Addressing teen suicide – Jewels’ Angels Ranch GoFundMe Link :
We started The Jewels’ Angels Foundation, Inc. shortly after losing Jewels to suicide in 2016. She was only 14 years old. Our mission statement is helping teens see that they are not alone with depression and educating on the awareness and prevention of suicide.
Our goal is to save teens and other families from having to go through losing someone they love to suicide. This gave us the idea to start-up the Jewels’ Angels Ranch, by offering supportive, co-ed groups, led by dynamic, responsible, and well-trained leaders, teaching teens the ability to learn about themselves individually through acceptance and personal growth.
Targeting teens, between the ages of 13 – 18 years old, with depression and mental illness, our program provides a healthy and healing atmosphere for the teen to bond and connect with a horse trained for emotional healing, with an emphasis on educating about the importance of establishing a healthy, mental well-being, as an alternative to making poor choices; by providing them with a sense of belonging and self-love.
But we can’t do this without proper funding and we need your support to make Jewels’ dream a reality.
We have provided an itemized list of costs to start our ranch (organizational costs) and to cover the first year of operational costs:
Purchase property (land): $200,000
Cost to build center (includes excavate & slab): $51,273
Costs to build stables / barn / fencing / corrals: $142,800
Permits / Build well / Sewer line installation / Electrical: $34,286
Purchase horses / feed / care & maintenance: $22,335
First year operational costs: $66,308
Overhead costs: $9,946
This ranch is desperately needed in our community with teen suicide on the rise. Teen suicide rates and teen depression have increased with each passing year and especially among teen girls, nationally.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, teens between the ages of 15-24 years of age have a suicide rate of 14.46 in 2017.
Teen suicide between the ages of 15-24 is the second leading cause of death among the age group.
This needs to stop and we can make a difference, but we need your help!