Local nonprofit expands space and reach, seeks volunteers

Working on the new Reigning Grace Ranch property (submitted photo)

Working on the new Reigning Grace Ranch property (submitted photo)

Reigning Grace Ranch, the Arizona non-profit founded in 2011 providing foster children, at-risk youth and at-risk families mentorship and therapy, using rehabilitated and rescued horses, has acquired a new 10-acre plot of land.

The land, located at 28614 N. 172nd St. at Dynamite Road, will eventually house Reigning Grace’s working ranch, designed to rescue and rehabilitate horses while mentoring at-risk youth, one-on-one in a safe and encouraging place where the horses, children and families can heal in an authentic ranch environment, according to a press release.

The ranch will be fully completed in seven years and will incorporate the following components in its final phase allowing for experiential learning:

  • Covered horse arena for year-round programming;
  • Three working arena’s;
  • Workshop;
  • Classrooms;
  • Eight horse turn-outs;
  • Two medicine stall barn;
  • Jenny’s House—a wellness center for children and families;
  • Serenity garden for wellness and rejuvenation;
  • And critter corner-a place for small rescued animals

Founded by Christopher and Amanda Moore, Reigning Grace outgrew its original ranch location in 2015.

“Our former property was located in an area with inconvenient access and no room to grow,” stated Mr. Moore in the release. “The new property will allow us to focus on building out our programs and serving more children—it’s a win-win.”

Over 90 percent of the ranch will be moved onto the new property in Rio Verde by March 26. The interim space, Box Bar Ranch, also in Rio Verde will eventually house more horses for Reigning Grace on a long-term basis, the release stated.

Currently, Reigning Grace Ranch has immediate financial and volunteer needs that if met, will assist in the build out of the new property.

“Our annual budget is $235,000 to facilitate all of our programs and our budget is 100 percent donor funded. We also put all of the money we raise back into our programs—and everyone involved is a volunteer. So to really continue this mission we have several projects we would like volunteer groups to tackle for us,” stated Ms. Moore in the release. “For example, we would love a group of corporate volunteers to help build out our picnic area by donating supplies and time or perhaps a family wants to help us by building a greenhouse so we can grow our own fruits and vegetables.”

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

A local church was informed about the work that Reigning Grace Ranch was doing in the community and decided they wanted to help find them new land.

“It was totally a God thing,” stated Mr. Moore in the release. “A local pastor made a phone call and all of the sudden we had the opportunity to buy this land—and it was not even for sale.”

Reigning Grace Ranch is a five-star rated non-profit registered with Guide Star, an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies.

For more information on Reigning Grace Ranch and to donate time, money or supplies, visit www.azrgr.org or call 480-466-2154.

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