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A No-Cost Mental Health Boost

By: Tina Rhoden-Lewellyn, Executive Director, Ben’s Ranch Foundation You turn on TV news each day and see the evidence of our nation’s declining mental health through stories of school shootings, assaults, and addiction. While professional help is a must for those struggling, there is a free complement to therapy and medications – spending time outside. The outdoors and

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Barthuly Joins Ben’s Ranch Foundation Board

Ben’s Ranch Foundation has added businessman Ken Barthuly to its Board of Directors. Barthuly is the Vice President & Co-Owner of Barthuly Irrigation, Inc. in Carmel. Barthuly will serve a two-year term. Ben’s Ranch Foundation connects teens struggling with mental health challenges to paid internships on farms, stables and equine therapy facilities. The jobs compliment medical therapies by

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Ben’s Ranch Foundation’s Response to Texas Tragedy

By: Tina Rhoden-Lewellyn, Executive Director, Ben’s Ranch Foundation The Texas school shooting in Uvalde shook our nation to the core and left many of us struggling.  Unfortunately, the unknowns and whys seem to outweigh the solutions, but preventive measures do exist.  Coming together as a community, paying attention to those who are struggling, reaching out to them, standing

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New Date – Poker Run to Raise Funds for Teens with Mental Health Issues

Registrations are still being accepted for the inaugural Ride to Reconcile Poker Run that will benefit Ben’s Ranch Foundation and the teens with mental health challenges that the nonprofit organization serves.  The Poker Run kicks off at noon on Saturday, June 11. The event was rescheduled from May 21 due to the threat of inclement weather and in

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Restoring Hope

Ben’s Ranch Foundation has been busy spreading the word about the healing power of its internship program. We connect teens struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues with internships on farms and at stables and equine therapy facilities that expose them to nature, animals and work. Founder Brose McVey shared our story recently on the Restoring Hope with

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Ben’s Ranch Foundation Eliminates All Program Fees

Multiple Foundations Have Shown Support Recently, Enabled Program Fee Elimination Carmel-based nonprofit Ben’s Ranch Foundation is eliminating all program fees for participants in the organization’s internship program thanks to the support of generous donors and grants. Ben’s Ranch Foundation creates new options and hope for young people struggling with mental health challenges by arranging paid, part-time employment opportunities

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Ben’s Ranch Adds Babcock to Board

Ben’s Ranch Foundation has added a new member to its Board of Directors. Westfield’s Debbie Babcock was recently elected to the Indiana nonprofit’s board and will serve a two-year term. Babcock is currently the Director of Information Technology at Lumina Foundation – a private foundation in Indianapolis committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), social justice and making

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Ben’s Ranch Foundation Receives Multiple Grants

Carmel-based nonprofit Ben’s Ranch Foundation has received more than $25,000 in grants from multiple foundations in the area over the last month. The funds will go toward furthering the organization’s mission: to create new options and hope for young people struggling with mental health challenges by connecting them to employment opportunities on farms, ranches, stables, and therapeutic riding

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Statement on Surgeon General Advisory

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has issued an Advisory to highlight the urgent need to address the nation’s youth mental health crisis. Carmel-based nonprofit Ben’s Ranch Foundation operates and supports programs designed to connect teens who have mental health challenges to jobs on farms and in stables and equine therapy facilities to harness the healing power of animals, the

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D’Amico, Swartz Join Ben’s Ranch Foundation Board

Ben’s Ranch Foundation has added Dr. Carol D’Amico, PhD and Matthew Swartz to its Board of Directors. Ben’s Ranch Foundation connects teens struggling with mental health challenges to paid internships on farms, stables and equine therapy facilities. The jobs compliment medical therapies by helping give teens purpose and exposure to the healing powers of animals and nature. Dr.

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