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The development, growth and changes at Snow Redfern Foundation this past year have been phenomenal. Each year that we provide grants for youth organizations, we learn so much, and continue to improve our process. As we pursue, and follow our Mission Statement, we believe we are improving our efforts to aid Nebraska’s at-
The changes we are experiencing are also impactful. Since the closure of Nebraska Boys Ranch in 2009, the Foundation has struggled with creating its “own identify”. It seems everyone had heard of Nebraska Boys Ranch, but had not heard of Snow Redfern Foundation. In case you missed it, SRF created and ran NBR! Through the process of Board retreats, we have decided it’s time to “look” more like we “are”. In other words, we are rebranding our Foundation. When looking at our new logo, you will see that we are reclaiming our roots, and expanding the SRF legacy. Now that Teen Challenge of the Midlands (DBA the Boys Ranch on the Oregon Trail) is no longer in operation, we shall return to using Nebraska Boys Ranch synonymously with Snow Redfern Foundation. Donors, and other supporters, have had difficulty making the transition from our residential program for Boys, to the Foundation which created NBR. Accepting that NBR is at our “roots”. With the outstanding history of the residential program, we intend to expand the very legacy of that outstanding program.
Welcome to our website, and thank you for taking time to check us out. If you have visited here before, you will find that I have a hard time keeping it current. I didn’t realized how much time it can take to keep a website current, plus keep a Facebook page current and appropriate. So much information can be floating out there on Facebook, and so much of it is NOT what I want to see, or for you to have to endure. If you are anything like MOST of us; enough with the political overload! It is my goal to keep all of the political posts OFF of our Facebook, but if something gets by me, I hope you will know it was an oversight, and not an intentional attempt to influence your views politically.
YEAR 5 FOR GRANT OPPORTUNITIES!
Mrs. Arvilla Snow-
LOOKING FOR A WIN-
Let’s be honest, most of us are looking for that “deal” where everyone wins. This time of the year we all begin to think about tax time as well. If you are looking for another tax deduction to claim for 2015, remember that Snow-
In any case, it is a win-
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A TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER:
MRS. ARVILLA SNOW-
I have been doing some additional reading and searching about the history of the development of the Snow-
Mrs. Redfern knew long before she willed her ranch to the Foundation that she had a love to care for kids. As early as 1955 she was starting her plans to provide a safe haven for kids, while at that same time she was already doing so by taking in foster kids, and others without a place to live. How many foster and “other” kids she had we do not know, but that is what started her to dream about a special place for kids.
Another motivating factor was her own son, Monte. He was surely the one she loved most dearly. However, her dreams of him continuing with the ranch-
The third motivating factor that I have gathered from reading her letters, and minutes from some of the first Board of Director’s meetings, she used her great wisdom and knowledge to see that her LEGACY should be to honor her son via caring for hundreds additional deserving youth. I would like to share just part of one of her letters to show what an intelligent, foresighted woman she was, and how driven she was in her pursuit of this dream she wanted to share with others.
“Also to anyone anywhere who loves to lend a hand in whatsoever way they can to those among them, may I say: If in doing so the Foundation (Snow-
Mrs. Redfern was a woman to be reckoned with; a woman who knew what she wanted, and knew what was needed. The Board of Director’s, along with myself as Executive Director, are committed to carry on with her dreams and see that her LEGACY will live forever.
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SNOW REDFERN FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS IN NEBRASKA
Please view this video, developed by Beyond School Bells, and then let others know about the efforts our Foundation goes to in order to assist youth. For several years, Snow Redfern Foundation has partnered with after school programs, or ELO’s (expanded learning opportunities), providing learning that goes beyond schools bells. These programs have PROVEN their value in so many ways; safe havens for youth who would be unsupervised while parents are working, driving down delinquency behaviors, improving self-