Envision the Future of STARS

We are pleased to share the news with you that STARS has received another $1,000,000 contribution towards the Ranch. This along with other contributions that we have or expect to receive puts us $550,000 from our goal to complete Phase 1. To date STARS has raised $5,086,998 to help make the STARS Ranch, A Place of Hope and Healing a reality. Construction will get under way this summer on the ranch and equipment building. We expect that the construction will be complete in the summer of 2019 and we will be booking groups and changing lives soon after that.

We are so close, but we could use your help to get to the finish line! If you can help us to close the last $550,000 needed for Phase 1 we can get under way without any loans. This means that we can invest more money into supporting our clients through program and services. STARS Ranch donations are part of the Enterprise Zone so for residents of CO you can take additional tax credits as part of your donation.

Please call Julie Taulman at (970) 870-1950 or email her at julie@steamboatstars.com, if you would like to discuss a gift for the STARS Ranch.

Project Summary

STARS Ranch will be an asset for our community by providing a centralized hub for program-ming for people with disabilities. The ranch will be used for STARS day and overnight camps as well as by other community groups looking for interesting places for team building and meeting space. The complete project includes a fully accessible lodge and recreational ranch facility that will be warm and welcoming, with large open spaces to gather together, prepare meals, and interact with each other. The ranch will have 25-27 beds in dormitory style. The lodge is located on STARS 9-acre ranch that will have a therapy riding center, archery center, and accessible ropes course. The ranch sits on the valley floor in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado with stunning views of Mount Werner, three miles from the ski area. This location creates a unique, healing environment for our clients and allows them to not just survive, but thrive.

STARS Ranch Facility will include:
✮ Covered therapy riding facility
✮ Fully accessible dormitory style lodging facilities for campers
✮ Accessible high and low ropes course with elements designed to challenge those with and without disabilities.
✮ Archery center
✮ Central community kitchen within the lodge to provide meals during camps or events
✮ STARS year round office space
✮ STARS vehicle and equipment storage
✮ Accessible pathways around the property

The Need

ACCESSIBILITY: Currently there is not a fully accessible facility in Steamboat able to accommodate full overnight camps in one location at a price we can afford. Currently clients are spread out during camps in condos and hotels around the area through donations or because of accessibility. Part of the healing process is building connections with others in a group environment. STARS ranch will have many new group areas and activities to provide clients a place to heal, rejuvenate, reconnect, and to challenge them to achieve their personal best.

SPACE LIMITATIONS: Currently the number of camps STARS can offer is limited due to the availability of donated hotel rooms or condos. By owning our own fully accessible facility, we can offer additional camps throughout the year including holiday weeks. This location will provide a safe, friendly, therapeutic environment for our clients and their families to heal.

NEW PROGRAMS: The ranch allows for us to add new programs and to grow current existing ones. The ranch gives us a permanent home for our therapy riding program with more flexibility for local and group programs. We also can add programs such as the archery center and ropes course, which will bring more recreational opportunities for our clients and our community.

Ranch Benefits

✮ Centralized HUB for client drop off and pick up
✮ Additional program services such as extended day programs, respite care, or evening social opportunities for clients and families
✮ Welcoming place for locals and their families that will feel like home
✮ Potential work opportunities for clients with disabilities
✮ Increased tourism through new groups and families participating in STARS programs year round
✮ Small group meeting spaces available to other nonprofits in unique locations such as fire pits, walled tents/yurts, covered picnic areas, and community conference room

Lisa EvansSTARS Ranch