The Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch opened in 2014, thanks to the tremendous generosity of thousands of Albertans who gave time, money and resources to this important cause. As the first facility of its kind to focus exclusively on the long-term treatment of sexually abused children, the Be Brave Ranch offers a warm, welcoming and safe environment for children between the ages of 8–12 to recover from the damaging effects of child sexual abuse.
Looking ahead, our aim is to welcome more children to the Be Brave Ranch and to have it become the world’s leading treatment facility for children who have been sexually abused. But we can’t do it alone. As an organization that receives no government funding, Little Warriors relies on the kindness and generosity of donors like you to help us provide survivors of child sexual abuse with the treatment they so deserve.
There are plenty of legacy opportunities available, making it easy to choose a gift that’s right for you.
At the heart of the Be Brave Ranch sits our 20,000 square foot Main Lodge. It houses our administrative offices, and is also where children come to take part in the multitude of treatment programs offered at the Ranch. As a constant hub of activity, the Main Lodge is where you’ll find children moving between therapy sessions, dining together and building lifelong bonds with their peers and treatment providers.
At the Be Brave Ranch, we’re deeply committed to respecting Aboriginal cultural traditions. In fact, before the Ranch was officially opened, the building was smudged to bring about good energy and blessings from the spirit world. The Sweat Lodge, which is central to most Aboriginal cultures, is a place of spiritual healing for many of our Aboriginal children.
Our Dining Room is where children and their families enjoy delicious and nutritious meals during their time at the Ranch. Children arriving at the Ranch for the first time often remark on its similarity to Hogwarts (in reference to Harry Potter), making it a firm favourite among the children. The Dining Room can seat up to 80 people comfortably.
At the Be Brave Ranch, it’s important that children feel energized and well nourished during their treatment. Fortunately, we have a full commercial kitchen where our chef creates healthy and fun meals and snacks that not only taste good, but also help children feel good too.
The Yoga Room is used for children staying at the Ranch to engage in daily yoga therapy, which not only improves physical fitness but also contributes to better emotional balance. This room is never used for other activities, because we want to make sure the energy in here remains as calming and soothing as possible.
At the Be Brave Ranch, our aim is to help children take back their childhood — and part of that means finding joy in simple things, like playing sports and being active. That’s why we offer a number of activities for children to enjoy during their time at the Ranch. This includes our fenced-in basketball court, which can be used for tennis, badminton and other athletic activities.
During their time at the Ranch, each cohort of children stays in one of four designated houses, which are equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bedrooms. Although our houses are supervised on a 24-hour basis, we work very hard to create a home-like atmosphere. In the basement of each house is an area where the children can play various games, including foosball, shuffleboard and Wii. Children staying here eat family-style breakfasts and each child has their own room.
The Conference Lodge at the Ranch has several uses. To protect the privacy of any children on site, the Conference Lodge is where all visitors are directed upon arrival. It’s also where our clinical team holds case conferences, and where training and board meetings are conducted.
The health and wellbeing of our staff are paramount to the work we do here at the Be Brave Ranch. This space is used as a calming sanctuary for our staff, where they can debrief and support one another.
The Be Brave Ranch is located on a beautifully treed portion of land. To make the most of our soothing natural surroundings, an Enchanted Forest has been created. Here, children find solace in exploring and discovering the wonders of nature, which has been shown to have tremendous therapeutic value.
The Individual Therapy Rooms are used for individual therapy between our trauma therapists and the children. It’s important that children feel comforted while they process and heal from their trauma, which is why we’ve filled these rooms with plush objects, blankets and stuffed animals.
Children at the Ranch eat family-style breakfasts and weekend meals in the comfort of the house where they are staying. Like most family homes, our kitchens are often the hub of the house.
A wishing well would provide children at the Be Brave Ranch the opportunity to express their wishes and dreams in a safe environment. It would also be a beneficial tool for therapists to incorporate into treatment.
Children who come to the Be Brave Ranch stay in their own bedroom in one of our cabins. To help them feel more at ease during their time at the Ranch, we encourage children to decorate their room with pictures and other personal items from home.
The Be Brave Ranch is surrounded by beautiful walking trails that children and their care workers can use to explore nature. Our Trail Benches provide somewhere to stop, rest, or engage in conversation that can assist with the therapeutic process.
“YOU ARE LOVED” LANE
Reduced self-esteem is one of many negative impacts of childhood sexual abuse. To help with this,
our “You Are Loved” Lane is sign-posted with caring messages to children attending the Ranch. As children walk along the lane, they can read the signs and take comfort in knowing many people care about them and their wellbeing.
Indoor signage is found throughout the Be Brave Ranch in areas of high traffic and visibility. These beautiful 7″ x 5″ or 12″ x 10″ maple plaques can be engraved with a sponsor’s name.
To signpost the different buildings located on the grounds of the Be Brave Ranch, we have 42″ x 25″ or 36″ x 29″ maple plaques, which can be engraved with the name of a sponsor.
At the Be Brave Ranch, it costs $25,000 for one child to receive 200+ hours of intensive treatment delivered over a one-year period. Our multi-therapy model includes a combination of group trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), individual CBT, art therapy, play-informed interventions, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), animal-assisted therapy, recreation programs, and more.
With your support, we can continue to empower children who have been abused by providing access to the vital support needed to reveal their inner hero and flourish into happy, healthy adults. By giving to Little Warriors, you have the unique opportunity to leave behind a positive, lasting legacy that has the power to change someone’s life, while also gaining financial and tax benefits for you and your family.
Our team would be happy to assist you in choosing a gift to suit your needs. To get started, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
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