to 15-years-old. She returned home hopeful about creating a relationship with her adoptive parents. “I think we made it 6 months,” Nichole said. “I couldn’t live with my adoptive mom. When they adopted me, they promised to offer a safe home and love, and they broke that promise. My adoptive dad tried, but he just wouldn’t stand up to his wife. The emotional abuse was too much.” She returned to the Ranch where she stayed another 18 months and then lived in Hays until she turned 18. “All the things you are supposed to learn growing up—all those pivotal moments that kids are supposed to have – I learned at the Ranch and Hays. I learned responsibility and work ethic. Just simple things like doing my homework or making my bed. It was stable and safe.” Nichole said. Smiling, she added, “I was a pain, too. I was lazy and didn’t want to get a job, but the people at Hays made me go out and job hunt so that I would be able to take care of myself when I turned 18. They held me accountable and never lost patience with me.” In the years since she turned 18, Nichole came back to get financial assistance for her first apartment and her car. “I had “The abuse started before I was born. My birth mom was using meth while she was pregnant and I was born addicted.” Nichole never knew a stable home. She was released directly into foster care and lived in 12 different foster
WHY IT MATTERS homes before her 10th birthday. “I loved my 11th foster parents. I wanted them to adopt me because they were the first people to ‘parent’ me. I felt stable for the first time in my life,” Nichole said. Foster home number 12 adopted her instead. “It’s like they lost patience with me. I think we made it two years and it was just constant conflict. I’m sure I wasn’t perfect, but I was a kid.” By the time Nichole came to Hays House at 12-years-old, she was on 15 different prescriptions. Nichole lived at Hays House until she transitioned into the Ranch program in Rupert where she lived from the time she was 13 to 15-years-old. She returned home hopeful about creating a relationship with her adoptive parents. “I think we made it 6 months,” Nichole said. “I couldn’t live with my adoptive mom. When they adopted me, they promised to offer a safe home and love, and they broke that promise. My adoptive dad tried, but he just wouldn’t stand up to his wife. The emotional abuse was too much.” She returned to the Ranch where she stayed another 18 months and then lived in Hays until she turned 18. “All the things you are supposed to learn growing up—all those pivotal moments that kids are supposed to have – I learned at the Ranch and Hays. I learned responsibility and work ethic. Just simple things like doing my homework or making my bed. It was stable and safe.” Nichole said. Smiling, she added, “I was a pain, too. I was lazy and didn’t want to get a job, but the people at Hays made me go out and job hunt so that I would be able to take care of myself when I turned 18. They held me accountable and never lost patience with me.” In the years since she turned 18, Nichole came back to get financial assistance for her first apartment and her car. “I had this ugly minivan, but I was so proud of it because it was mine. It was the first thing I ever really owned for myself.” Despite years of emotional abuse and abandonment, Nichole has healthy, happy relationships in her life. She fell in love. She reconciled with her birth mother, who has been drug-free for 12 years now and considers her a friend. She and her fiancé have a son together and are saving to build a home. Nichole is proud to be the youngest QA manager at Expedia.com, the online travel website. “I got 3 promotions in my first 6 months at Expedia. I have a great work ethic now, and I know I owe that to the Ranch.” When it comes to being a parent, Nichole found her stride.
“My moms – my bio mom and my adoptive mom—taught me what kind of parent I didn’t want to be. Idaho Youth Ranch taught me what kind of parent I could be.” “The example of bad parents and the skills I learned [at Idaho Youth Ranch] make the perfect parent.” Today her little, happy family is thriving. Despite a busy work schedule, Nichole regularly volunteers at Idaho Youth Ranch because she loves giving back to a program that, she says, gave her so much. “Without Idaho Youth Ranch I don’t know where I’d be. Maybe just like my bio mom or dead or in jail. But I have a son. My life is good. I am so thankful for everything you’ve done for me. I know that it saved my life.”
