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Shiloh Youth Ranch is entering their 13th summer providing a variety of high energy, relational programs for youth-at-risk ages 7-17. With a mission to love, accept, and encourage each child and teen that takes part in their programs Shiloh Youth Ranch mentors children and youth in positive choices. Shiloh is a venue where healing and restoration of dignity can take place.
Existing to give children and youth who do not have the chance to enjoy a summer camp experience and participate in high quality programs, the criteria for participants to attend is:
• Youth from families living below the Canadian poverty standards.
• Youth in foster care, group homes, or transitional care.
Shiloh does not turn anyone away from their programs due to a lack of funds. If the full amount of a registration fee is not available they do their best to accommodate the child. Shiloh fundraisers almost every dollar needed to run their programs.
One of the things unique to Shiloh is that the summer campers have the opportunity to sleep in chuck wagons. Complete with electricity for lights and heat, these eight bunked wagons are constructed in such a way as to provide lots of storage space for luggage while keeping the atmosphere cozy. Relationships and lasting friendships are easily created in this rustic setting.
Comments received from social workers and families have been very encouraging. Youth returning home from Shiloh have exhibited the positive changes that come from time spent in a relational atmosphere.
As a volunteer said, “I came to Shiloh to volunteer, and make a difference in the lives of others. However it was my life that was impacted and changed for the better by coming to this place.”
Please visit www.shilohyouthranch.com for more information.
The REALTORS® Community Foundation is proud to support Shiloh Youth Ranch by providing a grant for post summer follow-up and mentoring. The REALTORS® Community Foundation supports charities that work in the areas of Shelter, Homelessness, Hunger, Crime Prevention and Special Projects and since 1986 have provided over $3M to Edmonton and area charities.