Stepping Stones Ranch is a residential youth ranch offering hope and healing through equine therapy, individualized academic programs, and independent life skills to build a promising future in a home filled with love and compassion.
Stepping Stones Ranch provides a safe home for teen girls who have experienced childhood trauma. The majority of our girls are referred to us through Children's Services and have the need for placement due to being removed from their home because of an abusive situation, parent with drug addiction, arrest of parent or because there has been a death of a parent. Many of the girls at our ranch come with relational needs as a result of challenges they have faced. We create safe relationships to help heal their hearts by using the following:
- Traditional Family Setting with full-time houseparents to model and teach healthy relational skills, respect and responsibility in a loving, Christian home environment
- Equine Assisted Therapy program to help girls trust again and begin to break down their walls of fear
- Trust-Based Relational Intervention to teach girls how to overcome their past and develop new coping skills
- Weekly counseling and spiritual development to help each girl build a firm foundation of self confidence
- Public school opportunities to include credit recovery, social interactions and extra-curricular activities
- Career Development including part-time jobs, college visits or vocational training
We provide individualized programs to help each girl put the pieces of her life back together so she can dream again of the person she wants to become. SSR also provides ongoing services for our girls beyond the age of 18. Nearly 1,500 youth in Ohio are emancipated each year without a family support system. We seek to provide a support network so that when one of our girls is emancipated, she is not "cut-off" from her support system at the ranch. We take steps to go beyond the typical group home experience in order to create a ranch family that provides lasting relational support for our girls. We create the doors of opportunities so each girl can take Steps to Success. Each life is celebrated as we come alongside teen girls to help them redeem their past, restore peace in their heart, and renew hope for a better future, one step at a time.