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Welcome to our home. Our purpose is to use horses to help young people make better choices in their lives. Our program is not about teaching children to become professional riders. It is about letting them share in the care of a horse, responsibility of ranch chores and having fun. It's about helping children discover that life can have purpose and hope.

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3rd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

This year's golf tournament will be held on Monday, October 3rd, at the prestigious Governors Towne Club in Acworth, GA. We're expecting a sell-out and only a few sponsorship opportunities remain.

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programs

PROGRAMS

HHYR provides two distinct programs. Take a look to see which program best fits your needs.

MENTORING

This free program pairs a horse and volunteer mentor to assist your child. There are 10-90 minute sessions once a week. Next Session begins Tuesday,  Sept. 6th

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EQUINE ASISSTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

Applying the medically approved EAGALA psychotherapy model using horses and the latest techniques for reaching out to your child.

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mission

 Partnering young people with horses in a healing environment, providing opportunities to learn the benefits of healthy relationships, effective communication, and leadership skills.

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BECOME A MENTOR

Becoming a mentor in the HHYR mentoring program is extremely rewarding. While the children is our main focus, many volunteers have felt that the process can be just a valuable to them. Training is every Saturday and our next Mentor orientation session is Saturday September 11th at 10:00 am.

BECOME A MENTOR

All that is needed is a heart for children and a desire to help them succeed.

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BECOME A FAMILY LISTENER

Have a desire to mentor the other family members? Come along during the sessions to listen to the parents and lend your support.

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SERVICE PROJECTS

Are you a church or community service organization looking to take a one or two day project?

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HELPING

Please consider assisting us on our continuing journey

AMAZON SMILE

Add HHYR to your Amazon Account .5% of all purchases are donated

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KROGER REWARDS

Add HHYR to your Kroger Community Rewards account to support the Ranch when you shop!

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SPONSOR A HORSE

Just a few dollars a month can help keep our horses fed.

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DONATE

Even a few dollars goes a long way

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Hay for winter feeding

Gift cards to feed stores like Tractor Supply, Clayton Feed

Gift certificate for Kennesaw Mountain veterinary services

Gift Cards from Home Depot

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OUR BOARD

We are blessed to have diverse individuals bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

Brandon Beach

Brandon Beach

State Senator View Details
Patty Baker

Patty Baker

Clerk of the Courts View Details
Greg Erdley

Greg Erdley

Cherokee County Fire Chief View Details
Kathy Lambert

Kathy Lambert

Human Resources View Details
Abby Roach

Abby Roach

Lawyer View Details
Tracey Satterfield

Tracey Satterfield

Business Owner View Details
Len SImonis

Len SImonis

Business Owner View Details
Jack Tuszynski

Jack Tuszynski

Publishing View Details
Kim WIlliams

Kim WIlliams

Non-Profit View Details
Jenny Wood-Harris

Jenny Wood-Harris

LPC, NCC, CPS View Details
Jennifer Simonis

Jennifer Simonis

Founder View Details
Brandon Beach

Brandon Beach

State Senator

Brandon Beach is the President & CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the North Fulton Community Improvement District.
He received an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and an MBA degree from Centenary College.

His credentials include:
• State Senator, District 21
• Member, Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau Board
• Member, Board of Trustees – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
• Member, Regional Business Coalition Board
• Member, Healing Hands Youth Ranch Board of Directors
• Former Member, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Board
• Former member of the Alpharetta City Council – 2000 to 2004
• Former member of Alpharetta Planning Commission – 1996 to 2000
• Graduate, Regional Leadership Institute, 2003 Class

Brandon and his wife Shuntel have two children, Courtney, 24 and Hunter, 21. They have lived in Alpharetta for 20 years.

Patty Baker

Patty Baker

Clerk of the Courts

Patty is currently Cherokee County Clerk of Courts

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Dominican College. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Psychology from Adelphi University in New York.

Since moving to Cherokee County, Patty has taken an active Leadership role in her Community. She has served as the chairperson of the Woodstock City Environmental Committee. A graduate of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2003, Patty was chosen by her classmates to serve on the steering committee. She is a member of the Cherokee County Republican Party and Republican Women’s Club.

She has been a member of the Woodstock Woman’s society and has been very active in fundraising activities around the county, including the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.

Also, as an active member of Optimist International, Patty has helped raise funds for children of Cherokee County in need.

Greg Erdley

Greg Erdley

Cherokee County Fire Chief

Chief Erdely was born and raised in New York. After graduating high school in 1982, Chief Erdely attended St. John’s University in Queens, New York where he received his Bachelors of Science in Business Management. Chief Erdely utilized his degree in corporate America for 7 years before deciding to pursue his dream of Public Service.

In 1986, Chief Erdely relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he currently resides. Prior to joining Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, he obtained his EMT Certification at Chattahoochee Technical College.

Chief Erdely began his fire service career in 1992 volunteering for the Forsyth County Fire Department. His career with Cherokee County Fire amp; Emergency Services began in May 1995. He worked his way through the ranks to the position of Battalion Chief in 2005 and then to his current position in 2013. Chief Erdely is now charged with the day to day field operations of the department.

Chief Erdely has been married to his wife, Wendy, for 27 years. They have one son, AJ, and one daughter, Nikki, both of whom attend college out-of-state.

