Ben’s Ranch Foundation (BRF) is a not-for-profit, charitable foundation based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Foundation seeks to operate and support programs designed to give teens suffering from certain mental health and related challenges an opportunity to seek relief and healing by living and working on a farm or ranch for a summer or longer.
Our operations are funded through donations by individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as participation fees paid by participants based on a financial needs formula.
Established in 2015, the Foundation is named in honor of a young man whose life was greatly enriched and prolonged by his 18-month stay on a remote Wyoming ranch during what would have been his senior year of high school. The quiet place and people, remote outdoors setting and interaction with horses worked a miracle in his troubled life while giving his parents and siblings relief from the constant chaos that his bipolar illness had brought into their home (read Ben’s Story).
"The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."
We wanted to share this video that a few students and guidance counselors created to kick off mental health awareness week at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana.