a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization
a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization
Valor Ranch Recipient of All-Terrain Vehicle
Decatur, Texas (Sep. 14, 2021) – Valor Ranch announced today that BRP, a global leader in power sports vehicles, teamed up with the Freedom Powersports dealership in Decatur to donate a Can-Am Defender to the ranch. The vehicle, valued at $22,000, was donated as part of BRP’s Can-Am for a Cause program.
“We asked dealers across Texas to nominate charities they felt would benefit from the utility of a Can-Am Defender,” said Brittany Kruglick, BRP Retail Operations Advisor, Western US. “Our goal is to select a diverse group of charities to win each year. If we feel that the mission is a great one to support, like Valor Ranch, we narrow the list until we get five winners. It's not an easy task to select who will win because there are a lot of worthy causes submitted to us from the dealer network!”
Chase Vance, Regional Operations Director, Freedom Powersports USA, said that as applications are reviewed by their organization, there are in-depth discussions about the charity’s needs and wants. Additionally, reviewers want to ensure there is alignment between the charity’s purpose and their organization’s morals and goals.
“Valor Ranch was an organization that we decided was tapping into a need, so to speak, with aiding SHEROES (Serving, Honoring, Empowering, and Restoring Our Esteemed Servicewomen),” said Vance. “This was a never-before-seen effort around our community.”
According to Kruglick, “Partnering with our local dealers to give back to nonprofit organizations is extremely important for BRP because it allows us to use our vehicles to make a positive impact on the communities in which we work and live. We wanted to include an organization that was committed to serving the military, and we loved Valor Ranch's mission of specifically looking to serve female veterans.”
Vance agrees. “Freedom Powersports is supported by not only our community but our military vets who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and that allows us to operate the way we do today. For Freedom to be able to donate a Can-Am Defender is just a small token of appreciation to show our gratitude.”
He describes the Can-Am Defender as a “work horse as well as an entertainment vehicle to fuel the escape of whoever is enjoying the machine. While the machine is designed for work, the creature comforts allow it to be used for leisure and entertainment.
Valor Ranch Founder Keri Anne Wilcox said the vehicle “has been a true blessing and has really helped with daily tasks on the farm.” Tasks include assisting with the hauling of feed and tools, conducting property tours with guests, herding cattle and birthing a calf.
Valor Ranch Receives Second Grant from The Heartspace Initiative
Decatur, Texas (Jan. 7, 2021) – Valor Ranch is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Heartspace Initiative. The grant will be used to help convert preexisting Quonset huts into an aquaponics greenhouse on the 9-acre ranch, located northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Keri Wilcox, president and founder of Valor Ranch, says the generous grant offers further opportunities to serve female veterans (known as SHEROES) who need a safe, nurturing environment where they can stay for up to 12 months to refocus and outline the next chapter in their life’s story.
“We are so pleased with the progress made by Valor Ranch toward building an environment of true support and healing for our nation’s SHEROES,” said Lindy Langston, president and executive director of The Heartspace Initiative. “We are honored to continue our partnership with them and are thrilled with the community support and engagement we have seen firsthand.”
A private foundation established in 2018, The Heartspace Initiative’s objective is to alleviate poverty, promote education and empower the underserved and the vulnerable.
Veterans Produce (veteransproduce.org) will be installing the aquaponics systems. The veteran-owned nonprofit organization is dedicated to eliminating veteran hunger due to food insecurity.
“We are very excited about the mission at Valor Ranch and feel blessed to be a small part of it,” said T.C. (“The Chief”) Beckett, CPO USN (retired) Veterans Produce founder/director.
Beckett says aquaponics/hydroponics garden systems are highly productive, growing up to eight to 10 times more food per square foot, up to 30 percent faster while using 90 percent less water. Additional advantages include no weeds, automatic watering by the system, a high level of pest control, year-round growing and the ability to recycle byproducts (waste) from the system into soil gardening otherwise known as Integrated Aquaculture Systems (IAS).
Plans include raised beds, which can accommodate wheelchair-bound gardeners.
Veterans residing at the ranch will be trained to work with the gardens, which will provide valuable transferrable skills to work in other greenhouses.
According to Beckett, the project will not only feed residents at Valor Ranch, it also will provide a source of revenue through sales at farmers markets. He anticipates the gardens feeding 270 people a week.
Wilcox says a portion of food grown in the gardens will be donated to local communities to help those in need in these unprecedented times.
“Our ultimate objective is for Valor Ranch to be self-sustaining,” said Wilcox. “Thanks to the generosity of The Heartspace Initiative and the work of Veterans Produce, we are well on our way.”
Valor Ranch Awarded $225,000 Grant from The Heartspace Initiative
Decatur, Texas (Oct. 31, 2019) – The Heartspace Initiative has awarded a $225,000 grant to Valor Ranch to begin Phase 1 construction of housing for female veterans to empower our Nation’s Sheroes to continue writing their story.
“It is an honor to receive this generous grant,” said Keri Wilcox, President, and Founder of Valor Ranch. “This allows Valor Ranch to begin constructing cottages for the SHEROES, women defined as heroes.”
Launched in 2018, Valor Ranch’s mission is to provide “a safe, nurturing environment where a SHERO can stay for up to 12 months to refocus and outline the next chapter of her story,” according to the organization’s website. “Valor Ranch focuses on a holistic approach to empower our nation’s female veterans from any era of service,” said Wilcox. “Each veteran is housed in her own cottage on the ranch. She will also share in activities such as cooking, gardening, and tending to the animals to support the ranch population as a whole. Additionally, the SHERO will participate in group, one-on-one, equine therapy, budgeting, cooking classes, as well as volunteering in the community in order to enhance her life skills and increase her self-worth.”
A private foundation founded in 2018, the objective of The Heartspace Initiative is to alleviate poverty, promote education, and empower the underserved and the vulnerable.
“As a foundation run by women, we were especially moved by Keri’s commitment to celebrate and support brave female veterans who have sacrificed so much,” said Lindy J. Langston, President, and Executive Director of The Heartspace Initiative. “We are honored to help Valor Ranch as they build a safe place for these women to heal and move forward after selflessly serving our country.”
Wilcox anticipates completion of Phase 1 construction by the fall of 2020. “Our goal is, by this time next year, to open the doors for four SHEROES, so they can continue to write their story,” she said.