Our Volunteers 13 Years Joanne Ennis, Nampa Launa Nardella, Orch ard 8 Years O German, HR/Admin 6 Years Barbara Buh rman, State Theresa Bate man, Twin Falls/ Jerome Ken Demond, Eagle Jeannie Swenson, A doptions Diana Smith, Emme tt 5 Years Lane McCallister, Meridian Kristin Lu dwig, WWS CDA Nancy Steven son, WWS CDA Shae Owen s, WWS CDA Nicole Randolph, WWS CDA Kathleen Tillman, WWS CDA Coco Jen sen, WWS CDA Rose mary Tatu m, Five Mile 4 Years Thomas Gorman, M ain Shawn Moreno, Pocatello Traci M arsh all, WWS CDA Dick A rmstrong, Broadway Patricia Glenn, CDA Tracy Rivera, Idah o Falls Jordan Pritchett, Mtn Home Jenna Pritchett, M tn Home Keesha Hart, WWS Boise Jeri Cate s, Caldwell David Sayers, Twin Falls Hazen Miller, Nampa—Franklin 3 Years Erica Clary, WWS CDA Erika Barke r, Broadway Charles Z abel, Payette Nicole Rader, WWS CDA Marie Widmyer, WWS CDA Daniell Alworth, CDA Josephine Dagnie, Broadway Warren Patrick, CDA Rhonda Dart, Meridian Josh Mathis, Middle ton Leslie Mathis, Middleton Cheryl Green, Ru pert Jerry Robe rts, Ontario Ambe r Berguhl, Je rome Marcia Palme r, Ru pert Mike Willett, Social Enterprise Mgmt Susan Lennon, Accoun ting Sally Crothers, Meridian Dagoberto Gonzalez de la Cruz, Five Mile Paula Se gert, Hays Tyson G ardner, Emmett 2 Year Karen Baerloche r, Trainin g
Trang Tran, Five Mile Karen Jensen, Middleton Mindy Francis, Alu mni A ssociation Lisa Gamble, Alu mni A ssociation Michael Fowle r, Hays Ashley Ford, WWS CDA Brinnon M andel, WWS CDA Melissa Quinn, WWS CDA Clement Calliat, Broadway Robert Lu tes, Emmett Bill Cook, Post Falls Michael Welch, Emmett Joan Farmer, State St Cindy Compton, State St Maria Rebollozo, Bu rley Cassandra Martin, Orch ard Christian Stone, Meridian Peter Mashinga, Boise Distro Gretchen Schulz, Hays Hou se Alison Bridge, Admin Bruce M acL achlan, Bu rley Olivia Thompson, N ampa— Franklin Alayna Watson, N ampa—Caldwell Ian Bott, Chin den Joan Ankrom, Meridian Kerry D avis, eCommerce 1 Year Josh Con drack, Boise Distro Matthew Ford, Ne xt Ste ps Ursula Hu ghes, Broadway Millie Jolley, Ove rlan d Robert Clarkson, Hays Lisa Pete rson, Hays Richard Pe terson, Hay s Lucas Non kovic, CDA Jake Peacock, CDA Susan Oliver, Hays Steve Oliver, Hay s Dennis Sullivan, HR Domenic Winfrey, HR Shera Stacy, Payette Larry Spencer, Hay s Janet Emery, Training Dennis Cohen, eCommerce Less than 1 Year Charles Johnson, Meridian Mitchell Welch, Emmett Porsh a Mon roe,Trainin g Tina Bu rton, Training Cristin Chao,Trainin g Melissa Wisniewski, Trainin g Nicole Boykin, Trainin g Don Ruffin g, Meridian John Baker-Heal, Idaho Falls Bret Rupe, Han ds of Promise Campu s Neil Werner, Middle ton Daniel Kan g, CDA Theron Brown, Orch ard Danielle Alban o, HR Lars Holmbe rg, Eagle Tyler Calhoun, Chin den
