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Vision Casting - Looking to a Bright Future

Vision Casting - Looking to a Bright Future

Our annual board meeting was held recently, virtually. We were excited to share with our board members a recap of 2020 and all of the ways On River Time experienced growth in spite of a year of hardship. We enter 2021 with hope and optimism as we plan a safe return to our On River Time camps. We're also excited to grow our new year-round Life Skills programming with a retreat held for the college-age students who have aged out of their children's homes. Our goal is to help "pack their suitcases" with life lessons that will prepare them for future success as independent adults. We are grateful to our board members from across the country who gathered virtually with us on...

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Hope is Always What You Do

Hope is Always What You Do

The above quote by Ann Voskamp sums up 2020 for so many of us. In spite of the difficulties and uncertainties of this year, we continue to press forward in hope. Perhaps no one better demonstrates this than the kids we serve. They come from backgrounds of pain, heartache, neglect, and abuse. And yet when they arrive at their new homes, (Big Oak Ranch, Still Creek Ranch, Palmer Home, and Homes of Hope) they learn to trust again. They gain a new family and learn that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and will never leave them. This is the basis of hope. It is our privilege to come along side these children's homes and echo this beautiful...

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Introducing Our New Life Skills Classes

Introducing Our New Life Skills Classes

On River Time is thrilled to partner with Big Oak Ranch in support of their new "Ascend" program which serves former ranch kids who are now freshmen and sophomores in college. We have just concluded five weeks of "Life Skills" programming, designed to prepare these students for their future as successful adults. Our new "Life Skills" classes include topics such as interview skills, public speaking, etiquette, and business ethics. The highlight, though, was a trip to Earthborn Pottery, where owner, Tena Payne, showed the kids how to throw on the wheel and talked to them about hard work, patience, and persistence in art and life. Read below the excerpt from Ascend's director, Kelli Croyle, as she describes how that visit gave one...

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