Important COVID-19 Update
for our HGR Family
Telehealth, virtual lessons and remote learning opportunities will remain available to all participants and veterans until further notice. Keep checking your emails for links to Google Meets and Google Docs.
Starting June 1, 2020, our staff began returning on site with staggering shifts, after working remotely from home since March 13th. Thanks to the understanding and generosity of our donors, every employee was able to remain on staff during Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home Order,” and we successfully created and implemented an online platform for learning at Heaven’s Gait Ranch to keep our therapeutic services accessible to those in need.
When 84% of PATH Intl. Centers completely shut down this spring, our team at Heaven’s Gait Ranch was among the 16% who acted quickly and created online learning solutions with the remote resources we had available to us.
Now that Wisconsin has “opened up” again, and our staff is back on site, we are working hard to prepare the horses and facility for a limited number of onsite lessons this summer.
Please see our phased timeline for summer (and know that it is subject to change based on further developments by the CDC, as well as local, state, and federal guidelines).
Phase I – June 2020: HGR offers telehealth, virtual lessons only. Staff of 5 returns on site with staggered shifts. HGR’s health & safety workplace response and prevention policies are finalized and practiced with staff on site.
Phase II – July 2020: HGR offers both telehealth remote services and limited onsite lessons. Lead walkers, two at a time, return on site. No side walkers are allowed at this time. Onsite private lessons and groups of two become available; participants and veterans may return for mounted activities only if are not at high risk according to the CDC and only if they do not require physical assistance from a side walker. Unmounted activities or telehealth services are recommended for participants based on their individual needs. The facility is capped to 10 people total at this time, and any on site staff, participants, parents/guardians, or visitors must follow the following policies:
HGR’s COVID-19 Response & Prevention Policies
TBD Phase III – August 2020: HGR offers both telehealth remote services and limited onsite lessons. Lead walkers are on site, and side walkers (ideally paired from the same family) return on site to offer more mounted activities. EAAT and TR participant groups are still capped at two, but care teams may now include up to three people (a lead walker and two side walkers). The facility is capped to 15 people at a time, but the number of family “households” on site remains the same as Phase II. All are following HGR’s most updated COVID-19 Response & Prevention Policies.
HGR will continue to follow and monitor COVID-19 updates and developments, especially as the local school districts develop their fall plans. We appreciate your ongoing patience & support!
Stay Safe. Stay Sane. Stay Healthy!
Important Update Regarding our 2020 Hayburner Fundraiser:
Out of respect and concern for your health & well-being, The Hayburner will look different this year, with opportunities for our out-of-state patrons to safely support our mission from afar.
For the last three years, you’ve made The Hayburner & Silent Auction Fundraiser a growing success, generating 25% of our total operating budget for the following calendar year. You’ve donated horse sponsorships and pledged meaningful participant scholarships, providing up to 75% coverage for our families who qualify for financial need. Not to mention, you’ve generously helped us keep our promise to provide our military veterans with the therapeutic services they deserve — 100% sponsored — year after year. That being said, we want you and your loved ones to stay safe and healthy given the current state of COVID-19.
Know that you can still show your support at any time by mailing a check to
Heaven’s Gait Ranch, Inc.
940 S. Main St., Cedar Grove, WI 53013
or… you can…
Join us on Saturday, August 22, 2020
for a One-Hour Virtual Fundraiser
to support our mission at HGR!
With “backstage passes” right into the barn, we’ll virtually bring the horses right into your home!
There is no event registration fee, but there will be opportunities to donate.
Whether you can help us provide relief to our participants’ anxiety and depression,
or whether you can support a veteran who is alone and home-bound,
your support is needed more than ever, so that together, we can to reach those in need.
Your constant prayers and commitment to kindness have made our mission possible thus far,
and we know that your faith and support will give us the courage and strength we need to “walk on” together!
Keep Saving the Date:
Saturday, August 22, 2020
A huge shout out to the Weinrich family & Newport Shores who continually create ways to support our mission at HGR.
The Hayburner is no longer a ticketed event, but the patio is still open to the public for live music.
There will only be a handful of silent auction items to bid on that evening at Newport Shores.
HGR will not have drink tickets or a buffet line with heavy hors d’oeuvres,
but with food and drink specials, we encourage you to order off the menu — or
place an order to go — because you’ll still support our programs at Heaven’s Gait Ranch!
Stay tuned for more information!
Thank you, Newport Shores, for all you do to support our families in need!
Thank you, to all who supported
our Dine to Donate Fundraiser
on March 10th at
The Stilt House in Cedarburg!
Huge shout out to Mr. Goggin
& all the staff for supporting
our mission again in 2020!
Hot Off the Press!
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