Get to know us better by reading these helpful and fun facts about Guided Hope.  If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving you.

Who can come?
As we are guided by Christian principles, all are welcome to attend. We expect that all leaders and participants abide by our ranch rules of conduct. We hope to have select weekends where those that have been through loss of a loved one, veterans’ families, adoptive families, those with medical hardships, and other shared experience groups will have an opportunity to connect.

We schedule our “Family Roundups” based on the opportunity for the whole family to attend. Grandparents and extended family are welcome also.  “Junior Roundups” are for children 6 and older for one-on-one time with a Wrangler Mentor.

Can I bring a friend of the family?
Yes, if you have a friend that would like to join your family for the day for a Family Roundup, they are welcome. A waiver by the parent/guardian will need to be sent along with the participant found at Guest Registration and Liability Release.  We encourage the whole family to attend as they are able for the unique benefits of a shared experience together.

What do we do when we get there?
Our activities focus on work, education, play, and service! You can feed pigs, walk alpacas, pet rabbits, gather eggs, milk goats, horseback ride, etc. Everyone is asked to participate in the growth and maintenance of the ranch by cleaning pens, yard work, gardening, etc. We may also have a time for family team building games and reflection on the day’s shared experiences. Special events and conferences will feature educational classes and small group studies. Each individual will work alongside a volunteer for a safe and positive “Roundup” experience.

How do I arrange to be a guest at a Roundup?
Guided Hope “Family Roundups” are Saturdays.  “Junior Roundups” are Wednesdays and Fridays.  Other times are available by appointment for individual, family, group service projects, and tours.  We are open year-round.  See our Calendar for specific dates.  Complete the Guest Registration and Liability Release to request your dates.

Do you offer horseback riding lessons?
Roundups at the ranch are about time working, learning, playing, and serving.  Although we offer horseback riding as one of our mentoring activities, those seeking a class to specifically focus on their horseback riding skills would be best served at nearby riding facilities.

Do you rescue animals?
Our focus is not specifically on animal rescue, but we are open to adopting healthy animals into our program, based on funding and space. If you have an animal you feel would fit well into our ranch, please contact us.

What should I wear?
We ask that everyone wear jeans and closed toed shoes. We have some cowboy boots available to borrow. Ask for sizes available. Helmets are also provided to use for horseback riding.

What should I bring?
We highly recommend sunscreen and bug spray, as well as a labeled water bottle and hat. Packing a sweatshirt, jacket and a change of clothes for your home trip is suggested. Remember your camera! 🙂

Is there any paperwork I need to fill out to come to a Roundup?
Please fill out the required forms online:  Guest Registration and Liability Release forms.  If unable to complete online, then email them, or drop them in the mail.  Our ranch coordinator will contact you to confirm your availability and/or scheduled visit.  *****Each person visiting Guided Hope must have correctly signed forms in order to participate.*****

How much does it cost?
Roundups are provided free of charge! Donations are welcome as you are led. Detailed information on ranch needs can be found on our Wish List page or by submitting a donation through the menu link to your right. Although we are currently staffed through volunteers, it costs about $100/day/person for additional ranch operations (i.e. feed, vets, maintenance, etc.).

Are my donations tax deductible?
We are an official 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Your generous donations are tax deductible.  Please see our letter from the IRS regarding our tax exempt status on our Donate page.

Can I take a tour?
Ranch tours are available by appointment.  Please email or call us at 303-717-8372 to arrange a visit.

Do you need volunteers?
YES! Individuals, families, church work groups, homeschool communities, service organizations, etc. are welcome!  Please review our volunteer roles and needs to learn more.

Is there any paperwork I need to fill out to be a Volunteer?
Yes, please complete the required forms online:  Volunteer Application and Liability Release.  If unable to complete online, then email them, or drop them in the mail.

Where does your name come from?
Guided Hope is rooted in Christian principles of faith, hope and love. The name reflects our desire to be guided by God, His creatures, and caring community members to a place of hope in Christ.

Psalm 25:4-5 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Is Guided Hope a religious organization?
Guided Hope is not affiliated with any religious group or organization. Guided Hope is a faith-based program. Though the ranch is not associated with any particular denomination, the basis of our belief rises from the same Judeo-Christian values that our nation was built upon. The Founders and Board of Directors believe in a Sovereign God and the saving grace of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is our greatest desire to serve God by the demonstration of our faith through action. Faith on the ranch is demonstrated through “living example” to those we work with. It is our highest honor to serve children and families of all backgrounds with the same loving grace that has so freely been given to us.