Rescue, Rehab, Sanctuary

Our mission and passion is to provide a sanctuary for both youth and horses.  We have two locations, one in south Fort Collins and one in Laporte.  Between our two ranches, we offer sanctuary to 28 horses rescued from all over the country.  Many were rescued directly from the slaughter pipeline or from neglectful or abusive situations.  Other horses were surrendered to us by former owners who trusted us to care for them as they advance in age.  No matter their background, we value and respect all of our horses for their unique gifts and talents.

Our sweet horses also offer respite and healing to at-risk youth.  We've worked closely and for a number of years with both Mathews House and Turning Point.

Through interactive equine sessions, both for individuals and groups, youth can form healing relationships with our horses.

We are a faith-based organization, but all are welcome at our ranch.  Isaiah 61:1-3 reads, "The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor.  He has sent me to heal the comfort all who mourn...that He may be glorified."  We believe in caring for God's creation and serving those in need.  We pray and hope that all who participate in our programs find comfort and strength in their time of need.

We are a volunteer-based organization.  We would not be able to do what we do without all the dedicated individuals who give their time to care for our horses and serve our youth.  Contact us if you're interested in joining our cause!

We need your support to continue reaching out to at-risk children and families and to continue caring for our rescued horses.  Every drop adds to the ocean and your donation touches each kid, each horse and each volunteer.  Thank you for your consideration!

News & More

Latest Stories

Rescued Horses Rescue

Youth at Charis Ranch

Why We Love Charis


From Idea to Reality: The Evolution of Charis Youth Ranch

Meet Our Board

Committed to the Cause

Tracy Cookman

Founder & President

Tracy has been self employed, operating her own business since she began her real estate career as a single mom in 2001 in Washington state. Specializing in building relationships with her clients in order to reach their real estate goals, she has been awarded for  sales achievement in both Washington and Colorado. Tracy wears many hats as mother to her 5 children first,  Founder of this nonprofit and Real Estate Broker. In addition to writing the Manifesto for Charis Youth Ranch, she co-wrote the Youth Program Curriculum which is taught every summer to the kids who come to the ranch. Prior to her career in real estate she worked in Human Resources as an Employment Counselor helping people find and keep jobs.  Her strengths are communication, perseverance and faith.

Vickie Rath


Emily-Rose Lewis