Kathy Lambert

Kathy Lambert

Human Resources

Kathy is originally from small town Alabama, and moved to Georgia almost 20 years ago. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management from Faulkner University and a Masters Degree in Adult Education from Troy University.

She has a love for learning, which has resulted in her attaining both a Personal Training Certification and a Social Media Marketing Certification. She was also a member of the 2016 Leadership Cherokee Class.

Kathy loves to spend time outdoors and stays active by running, biking and hiking. She and her husband, Sid, live in Ball Ground with their two dogs, Digby and Zoey. Kathy also acts as “stand-in mom” for her grandson, Aidan, since her son, Mitch, is a single father. For the past 5 years, she has worked at Chart Industries as the Human Resources Manager.

Abby Roach

Abby Roach

Lawyer

Abigail “Abby” Roach following in the footsteps of both her grandfather and father joined the firm in 2012 after graduating from Mercer Law School with a certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting.

Abby Roach was born and raised in Canton, Georgia and attended Cherokee High School graduating with honors in 2005. After high school Abby attended Mercer University in Macon and graduated summa cum laude in 2009.
Abby is excited to have the opportunity to practice law with her father in Canton. The focus of Abby’s practice is in special education and family law, but she handles general litigation and a broad variety of other matters as well.

Tracey Satterfield

Tracey Satterfield

Business Owner
Len SImonis

Len SImonis

Business Owner

Len was born in Winnipeg in Canada. It was there that he met his wife Jennifer and they were married in 1984. After moving to Vancouver for 5 years, they moved the Eagle Watch in Woodstock in 1992 and then to the ranch in 2010.

Len earned a degree in Business Administration and a Master in Computer Science. He started his company Elsym Consulting in 1988 and is still involved in its day to day operations. There are 20 employess in Kennesaw and the U.K.

Len and Jennifer attend Liberty Hill Church in Canton and have a passion for youth. While Len has no horse skills whatsoever and hates flies, he does enjoy help to coordinate and administer the functions of Healing Hands Youth Ranch.

Jack Tuszynski

Jack Tuszynski

Publishing

I’m Jack Tuszynski and have been a photographer in my hometown of Canton, Georgia for over twenty years. After a decade in the mainstream media as a photo journalist and garnering over a dozen Georgia Press Association awards, I found my true calling in the “good news” business.

Now I’m privileged to have the opportunity to preserve the memories of weddings & anniversaries, new babies & childhood, seniors, class & family reunions, family & executive portraits for many generations to come.

Kim WIlliams

Kim WIlliams

Non-Profit

Kim Williams has been a volunteer at Healing Hands Youth Ranch since September 2011. She is the Camp and Activities Coordinator at Hemophilia of Georgia. She has extensive experience as a camp director, volunteer, event planner, program designer, and fundraiser. Most important, she has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that fuels her passion for Healing Hands Youth Ranch.

She holds a B.S. in Human Services from Kennesaw State University, as well as a certificate in nonprofit management. Kim holds a Masters in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University.

Jenny Wood-Harris

Jenny Wood-Harris

LPC, NCC, CPS

• Responsible for all program dynamics and the development of the North Georgia New Beginnings Independent Living Program, including vocational, educational, equine facilitated therapy, psycho-educational groups and therapeutic services.

• Primary Clinician responsible for providing assessments to the CHINS Juvenile Justice program in Cherokee County.
• Provide supervision for LAPC staff seeking clinical supervision.
• Currently achieve highest level audit scores for the Permanency Based Outcomes through the Office Of Provider Management for the entire state of Georgia.

Clinical Director of Goshen Valley Boys Ranch- 2008 to 2013
• Management of all direct care and counseling services staff.
• Provide supervision and development of clinical programming to include vocational, educational, equine facilitated therapy, psycho-educational groups and therapeutic services.
• Responsible for ensuring the ranch meets all service delivery standards are achieved via Georgia State Dept. of Human Resources, Council of Accreditation and The Georgia State Department of Family and Child Services.
• Provide Clinical Supervision for LAPC staff seeking clinical supervision.
• Responsible for all the assessment and eva1uation of each potential case appropriate tor reunification and best permanency placement

• Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, LPC #005044
• National Board Certification of Counseling
• Georgia State Certified Peer Specialist
• Certified Love & Logic Facilitator
• Georgia State Drug Screen Certified Drug Screen Collector
• Current class member of 2015 Cherokee Leadership

Jennifer Simonis

Jennifer Simonis

Founder

Jennifer Simonis lives with her husband Len and together have four children Danna, Adrian, Karina and Catherine. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many.

Jennifer was born in Manitoba, Canada and moved to Cherokee County in 1992.

In 2001 when Jennifer’s eldest daughter Danna was in 7th grade, she started workings as a youth leader in her church with middle school and high school kids and has continued to do this to present.

A passion of Jennifer’s has always been horses. She has been a student of Parelli Natural Horsemanship since 2004 and continues to strive towards excellence with horses.

It is with much excitement and awe that Jennifer has founded and is a part of Healing Hands Youth Ranch

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OUR PARTNERS

Please consider doing business with all of our wonderful partners.

           

              

the-ranch

THE RANCH

114 Addington Lane, Waleska, GA 30183

145 Acres Working Horse Farm in North Cherokee County,GA

Jennifer Simonis (770) 633-4451

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