Guided Hope strives to mentor children, strengthen families, share hope and inspire service through ranch activities of chores, education, riding and fun. It our greatest desire to demonstrate our faith through action by offering hope and encouragement to families experiencing grief, military service, adoption, medical hardships and anyone desiring to strengthen and enrich their family.
As a newly married couple in 2000, Guy and Kaarin Scoma discussed their
dreams. Blessed by the incredible support Guy had received as a young widower and father, he had many ideas on how to provide hope, encouragement and resources for others. Kaarin had been training to be a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and sought an opportunity to help others through animals and country living, while utilizing her event planning and ranch experiences.
In 2008, friends and family proposed they inquire about "Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch" and their annual training clinics on starting your own non-profit. Over the next four years, the Scomas made the required preparations (securing the necessary land, animals, Board of Directors, and working crew) to ensure the success of Guided Hope. On May 1st, 2012, their dream became a reality with the official incorporation.
During the summer of 2012, Guided Hope hosted a few families and learned what program style worked best. Word soon spread, and in 2013, they grew a volunteer base, which continues to support guests each summer. Guided Hope is now in its sixth season and shares its program during over 500 guests visits per year.
"Mary" called last fall, a loving mom anxious to find a program that would help her 11 year old son. Tragically, her husband was killed in an accident and she abruptly became a single mom. Life's challenges were immense. Guided Hope provided a place for them to share the love and hope of Christ through caring volunteers and some amazing animals. By serving and riding at the ranch, "Ben" thrived. He worked hard. He conquered his fears. Recently he had to reschedule his usual Roundup day because he had been asked to be a junior camp counselor for a local program. We are humbled to continue to share in their family story, for as his mom reminds me..."I thought I was coming for Ben, but it is just as much for me." Hope!