Rescue, Rehab, Sanctuary

Our mission and passion is to provide a sanctuary for both youth and horses. We offer sanctuary to 15 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!

Meet Our Board

Committed to the Cause

Tracy Heckert

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


Let me introduce myself. My name is Vicky Rath. I am a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and I am honored to be a member of the Board of Directors for Charis Youth Ranch. I grew up in Wray, Colorado, a small ranching and farming community. I graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Straight out of CSU, I worked for Osberg Construction as a Job Cost Accountant and then later with Rhoads Construction as their Office Manager. My career in real estate began in 1995. I worked part time as a Realtor while also doing accounting work. In 1995, I took a leap of faith and became a full time Realtor. 21 year later, I continue to thrive in this career. I was a member of the Agent Leadership Council for Keller Williams Realty from 2006-2012. The ALC consists of the top Realtors in the office. We assisted the owners of the franchise in making leadership decisions to keep the franchise running successfullyNumbers have always been my passion. I continue to use my financial background to help buyers and sellers make wise real estate decisions. I advise my clients that the power of decision- making lies in the numbers, not the emotions. I am honored to bring this expertise to Charis Youth Ranch and support their mission.

Emily-Rose Lewis



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