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

978.475.4056

Ironstone Farm

Therapy with more horsepower

Ironstone Farm

Therapy 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. 

Ironstone Farm Highlights

Experience

Spirit of giving





SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2019

SPIRIT OF GIVING

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Farmhouse retreat campaign





HELP IRONSTONE FARM BUILD A FARMHOUSE RETREAT

Farmhouse Fundraising information

Cummings Foundation






Learn about Cummings

Participate

spring Riding sessions

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

Register Now

Summer camp

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Kids aged 7 to 15 can learn to ride, 

or become more experienced riders, at our fun, inclusive summer camp.

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Volunteer

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At the heart of our nonprofit are the 200 volunteers a week who help power our programs. Have fun and change people's lives for the better!

Volunteer Now

Donate

Our Mission is to provide therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities using horses and the working farm environment 

to help individuals achieve optimum quality of life.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Fund the Farmhouse

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

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




Click here to support the Ironstone 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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