Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, 450 Lowell St., Andover, Massachusetts 01810

978.475.4056

Therapy with more horsepower

Therapy with more horsepower

Therapy with more horsepowerTherapy with more horsepower

Therapy with more horsepower

Therapy with more horsepower

Therapy with more horsepowerTherapy with more horsepowerTherapy with more horsepower

Using the dynamic power of horseback riding and the 

tranquil environment of a farm to create highly effective experiences. 

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Using the dynamic power of horseback riding and the 

tranquil environment of a farm to create highly effective experiences. 

We will get through this together, and we appreciate your support in any amount to help us as we feed and care for our horses and remain ready to reopen.

Regarding the coronavirus

Ironstone Farm has suspended programs until at least May 4, given the rapidly evolving nature of the novel coronavirus situation and following the state's lead.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We will reassess the situation every two weeks and report the news here. We look forward to seeing everyone as soon as possible.

Experience

Ironstone Farm staff celebrate receiving a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Supported by Cummings Foundation

Challenge Unlimited, Inc. at Ironstone Farm is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. We were chosen from 597 applicants, during a competitive review process. Cummings Foundation continues to provide millions of dollars to Greater Boston area charities. At Ironstone it is supporting dynamic educational programs for children and families in need at a new Arts & Education Center.

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Farmhouse retreat campaign

HELP IRONSTONE FARM BUILD A FARMHOUSE RETREAT CENTER

Partner with us to support the men and women who have sacrificed so that we can live our lives freely and safely. A donation of any amount will support this important project and help hundreds of men and women achieve the happiness they deserve. Our weekend retreats are offered free to veterans, and the center will allow them to stay on site during their weekends for more immersive, effective experiences. 

Visit us, talk to us, help us!!   

Participate

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Riding session

Ironstone Derby 5K & Party

Ironstone Derby 5K & Party

Join us at Ironstone Farm for recreational riding at all levels and abilities in a safe and encouraging environment.


Riding Block 2 begins on March 9th and all registration forms are due by Saturday, February 22nd for this 15-week lesson block.

Runners, party lovers enjoy the family-friendly Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party in Andover

Ironstone Derby 5K & Party

Ironstone Derby 5K & Party

Ironstone Derby 5K & Party

Spend Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Ironstone. Run or walk the 5K, enjoy the party with optional Texas Roadhouse ribs and chicken dinner or do it all to support our nonprofit. LEARN MORE.

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Double your impact! Gifts of $1,000 or more will be matched

Thanks to a generous local supporter, any gift of $1,000 or more will be matched up to a total of $125,000 more. This money will be used to help us burn our mortgage!

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Gear up with the Ironstone Farm store

From hats to sweatshirts to pants to jackets, our new store offers many ways to support Ironstone Farm's efforts -- and look great doing it! 

Fund the Farmhouse

building a Farmhouse Retreat center

building a Farmhouse Retreat center

building a Farmhouse Retreat center

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WHY?

22 combat veterans are committing suicide 

in this country every day!  

22!  WHY? 


Because the Post Traumatic Stress they live with after their service isn’t being addressed.  And if it is, too often the slightest trigger can still evoke the negative response that causes end of life actions. 

No warning, no apparent reason. So tragic! 

When asked, many vets and the professionals that work with them say that even when they get help it ends, but the underlying issues remain. Many talk about the need for ongoing community – a place to belong that will last well beyond formal intervention.


 Ironstone Farm provides such community. Often called an “oasis” in a crazy world, Ironstone’s doors are opened to a new way of life for veterans and others suffering with debilitating conditions – one that provides peace, well-being - and mission. The opportunity is there for all veterans who participate in the programs to stay involved and become part of this special community - as contributors! 


WE NEED THEM!  


For the past six years Ironstone has offered vets opportunities to become fully immersed into a place that uses a farm and its horses to provide healing for children with disabilities, adults with memory issues, teens with peer pressures, and more! Veterans suffering Post Traumatic Stress, anxiety and depression have found solace and meaning in their time here. But it isn’t enough …   


Six years ago we started the program helping vets. We quickly saw the need, and almost as quickly saw the positive influence of our horses. Three years ago, we determined that we would go the route to use the farm to change their lives so that it will last, and so it will lower those statistics!    

LOWERING THE STATISTICS

building a Farmhouse Retreat center

building a Farmhouse Retreat center

The farmhouse in the background is currently under construction to become the Farmhouse Retreat.

"EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM SAY THAT 'THIS IS THE BEST TIME THAT I HAVE SPENT 

IN MY ENTIRE VA EXPERIENCE'."  

 says Chris James, Navy Veteran 

and Master of Social Work for the Boston VA


 WE WANT TO … BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We started raising money to renovate our 

Farmhouse to become a Retreat Center for Veterans. It took two years to raise $200,000 and one year to get permits.  But with the permits came the harsh reality that this is a $600,000 project!  


CAN YOU HELP?  

Partner with us to support the men and women 

who have sacrificed their lives so that we can live ours freely and safely.  A donation of any amount will support this important project and help hundreds of men and women achieve the happiness they deserve. Visit us, talk to us, help us!!    


NEED TO RAISE

$400,000 to complete this project!  

Total cost of project:  $600,000.  

Cash and in-kind donations so far:  $200,000  


SPENT TO DATE

$150,000 

For permits, septic plan, demo, framing, plumbing and electric work of basement and first floor, 

and dry walling of first floor.  


IN-KIND DONATIONS RECEIVED

$30,000 value for - Architectural drawings, inside doors and discounted engineer,

plumbing and electrical work. 

Thank you!


   

#IronstoneFarmhouseRetreatFundraiser




We can do so much more!

building a Farmhouse Retreat center

We can do so much more!

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Consider a donation in any amount! OR 

Choose a specific job to donate in-kind


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APPROXIMATE PROJECT COSTS
 Heat and air:                                                  $50,000

Wheelchair lift:                                              $30,000

Remaining electrical:                                   $15,000

Flooring throughout:                                    $12,000

Remaining drywall:                                       $11,000

Remaining plumbing:                                   $11,000

Insulation:                                                       $10,000

Interior finish:                                                 $10,000

Deck and ramp:                                               $6,000

Appliances:                                                      $5,000

Counter tops:                                                    $3,500

Remaining paint:                                              $2,500

Septic and infrastructure updates:           $234,000




PARTNER WITH US!

Help make this project a place of joy

for veterans and their families. 

Anything you give is needed

and so very much appreciated!





If you wish to make an in-kind donation of 

materials or labor, please email 

Deedee O'Brien

Executive Director

Ironstone Farm and Challenge Unlimited, Inc.

ironstone1960@gmail.com

Partners

SUPPORTERS

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FOUNDATIONS

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COLLABORATIONS

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