Todd Sh ackett, Emmett Aiden Zwahlen, Idaho Falls Rona L an tis—Moore, Mtn Home Leslie Anderson, Le wiston Helen Rebman, Orch ard Randy Brockh off, Post Falls Distro Isaac Jepson, Five Mile Joyce White, Caldwell Pamala Le wis, Rupe rt Breann a Thue son, Middleton Lindsey Spears, Hays Zach A kins, M ain St. Melisa Won g, Fairview Marika Van derpool, Post Falls Katy Alatorre, Idah o Falls Faith McClernon, Idaho Falls Hann ah Hughe s, Broadway Rose M ary A damson, Five Mile Matthew Bullard, Broadway Caleb Mudie, Broadway Chrystel Hoh mann, Payette Jonah Saun ders, Pocatello Jerry Stackle, Overland Tanaraye Holbrook, Jerome Jolene Caru so, N ampa—Fran klin Gran t Pekuri, Broadway Bakir G rbic’, Fairview David Dou gherty, Meridian Karen Otto, eCommerce Annie Worley, Le wiston Gabrielle Blumenfeld, Trainin g Alex Trongale, Orch ard Anne Wallace Allen, Development Ryan Waddou ps, Main St. Alexandria Kopack, Five Mile Shirley Althoff, Emmett Scott Trosper, Social En terprise Marh aba Moh ammad Aziz, Main St. Nick Taylor, Nampa-Caldwell Albert Boehnlein, Caldwell Eric Wolf, M ain St. Paoulin a Hebne r, Nampa— Franklin Jaden Hackett, Eagle Jackson A mes, Idaho Falls Elif Kirmiziyuz, Ontario Zeina AbuRu mman, On tario Ashley Jaramillo, Mtn Home Joseph Green, Mtn Home Alison Cranney, CDA Joe Bridge, Ou tlet Brand New Volunteers Troy Taylor, Han ds of Promise Campu s Russell Vanliew, Training Dimeshea Ray, Training Diamond G arcia—Alvarez, Idaho Falls Blair Rosenth al, WWS Boise* Delanie Miller, Accountin g Lyndi Martel, WWS—Boise Susan We ave r, WWS—Boise
Scott Maple, Hays Sarah Neilson, Middleton Rhett Williams, Middleton Benjamin Garcia, Idah o Falls Michelle Murray, WWS Boise* Marla Keller, WWS Boise Roni Ketchu m, WWS Boise Ariel Minter, WWS Boise Natalie MacLachlan, WWS Boise Susie Pouliot, WWS Boise Cindy Rosen, WWS Boise Michelle Bistricia, WWS Boise Tracy Be sler, WWS Boise Vikki Miller, WWS Boise Kelsey Miller, WWS Boise Rhonda Pender, Meridian* Kasi Nelson, WWS Boise Megan Ogawa, M arketin g Frank Ste vens, Meridian Christin a Williams, WWS Boise Kelly Green, WWS Boise Grah am Friedman, Meridian Tanner Michaelson, Five Mile Kayla Meeker, WWS Boise Scott Lileks, State St. Maria Guardado, Broadway Dana Spech t, WWS CDA Irene Pe acock, De velopment Matthew Knigh t, Five Mile Livia Olsen, Broadway Jessica Snyder, CDA Susan Fu dge, HR Nikki Raff, CDA Olivia Prezzan o, Orch ard Barbara Sulfridge, Meridian James G ault, Main St. Brenden Smith, Post Falls Phyllis Barker, WWS Boise Kathy Kiefer, Chin den Savann ah Grider - NampaCaldwell Connie Baumann, Caldwell Allison Smith, Middleton Mari Baeza, Meridian Brooke Withers, Meridian Lindsey Brist, WWS Boise Jill Desse rt, Middle ton Becky Wood, Ru pert Valera Van diver, Volunteer Services Griffin Herr, Post Falls Adam Stone r, Main St. Chelsea Hulen, Trainin g LaCresha Fle tcher, Training Lisa Ch risten, Trainin g Carolyn Farling, Training Susan Lan caster, Training Jeromy Gallant, Training Sidney Cates, Pocatello Cody Lu mley, Five Mile JulieAnn McDougall, WWS Boise Corey Lon ghu rst, Broadway Emily Carlson, Training John Cash, Hands of Promise Campu s Omar Ponce, Idaho Falls
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